Who will start on offense?

Sure, Brad Smith (left) will be a starter, but who else will be with him? There's a shuffle at offensive line, and someone has to emerge from the big shuffle at tight end.

Quarterback: Brad Smith

Not exactly a bold pick here. Smith will be the starter as long as he is in Columbia, but the Tiger offense will only improve as much as Smith improves his passing. He will always be a dangerous running threat (he will probably break the school career rushing record halfway into the season), but his passing game will spread out defenses better and make the offense less predictable.

Backups: Brandon Coleman, Chase Patton, Darrell Jackson

Running back: Damien Nash

Nash will have a very competitive summer with Marcus Woods, but the bet here is that Nash will keep the job. He was extremely consistent, and consistently good, in the spring, and at this point, he's a better runner than Woods. Nash showed that he's harder of a runner than many think, and though he might not punish defenses as much as Zack Abron, he will keep Missouri's potent running game going.

Backup: Marcus Woods

Tight end: Victor Sesay

This was one of the most competitive positions in the spring, and it seems Sesay has the upper hand here. He can catch better than any of the other ends, and he has shown improvement in his blocking abilities. He is a huge target for Smith, but it wouldn't be a surprise if Clint Matthews or even Josh Barbo get the time on blocking downs. For a starter, though, the money's on Sesay.

Backups: Clint Matthews, DeQuincy Howard, Josh Barbo

Wide Receiver: Thomson Omboga, Brad Ekwerekwu, Sean Coffey

Going into the spring, it seemed one of the freshmen could have moved up on Coffey, given his disappointing sophomore season. And even though Coffey didn't have a great spring, he still has the coaches' confidence. With that said, look for Jason Ray to move up in the four-wide sets, and Greg Bracey and Arnold Britt could even get some time too.

Backups: Jason Ray, Arnold Britt, Greg Bracey

Center: Adam Spieker; Guards: Tony Palmer, Joe Gianino; Tackles: Scott Paffrath, Tony Clinker

The spring started with Joe Gianino at center, but Spieker, a redshirt freshman got more and more reps, and with a strong summer, he could get the starting nod. This would allow Gianino to move to guard, his more natural position. Guard, though, would be the only solid position on the line with experience. There could be a lot of shuffling even as the season goes on at the tackles and at center.

Backups: Scott Wheatley, Mike Cook, Tyler Luellen.


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