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Missouri depth chart: Tigers release 2-deep for Tennessee game

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There's only one real change, but it's a pretty significant one.

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Offense

QB
Maty Mauk (6'0, 195, So.) (156-for-294, 1,784 yards, 19 TD, 10 INT, 15 sacks, 5.4 yards/attempt; 65 carries, 420 yards, 1 TD)
Eddie Printz (6'2, 215, RSFr.) (0-for-1)
Corbin Berkstresser (6'3, 220, Jr.)

It probably goes without saying that there are no changes to the two-deep following what was probably Missouri's best offensive performance of the season. Texas A&M's defense isn't good, but only one team has gained more yards on the Aggies this year (Alabama, in a 59-0 win). With better luck/execution in the red zone, the Tigers could have easily ended up with 45+ points instead of simply 34.

When you play really well, you try not to make any changes.

RB
Marcus Murphy (5'9, 190, Sr.) (128 carries, 607 yards, 1 TD; 20 catches, 143 yards, 1 TD) -OR-
Russell Hansbrough (5'9, 190, Jr.) (142 carries, 790 yards, 9 TD; 9 catches, 54 yards)
Ish Witter (5'10, 190, Fr.) (21 carries, 78 yards, 1 TD)
Tyler Hunt (5'11, 215, Jr.) (2 carries, 9 yards)

Murphy and Hansbrough ended up with 20 carries each, though Hansbrough obviously did a lot more with his. Witter, meanwhile, got a couple of series, four carries, and a pass target. They're trusting him more and more, which is obviously an exciting sign considering Murphy's only got a few games left.

WR-X
Bud Sasser (6'2, 220, Sr.) (52 catches, 701 yards, 8 TD)
J'Mon Moore (6'3, 190, RSFr.) (2 catches, 33 yards)

WR-H
Jimmie Hunt (6'0, 205, Sr.) (26 catches, 362 yards, 5 TD)
Gavin Otte (5'10, 200, Sr.) (1 catch, -3 yards) -OR-
Lawrence Lee (5'10, 180, Fr.) (2 catches, 13 yards)

WR-Z
Darius White (6'3, 205, Sr.) (23 catches, 294 yards, 4 TD)
Wesley Leftwich (6'1, 200, Jr.) (3 catches, 36 yards)
Nate Brown (6'3, 205, Fr.) (4 catches, 31 yards)

TE
Sean Culkin (6'6, 245, So.) (13 catches, 125 yards, 1 TD)
Jason Reese (6'5, 240, RSFr.)
Clayton Echard (6'5, 260, Jr.)

The four starters (and Murphy) caught all the passes, though Mauk did target Brown once (drop) and Moore once (defensive pass interference). One assumes it'll be that way for most of the rest of the season since the three starters are all healthy (KNOCK ON WOOD) again.

LT
Mitch Morse (6'6, 305, Sr.) (35 career starts)
Nate Crawford (6'5, 290, RSFr.)

LG
Brad McNulty (6'4, 305, Jr.) (11 career starts)
Jordan Williams (6'3, 295, So.)

C
Evan Boehm (6'3, 320, Jr.) (36 career starts)
Alec Abeln (6'3, 290, RSFr.)
Stephen Carberry (6'5, 300, Sr.)

RG
Connor McGovern (6'4, 300, Jr.) (24 career starts)
Mitch Hall (6'5, 310, Jr.) (4 career starts)

RT
Taylor Chappell (6'5, 300, Jr.) (6 career start)
Clay Rhodes (6'5, 290, RSFr.)

The false starts are annoying, and the line was going up against what was almost the A&M second-string defensive line. Still, Mizzou dominated up front like you're supposed to against the A&M second-string line. That was good to see. And there are no changes here.

Defense

DE
Markus Golden (6'3, 260, Sr.) (36.5 tackles, 11.5 TFL, 6.5 sacks, 1 FF, 1 FR, 2 PBU, 5 QB hurries)

Marcus Loud (6'4, 260, RSFr.) (7.0 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 1 QB hurry)
Rickey Hatley (6'4, 285, So.) (4.5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 sack, 1 FF)

DT
Matt Hoch (6'5, 295, Sr.) (17.0 tackles, 7 TFL, 3 sacks, 2 PBU, 2 QB hurries) -OR-
Lucas Vincent (6'2, 300, Sr.) (18.0 tackles, 4 TFL, 1.5 sacks, 1 FR)

NG
Harold Brantley (6'3, 280, So.) (26.5 tackles, 6 TFL, 4 sacks, 1 PBU, 5 QB hurries)
Josh Augusta (6'4, 335, So.) (9.5 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 INT, 1 FF, 1 QB hurry)

DE
Shane Ray (6'3, 245, Jr.) (46.5 tackles, 18 TFL, 13 sacks, 2 FF, 1 PBU, 4 QB hurries)
Charles Harris (6'3, 255, RSFr.) (14.5 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 FF, 2 PBU, 3 QB hurries)

Only one minor change here. Rickey Hatley has basically played as a DE/DT hybrid this year, and he's bounced back and forth on the two-deep. He's back to DE this week and should get a few passing downs snaps again.

Meanwhile, it was lovely seeing Loud, Harris, and Augusta, a.k.a. potential 2015  starters, all making some plays in College Station.

WLB
Kentrell Brothers (6'1, 240, Jr.) (61.5 tackles, 5 TFL, 1 sack, 2 FF, 4 PBU, 2 QB hurries)
Darvin Ruise (6'1, 235, Sr.) (19.5 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU)

MLB
Michael Scherer (6'3, 230, So.) (61.5 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 2 FR, 1 PBU, 2 QB hurries)
Eric Beisel (6'3, 225, RSFr.) (11.0 tackles, 0.5 TFL)

SLB
Donavin Newsom (6'2, 230, So.) (13.0 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 PBU, 3 QB hurries -OR-
Clarence Green (6'0, 225, Jr.) (11.0 tackles, 1 QB hurry)

No changes here; barring injury, I don't expect any from here on out.

CB
Kenya Dennis (6'0, 195, Jr.) (36.0 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 1 FF, 7 PBU, 1 QB hurry)
David Johnson (5'11, 195, Jr.) (5.0 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 FF)
Logan Cheadle (5'10, 170, Fr.) (0.5 tackles)

CB
Aarion Penton (5'10, 185, So.) (24.0 tackles, 2 TFL, 3 INT, 7 PBU, 1 FF)
John Gibson (6'0, 190, So.) (15.5 tackles, 3 PBU)

The biggest story of the week: Aarion Penton's back. Apparently his suspension for a marijuana citation lasted only one game, which is a bit surprising, honestly. Missouri proved it didn't need Penton to slow down a pretty good offense this week, but with him back and seemingly everybody healthy, a stiff defense just got stiffer.

SS
Braylon Webb (6'0, 200, Sr.) (39.5 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 4 INT, 1 FR, 2 PBU)
Duron Singleton (6'1, 210, Sr.) (32.5 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 FR)
Anthony Sherrils (6'0, 190, RSFr.) (6.5 tackles)

FS
Ian Simon (6'0, 195, Jr.) (28.0 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU, 1 FF)
Cortland Browning (6'1, 205, Jr.) (3.0 tackles, 1 PBU)
Thomas Wilson (5'10, 190, Fr.) (10.0 tackles, 1 PBU)

Ian Simon both had a diving interception and suffered a horrific miscue on Josh Reynolds' 56-yard touchdown catch in the third quarter. Aside from 2-3 passes, though, Mizzou more than survived without Penton and without Webb for a half. This secondary passed a huge test, from Singleton to Browning.

Special Teams

K
Andrew Baggett (6'1, 215, Jr.) (36-36 PAT, 8-9 FG under 40, 3-7 FG over 40)
Nick Coffman (5'11, 175, So.)

Still Baggett.

P
Christian Brinser (6'2, 195, Sr.) (55 punts, 41.1 average, 19 fair caught, 20 inside 20)
Andrew Baggett (6'1, 215, Jr.)

Still Brinser.

KR
Marcus Murphy (5'9, 190, Sr.) (11 KR, 32.9 average, 2 TD)
John Gibson (6'0, 190, So.) (1 KR, 22 yards)

PR
Marcus Murphy (5'9, 190, Sr.) (21 PR, 14.3 average, 1 TD)
Aarion Penton (5'10, 185, So.)

Still Murphy.