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Missouri football, Week 10 depth chart notes: Franklin still questionable, Sam close to some records

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Bill Carter

This week's game notes are out (PDF). Here are some notes on the depth chart.

  • James Franklin is still listed as "questionable" on the third string. This is another wait-and-see situation, though I don't think it would surprise anybody if Franklin's ready to go by Saturday. It would honestly surprise me a bit if he wasn't ready to go.
  • Marvin Foster's out, so Josh Augusta is now the second-string defensive tackle.
  • That's pretty much all the movement I can find. Your "OR" starters are still "OR" starters -- Eric Waters and Sean Culkin at tight end, Michael Sam and Shane Ray at defensive end, and Harold Brantley and Lucas Vincent at nose guard. (And yeah, I assume this is another one of those situations where Mizzou will claim Ray a "returning starter" next year. And let's face it: He's starter caliber.)

Other tidbits from the game notes:

  • This is Missouri's first trip to Lexington since 1968, when the Wildcats took the Tigers down, 12-6. Kentucky was a pain in Dan Devine's backside overall -- they also beat the 1965 team (a really damn good one), 7-0, in Columbia to start the season.
  • A win would give Missouri its fourth nine-win season under Gary Pinkel and its fifth 9-1 start in 123 years. (That's exciting and a bit depressing.) It would also be Mizzou's seventh nine-win season, period. I guess that's what happens when your best decade (1960s) takes place when there are only 10 regular season games.
  • A win would also give Gary Pinkel his 99th as Missouri head coach. Don Faurot won 101. Wow. Getting really close here. Just saying ... winning out would mean the A&M game would be his 101st. Just saying.
  • Just saying.
  • Mizzou has forced a turnover in 39 consecutive games, most in the country. The next three on the list are all Pac-12 teams: Stanford (32), Washington (24), and Arizona State (22).
  • L'Damian Washington now has 14 career receiving touchdowns, which puts him alone in sixth on Mizzou's all-time list. He's four behind Martin Rucker and Justin Gage, who are tied for fourth. He's probably not catching Danario Alexander and Jeremy Maclin (tied for second at 22).
  • Henry Josey now has 22 rushing touchdowns, which ties Tony Temple for ninth all-time at Mizzou. James Wilder is eighth at 23, and Bob Steuber is seventh at 26. Josey's only six behind Derrick Washington and Devin West, who are tied for fourth.
  • With two more tackles for loss, Michael Sam will move into Missouri's all-time top 10. He's already fourth in career sacks, three behind Justin Smith and Stryker Sulak. (He's not catching Brian Smith for first -- he's 12 behind. Then again, that's four good games for him...) Not bad for an "OR" starter.
  • More Sam: His 10 sacks in 2013 are the fourth-best single-season mark; it would be a shock if he didn't set this record (Aldon Smith's 11.5 in 2009) by season's end. He also has 16 tackles for loss; one more would bring him into the top 10, and eight more would tie him for first with Justin Smith (2000) and ... Keith Wright (2002)? Really? Keith Wright had 24 tackles for loss in 2002? How did I not know this?
  • Career starts for Missouri's projected starting offensive line: 100. Yessir.

Missouri and Kentucky kick off at 11:00 a.m. CT on ESPNU.