Depth chart notes: October 16

Almost everything went well for Missouri against Nebraska, and Gary Pinkel will stick with some of the changes he made for that game. But not everything went well. See which Tiger veteran has been demoted, and what changes Pinkel has made for the game against Oklahoma.

Brock Harvey's inconsistent punting has finally landed him on the bench. Although Harvey and Todd Gohsler are listed either/or on the depth chart, it will definitely be Gohsler starting, Inside Mizzou has learned.

Goshler came in during the second half against Nebraska and punted one inside the five. His second punt, though, went for a 25-yard net. Harvey had an 18-yard punt and a 21-yard punt against Nebraska. He hasn't had a good game since Missouri's opener, so it will be Gohsler on Saturday.

Kicker Mike Matheny, who had another hard game against Nebraska with a missed extra point and an out-of-bounds kickoff, will apparently remain as the starting kicker.

* True freshman Brad Ekwerekwu, in his second game, dropped a pass at one of the most important times against Nebraska, but he said it didn't hurt his confidence. Ekwerekwu dropped a ball on a slant route on third-and-4 in the third quarter with the Tigers approaching midfield.

"I should have caught it, it was a big play for a third-down conversion," Ekwerekwu said.

Ekwerekwu got another chance minutes later to make a play. He took a reverse from Tyrone Roberson on a kickoff and returned it to the Missouri 31, a play Missouri took advantage of the bye week to prepare for.

"It was obviously a big confidence boost for me," Ekwerekwu said. "It helped me feel better for myself."

Ekwerekwu remains ahead of Chris Crosby as the backup X-receiver behind Darius Outlaw.

* Missouri has shaken up the secondary a little bit, although no starters will be affected for Saturday's game against Oklahoma. Terrence Curry moved from backup outside safety to backup free safety, and David Overstreet, a former backup free safety, switched with Curry as backup whip.

A.J. Kincade started in place of Calvin Washington on Saturday, but had to leave with an injured right knee in the second quarter. Although he was still on crutches Monday, he said there's a very good chance he will play.

* Gary Pinkel said the biggest difference between Brad Smith's running against Kansas, where he rushed for 32 yards, and his 123 yards against Nebraska was simply blocking from the offensive line. One of the changes Pinkel made on the offensive line for the Nebraska game was starting Steven Sanchez ahead of Scott Paffrath.

"My first career start was great, a big win for us," Sanchez said. "It couldn't have gone better."


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