Missouri football, Week 5 depth chart notes: Gatti, Copeland, and few changes on the two-deep

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This week's Game Notes are available (PDF). Here are some comments on the Mizzou depth chart as the Tigers prepare for Vanderbilt.

  • There's been some shuffling on the offensive line, but really it's just the depth chart catching up to what we were already seeing. Anthony Gatti is now listed as an "OR" starter with Max Copeland at left guard; he was previously listed as the backup left tackle despite clearly splitting snaps, nearly 50-50, with Copeland (and starting at Indiana in Copeland's absence). Accordingly, Mitch Hall is now listed as the backup right guard, and Jordan Williams has moved to backup left tackle. The 10 names on the OL two-deep have not changed.
  • That's actually the only movement as far as I can tell. Bud Sasser and Jimmie Hunt have basically been splitting snaps 50-50 at the WR-H position for the last couple of weeks (to my eye, Hunt actually saw most of the snaps in Bloomington), but Sasser is still listed as the starter with no "OR".
  • Eric Waters and Sean Culkin are still listed as "OR" at tight end (whatever the heck a "tight end" is).
  • Michael Sam and Shane Ray are "OR" at defensive end (and wow, have they both been fantastic these last couple of weeks).
  • Lucas Vincent and Harold Brantley are "OR" at nose guard. Matt Hoch was listed in the starting lineup before the game on Saturday but didn't play; he's still listed as the starter now and is expected to play at Vandy on Saturday.

Some more interesting tidbits from the game notes:

  • Career starts for this weekend's projected starting offensive line: 74. If Gatti were to start over Copeland, it would be 63.
  • Gary Pinkel is seven wins away from tying Don Faurot for all-time wins at Missouri, eight away from taking the lead. There are eight conference games. I'M JUST SAYING.
  • Mizzou's the only offense in the country with four players at 215 or more rushing yards.
  • Mizzou is averaging 45.5 points per game after four games this year. Last year: 33.5. The Tigers scored 62 points versus SE Louisiana, then scored a combined 54 against Georgia, Arizona State, and South Carolina. Obviously, the first four games were much easier this time around, but Mizzou's also averaging 6.2 rushing yards per carry as opposed to 3.9 and is at 57% on third-down conversions as opposed to 32%. I'll take it.
  • The all-time Mizzou-Vandy series is at 2-2-1. THIS GAME IS ENORMOUS.

And in case you missed it, here are the local television affiliates for Saturday.

  • Cape Girardeau: Charter channel 224, Comcast channel 96 (analog) or 395 (HD).
  • Columbia: KQFX
  • Kansas City: KCTV
  • Springfield: KOZL
  • St. Joseph: KNPN
  • St. Louis: Charter channel 224, otherwise nothing. Which is annoying. The SEC Network can't get here quickly enough, I guess.
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