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Missouri's latest two-deep is out. If you're looking for changes ... well, you have to look pretty hard.

Offense

QB
Maty Mauk (6'0, 195, So.) (168-for-319, 2,014 yards, 21 TD, 10 INT, 18 sacks, 5.6 yards/attempt; 71 carries, 296 yards, 1 TD)
Eddie Printz (6'2, 215, RSFr.) (0-for-1)
Corbin Berkstresser (6'3, 220, Jr.)

At some point, you are what the numbers say you are. Maty Mauk simply might be a low-efficiency, high-explosiveness guy. With an efficient run game and decent receivers, you can build a good offense around that. But the last two games, we've seen what a good Missouri offense might look like moving forward (on into next season), with a good run game and some big pass plays, and Mauk is 35-for-65 (54%) in those two games.

Hmm. This might be fodder for a bigger post down the line.

RB
Marcus Murphy (5'9, 190, Sr.) (147 carries, 689 yards, 3 TD; 21 catches, 158 yards, 1 TD) -OR-
Russell Hansbrough (5'9, 190, Jr.) (157 carries, 858 yards, 9 TD; 10 catches, 60 yards)
Ish Witter (5'10, 190, Fr.) (22 carries, 81 yards, 1 TD)
Tyler Hunt (5'11, 215, Jr.) (2 carries, 9 yards)

These two didn't break any big plays in Knoxville, but they took the yards given to them and helped to prevent an inefficient offense from becoming devastatingly so.

WR-X
Bud Sasser (6'2, 220, Sr.) (56 catches, 777 yards, 9 TD)
J'Mon Moore (6'3, 190, RSFr.) (2 catches, 33 yards)

WR-H
Jimmie Hunt (6'0, 205, Sr.) (29 catches, 468 yards, 6 TD)
Gavin Otte (5'10, 200, Sr.) (1 catch, -3 yards)

WR-Z
Darius White (6'3, 205, Sr.) (24 catches, 303 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.) (15 catches, 143 yards, 1 TD)
Jason Reese (6'5, 240, RSFr.)
Clayton Echard (6'5, 260, Jr.)

To my eye, the only change on the entire depth chart comes at H-receiver, where, instead of Otte and Lawrence Lee listed as *or* backups, only Otte is listed. So I guess Lee is either injured or suspended, or if he's just been demoted for one reason or another.

But that's literally it. The only change to the entire depth chart is to basically a #2A receiver.

UPDATE: Now we know why Lee's not on the depth chart.

LT
Mitch Morse (6'6, 305, Sr.) (36 career starts)
Nate Crawford (6'5, 290, RSFr.)

LG
Brad McNulty (6'4, 305, Jr.) (12 career starts)
Jordan Williams (6'3, 295, So.)

C
Evan Boehm (6'3, 320, Jr.) (37 career starts)
Alec Abeln (6'3, 290, RSFr.)
Stephen Carberry (6'5, 300, Sr.)

RG
Connor McGovern (6'4, 300, Jr.) (25 career starts)
Mitch Hall (6'5, 310, Jr.) (4 career starts)

RT
Taylor Chappell (6'5, 300, Jr.) (7 career starts)
Clay Rhodes (6'5, 290, RSFr.)

Missouri's line has played two of its best games of the year in the last two weeks. This time, instead of Taylor Chappell, the biggest culprit was Brad McNulty, who managed to jump three times in Knoxville. Still, in the battle of Little Things vs. Big Things, you'll take "good line play" over "fewer procedural penalties, please."

Defense

DE
Markus Golden (6'3, 260, Sr.) (41.5 tackles, 14 TFL, 8.5 sacks, 2 PBU, 1 FF, 2 FR, 7 QB hurries)

Marcus Loud (6'4, 260, RSFr.) (8.0 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 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.) (18.0 tackles, 7 TFL, 3 sacks, 2 PBU, 2 QB hurries) -OR-
Lucas Vincent (6'2, 300, Sr.) (16.5 tackles, 6 TFL, 2.5 sacks, 1 FR)

NG
Harold Brantley (6'3, 280, So.) (30.0 tackles, 6.5 TFL, 4.5 sacks, 2 PBU, 6 QB hurries)
Josh Augusta (6'4, 335, So.) (13.5 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1 sack, 2 FF, 1 INT, 2 QB hurries)

DE
Shane Ray (6'3, 245, Jr.) (49.0 tackles, 19.5 TFL, 13.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 2 FF, 4 QB hurries)
Charles Harris (6'3, 255, RSFr.) (14.5 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 FF, 2 PBU, 3 QB hurries)

This defensive line went from really good to straight-up nasty in the last two weeks. Markus Golden being at 100% has helped that, but everybody has been around the ball and making plays. It's exciting.

But yeah, Golden.

Markus Golden tho from David Morrison on Vimeo.

WLB
Kentrell Brothers (6'1, 240, Jr.) (67.5 tackles, 5 TFL, 1 sack, 4 PBU, 2 FF, 2 QB hurries)
Darvin Ruise (6'1, 235, Sr.) (19.5 tackles, 1 INT, 1 PBU)

MLB
Michael Scherer (6'3, 230, So.) (64.5 tackles, 3 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 1 PBU, 2 FR, 2 QB hurries)
Eric Beisel (6'3, 225, RSFr.) (11.0 tackles, 0.5 TFL)

SLB
Donavin Newsom (6'2, 230, So.) (14.0 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 PBU, 3 QB hurries) -OR-
Clarence Green (6'0, 225, Jr.) (11.0 tackles, 1 QB hurry)

One assumes that, against Arkansas' power front, Newsom and Green will get a lot more snaps this coming Friday than they have the last couple of weeks.

CB
Kenya Dennis (6'0, 195, Jr.) (38.5 tackles, 4.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 1 INT, 8 PBU, 1 FF, 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.) (25.0 tackles, 2 TFL, 3 INT, 7 PBU, 1 FF)
John Gibson (6'0, 190, So.) (19.0 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 4 PBU)

Aarion Penton returned on Saturday but was perhaps Missouri's third-best cornerback after Dennis and Gibson. The depth here is exciting, as is the fact that everybody returns next year.

SS
Braylon Webb (6'0, 200, Sr.) (44.0 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 4 INT, 2 PBU, 1 FR)
Duron Singleton (6'1, 210, Sr.) (36.0 tackles, 2.5 TFL, 1 sack, 1 INT, 1 FR)
Anthony Sherrils (6'0, 190, RSFr.) (8.5 tackles)

FS
Ian Simon (6'0, 195, Jr.) (29.5 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 0.5 sacks, 1 INT, 2 PBU)
Cortland Browning (6'1, 205, Jr.) (3.0 tackles, 1 PBU)
Thomas Wilson (5'10, 190, Fr.) (12.0 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU)

I see you, Thomas Wilson, flying around the ball.

Special Teams

K
Andrew Baggett (6'1, 215, Jr.) (38-40 PAT, 8-9 FG under 40, 4-9 FG over 40)
Nick Coffman (5'11, 175, So.)

Still Baggett. (Yes, still Baggett.)

P
Christian Brinser (6'2, 195, Sr.) (61 punts, 41.0 average, 23 fair caught, 20 inside 20)
Andrew Baggett (6'1, 215, Jr.)

Still Brinser.

KR
Marcus Murphy (5'9, 190, Sr.) (12 KR, 32.7 average, 2 TD)
John Gibson (6'0, 190, So.) (1 KR, 22 yards)

PR
Marcus Murphy (5'9, 190, Sr.) (23 PR, 12.0 average, 1 TD)
Aarion Penton (5'10, 185, So.)

Still Murphy.