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No changes on the Missouri depth chart as the Tigers prepare for Georgia

Alex Ross, injured on Saturday, is still listed atop the RBs list. We’ll see if that actually means anything.

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Ish Witter carries against EMU
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The new game notes and depth charts are out (pdf)! And as far as I can tell, it is a carbon copy of last week’s depth chart. Not a change to be found. (Click to enlarge.)

Mizzou depth chart
Mizzou depth chart vs. Georgia

Offense

Quarterback
  • Drew Lock (6’4, 220, So.) -- 47-for-88 (53%), 730 yards, 6 TD, 0 INT, 1 sack (8.1 yards per attempt); 10 carries, 39 yards (3.9)
  • Marvin Zanders (6’1, 200, So.) — 4-for-5 (80%), 29 yards (5.8 yards per attempt); 9 carries, 41 yards (4.6)

We probably won’t see any movement here all year unless there’s an injury ... and especially if Drew Lock posts a couple more performances like he had on Saturday.

Drew Lock
Drew Lock
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Tailback
  • Alex Ross (6’1, 220, Sr.) — 20 carries, 72 yards (3.6); 2 targets, 1 catch, 3 yards (1.5) OR
  • Ish Witter (5’10, 200, Jr.) — 23 carries, 93 yards (4.0); 2 targets, 1 catch, 4 yards (2.0)

I was curious about the tailback position for two reasons: 1) Ross suffered an ankle injury early in the EMU game and carried only twice, and 2) Damarea Crockett and Ish Witter basically split carries when Ross went down.

For all we know, Ross will be limited or out on Saturday (teams will play games with their depth charts sometimes, obviously), but I’m think of this more as a three-player race, with Crockett (12 carries, 68 yards vs. EMU) playing an obvious role.

NCAA Football: Eastern Michigan at Missouri
Damarea Crockett
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Wide Receiver
  • J’Mon Moore (6’3, 205, Jr.) -- 28 targets, 10 catches, 124 yards (4.4 per target)
  • Keyon Dilosa (6’3, 205, So.) — 2 targets, 2 catches, 7 yards (3.5)
Wide Receiver
  • Johnathan Johnson (5’10, 185, RSFr.) — 10 targets, 6 catches, 121 yards (12.1) OR
  • Chris Black (6’0, 190, Sr.) — 7 targets, 6 catches, 102 yards (14.6), 1 TD OR
  • Ray Wingo (5’11, 185, So.) — 5 targets, 4 catches, 126 yards (25.2), 1 TD
Wide Receiver
  • Emanuel Hall (6’3, 205, So.) — 7 targets, 5 catches, 98 yards (14.0), 1 TD
  • Dimetrios Mason (6’0, 185, Fr.) — 11 targets, 6 catches, 58 yards (5.3); 1 carry, 9 yards

How interesting has the ball distribution been so far? Dimetrios Mason has the second-most targets so far. Granted, he’s still 17 behind J’Mon Moore.

Also worth noting: Moore’s 28 targets have generated 124 yards. Johnathon Johnson is now at 121 yards in 10 targets, Wingo at 126 in five. Random Slot Receiver has been the breakout star of the 2016 Mizzou receiving corps. Johnchrisray Wingblackson has caught 20 passes for 349 yards and two touchdowns in just two games. Watch out for young Wingblackson.

Ray Wingo
Ray Wingo
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Tight End
  • Sean Culkin (6’6, 250, Sr.) — 4 targets, 2 catches, 27 yards (6.8)
  • Jason Reese (6’5, 250, Jr.) — 5 targets, 2 catches, 27 yards (5.4), 1 TD OR
  • Kendall Blanton (6’6, 260, So.) — 6 targets, 4 catches, 31 yards (5.2), 1 TD

Combined success rate from the tight end position so far: 62%. The per-catch yardage is unimpressive, but between the slots and tight ends, Mizzou is developing efficiency weapons it didn’t have last year.

Eastern Michigan v Missouri
Jason Reese
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Left Tackle
  • Tyler Howell (6’8, 320, Jr.)
  • Kyle Mitchell (6’5, 330, So.)
Left Guard
  • Kevin Pendleton (6’4, 335, So.)
  • Trystan Castillo (6’4, 320, Fr.)
Center
  • Samson Bailey (6’4, 295, So.)
  • Michael Stannard (6’2, 290, Sr.) OR
  • Jonah Dubinski (6’2, 290, RSFr.)
Right Guard
  • Alec Abeln (6’3, 305, Jr.)
  • Adam Ploudre (6’4, 315, Jr.)
Right Tackle
  • Paul Adams (6’6, 315, So.)
  • Tre’Vour Simms (6’5, 350, Fr.)

No changes on the line, which makes sense.

Drew Lock and Paul Adams
Drew Lock & Paul Adams
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Defense

Defensive End
  • Jordan Harold (6’2, 265, Jr.) — 0.5 tackles OR
  • Spencer Williams (6’3, 250, So.) — 7.0 tackles
Defensive End
  • Charles Harris (6’3, 260, Jr.) -- 4.0 tackles
  • Marcell Frazier (6’5, 260, Jr.) -- 2.5 tackles, 1 PBU

As I wrote on Sunday, EMU had almost no sustained offense while the game was in the balance. By that broad measure, the Mizzou defensive line did just fine. But ... combined tackles for loss by Mizzou defensive ends so far: 0. Combined havoc plays: 1. Odd. I’m refusing to be too down about this unit until we see what Georgia does this weekend, but ... I’m definitely confused.

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Marcell Frazier
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Defensive Tackle
  • Rickey Hatley (6’4, 320, Sr.) — 4.0 tackles OR
  • Terry Beckner Jr. (6’4, 290, So.) — 4.5 tackles
Defensive Tackle
  • A.J. Logan (6’2, 325, Jr.) — 3.0 tackles
  • Josh Augusta (6’4, 355, Sr.) — 7.0 tackles, 3 TFL (1 sack)

Josh Augusta has easily been the most dynamic defensive lineman for Mizzou so far. He’s also the best fullback.

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AJ Logan
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Linebacker
  • Donavin Newsom (6’2, 240, Sr.) — 12.5 tackles
  • Terez Hall (6’2, 225, So.) — 7.0 tackles, 1 TFL
Linebacker
  • Michael Scherer (6’3, 235, Sr.) -- 14.5 tackles, 1.5 TFL, 2 PBU
  • Cale Garrett (6’3, 230, Fr.) — 0.5 tackles, 0.5 TFL, 1 PBU
Linebacker
  • Joey Burkett (6’2, 225, So.) -- 8.5 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT
  • Brandon Lee (6’2, 225, So.) — 2.5 tackles, 1 TFL

After two games, Cale Garrett currently has more tackles for loss than all Mizzou defensive ends combined. If you’d have told me that two weeks ago, I’d have been floored — “Cale Garrett has like 10 TFLs already???” Nope! One.

NCAA Football: Eastern Michigan at Missouri
Joey Burkett is congratulated after scoring a TD
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Cornerback
  • Aarion Penton (5’10, 195, Sr.) — 7.5 tackles, 2 INT, 3 PBU
  • Christian Holmes (6’1, 190, Fr.) -- 1 PBU OR
  • DeMarkus Acy (6’2, 190, Fr.) — 2 PBU
Cornerback
  • John Gibson (6’0, 195, Sr.) -- 6.5 tackles, 2 PBU
  • Logan Cheadle (5’10, 180, Jr.) -- 3 tackles, 2 PBU, 1 FF

As down as people are about the defensive front, pay heed to how impressive the Mizzou secondary was last week, especially when the game was in the balance. Mizzou cornerbacks have already defensed (INT’d or PBU’d) 12 passes, and Missouri is the only team with 20 passes defensed so far. Granted, that means opponents have been able to throw a lot of passes without fear of sack, but it’s impressive nonetheless.

Aarion Penton
Aarion Maxey-Penton
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Strong Safety
  • Anthony Sherrils (6’0, 205, Jr.) — 13.0 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT
  • Ronnell Perkins (6’0, 200, RSFr.) — 2.5 tackles, 0.5 TFL
Free Safety
  • Thomas Wilson (5’10, 195, Jr.) -- 13.0 tackles
  • Cam Hilton (6’0, 190, So.) -- 4.0 tackles

No complaints about the back line at the moment.

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Thomas Wilson
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Special Teams

Place-Kicker
  • Tucker McCann (6’0, 195, Fr.) -- 5-6 PAT, 1-2 FG under 40, 0-1 FG over 40
  • Turner Adams (6’0, 205, Jr.) -- 2-3 PAT

McCann is still listed as the first-stringer, though Turner Adams got a turn at the wheel on Saturday night (and also missed a PAT).

Punter
  • Corey Fatony (5’11, 205, So.) — 12 punts, 40.8 average, 5 inside 20

Current pace: down to 72 punts!

Kick Returns
  • Alex Ross (6’1, 220, Sr.) — 1 KR, 23 yards
  • Greg Taylor (5’10, 200, So.)
  • Damarea Crockett (5’11, 220, Fr.) — 4 KR, 19.8 average
Punt Returns
  • Johnathan Johnson (5’10, 185, RSFr.) — 3 PR, 25.3 average, 1 TD AND
  • Chris Black (6’0, 190, Sr.) — 1 PR, -1 yards

Return men have already flashed more big-play potential in 2016 than they did in 12 games last year. It’s interesting to think about what kind of difference Johnson may have made last year from a field position perspective. (Then again, maybe I should tap the brakes since he muffed the punt return he ended up taking for a TD and then lost a fumble on his next return.)

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Johnathon Johnson
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