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Week 12 Depth Chart: Missouri running it back with same depth chart
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November 12, 2019
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With no major changes to this week’s depth chart, the Tigers seem content with running it back with the same group as Florida comes into town.

Missouri released its 10th official depth chart on Tuesday following its third straight conference loss, this time to Georgia, on Saturday. The next game won’t be any easier as the Tigers face No. 11 Florida, but at least they get the Gators at Faurot Field, the place where Missouri is 5-0 this season.

Here’s the full depth chart with some quick reactions following it:

Offense

Quarterback

Running Back

Wide Receiver

  • 9 Jalen Knox* 6-0 195 So. Mansfield, Texas (Timberview)
  • 13 Kam Scott* 6-2 170 So. Manvel, Texas (Manvel)

Wide Receiver

Slot Receiver

Left Tackle

  • 70 Yasir Durant** 6-7 330 Sr. Philadelphia, Pa. (Imhotep/Arizona Western)
  • 64 Bobby Lawrence 6-8 300 RSFr. St. Joseph, Mo. (Central)

Left Guard

  • 59 Case Cook 6-5 295 RSSo. Carrollton, Ga. (Carrollton)
  • 73 Mike Ruth 6-7 320 RSFr. Coppell, Texas (Coppell)

Center

Right Guard

Right Tackle

  • 79 Larry Borom* 6-6 340 RSSo. Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Brother Rice)
  • 50 Hyrin White* 6-6 305 RSSo. DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto)

Tight End

Defense

Defensive End

Defensive Tackle

Defensive Tackle

Defensive End

Weakside Linebacker

  • 32 Nick Bolton* 6-0 235 So. Frisco, Texas (Lone Star)
  • 25 Jamal Brooks** 6-1 240 Jr. Bessemer, Ala. (Bessemer City)

Middle Linebacker

Cornerback

Cornerback

  • 2 DeMarkus Acy*** 6-2 195 Sr. Dallas, Texas (Wilmer-Hutchins)
  • 14 Adam Sparks** 6-0 180 Jr. Baton Rouge, La. (Dutchtown)

Free Safety

Strong Safety

Boundary Safety

Special teams

Kicker

Punter

  • 19 Tucker McCann** 6-2 215 Sr. O’Fallon, Ill. (O’Fallon)

Kick Returner

  • 1 Tyler Badie* 5-9 190 So. Memphis, Tenn. (Briarcrest Christian)

Punt Returner

  • 17 Richaud Floyd 5-11 195 RSSr. Gulfport, Miss. (Gulfport)
  • 87 Cade Musser 5-9 200 RSFr. Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs)

Depth chart analysis

Bryant still QB1, no movement at backup

Though he didn’t play against Georgia on Saturday due to a lingering hamstring injury, Kelly Bryant is still atop the depth chart at the quarterback position.

Bryant was also the starter on last week’s depth chart, though last Tuesday he said his hamstring was only at about 75%. He warmed up with Missouri prior to last week’s game, but Taylor Powell ended up starting instead. Head coach Barry Odom said post-game that he expected Bryant to be healthy by the time Florida comes into town this Saturday, so it makes sense that the Tigers would keep him at No. 1.

He may not be healthy just yet, but with five more days still to recover, Missouri is expecting Bryant to be good to go against the Gators.

Meanwhile, Powell remains the top option as Bryant’s backup. He had a lackluster performance against the Bulldogs, leading the offense past midfield just once in over three quarters of playing time. Powell doesn’t deserve all of the blame, though, thanks to the play of the pass catchers, offensive line, and running backs, who all had poor performances.

However, third-string quarterback Connor Bazelak was impressive in limited time when he replaced Powell in the fourth quarter, completing 8 of 12 passes for 64 yards while almost leading the only scoring drive of the night for Missouri (he and Dominic Gicinto couldn’t connect on fourth and goal for a touchdown).

There’s been speculation that Bazelak could see an uptick in playing time after his performance, and perhaps eventually move into the backup role.

But, as the depth chart shows, Odom and offensive coordinator Derek Dooley still have faith in Powell for the time being.

‘Or’ distinctions gone

Missouri removed ‘or’ distinctions throughout the depth chart, meaning there will be no co-starters this week against Florida.

That means that Jalen Knox, Larry Borom and Devin Nicholson are the confirmed starters at wide receiver, right tackle and middle linebacker, respectively, heading into Saturday.

Despite an impressive freshman year, Knox has disappeared for most of the past couple of months. He hasn’t caught more than a single pass in a game since Week 3 against SEMO, and has no more than eight receiving yards in a game in the same time span. Borom has been okay on the offensive line, but he’s picked up his share of holding penalties throughout the current losing streak and hasn’t done much to correct the issues that have plagued the line since after Homecoming.

Nicholson, on the other hand, has played a huge role in keeping the defense afloat after losing Cale Garrett. A true freshman, Nicholson has produced six total tackles in both the loss to Kentucky and the loss to Georgia. Though the defense still has trouble with mobile quarterbacks and strong run games, Nicholson has helped take control of the middle of the field alongside Nick Bolton.

It remains to be seen what each player has done to earn sole starter status. Perhaps they’ve shown in practice that without a doubt they are “the guy” at the position, though it’s possible the coaching staff decided having that uncertainty on the depth chart wasn’t something they wanted in the face of so much adversity.

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