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On Mondays, we talk depth charts.

NCAA Football: Florida at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri has released its depth chart and game notes for Saturday’s home game against the Tennessee #Voluntears.

Offense

Quarterback

  • Drew Lock (6’4, 225, Jr.) Last Week: 15/20 -- 288 yards, 3 TDs, 1 INT, 7 runs - 35 yards
  • Micah Wilson (6’3, 215, RSFr.) Last Week: 0/1, 4 runs - 17 yards
  • Jack Lowary (6’4, 225, So.)

As of November 4, Drew Lock has completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,795 yards, 31 touchdowns (+1 rushing) versus nine interceptions. He’s the nation’s leader in touchdowns thrown and just outside the top 10 for passing yards. He’s third behind Chase Daniel’s 33 TDs (2007) for a single season (with three games left to play), and if he continues on his rate of three touchdowns per game, he would surpass Daniel’s 39 (2008). Lock is already second in career passing touchdowns (58) — moving ahead of Brad Smith’s 56.

I guess what I’m trying to say is he’s certainly flying up the record books. And he’s probably got another season to cement his legacy at Mizzou.

Running back

  • Ish Witter (5’10, 200, Sr.) Last Week: 17 — 83 yards
  • Larry Rountree (5’11, 215, Fr.) Last Week: 15 — 83 yards, 3 TDs
  • Not listed: Dawson Downing (6’0, 225, R-Fr.) Last Week: 3 — 9 yards

Running backs coach Cornell Ford has to be pretty happy with the production from his group after the senior and freshman combined for 166 yards on 32 carries. Rountree got his career high for touchdowns the old-fashioned way, slicing through a listless Florida defense.

Rountree joins the rushing hat-trick club along side Damarea Crockett (vs Middle Tennessee State in 2016), Russell Hansbrough (vs South Carolina in 2014), and Henry Josey (THREE TIMES: Oklahoma State in 2014, Western Illinois in 2010, McNeese in 2010).

Meanwhile, Witter scored his first career receiving touchdown on an RPO that left Gator defenders befuddled.

How do you like that Ish?

Receiving corps

X-WR:

  • J’Mon Moore (6’3, 205, Sr.) Last Week: 5 catches/6 targets -- 64 yards, 1 TD
  • Dominic Collins (6’2, 185, Sr.) Last Week:

J’Mon Moore’s fourth quarter touchdown grab was notable because it involved him beating the Florida defender on the inside slant rout — something he’s struggled with in the past — and because it Moore moved up to seventh place on Mizzou’s career list for receiving yards with 2,135, eclipsing Will Franklin (2,125) and T.J. Moe (2,101). Moore now sits nine yards behind Victor Bailey for sixth and 40 yards behind fifth place Martin Rucker. Lofty company.

Moore needs 260 yards to become only the second Missouri receiver since Jeremy Maclin to have back-to-back thousand yard seasons — but he’ll need to do slightly better than his season average 82 yards per game if he wants to get there before a bowl game.

Y-WR:

  • Emanuel Hall (6’3, 200, Jr.) Last Week: 5/5 — 113
  • Nate Brown (6’3, 210, R-Jr.) Last Week: 0—0

Future No. 1 receiver Emanuel Hall didn’t score, but he stretched the apathetic Florida defense vertically to the tune of 113 yards on a perfect five catches on five targets. Already a junior, Hall needs 396 yards in his next three games to break 1,000 for the season

Slot:

  • Johnathon Johnson (5’10, 185, So.) Last Week: 2 /3 -- 28 yards
  • Richaud Floyd (5’11, 190, So.) Last Week: 1 /2 — 3 yards

A quiet game from Missouri’s slot receiving tandem of Johnson and Floyd, but that likely has as much to do with the Tigers’ focus on the run game as it did with Florida’s secondary. Johnson is due for another big game.

Tight End:

  • Albert Okwuegbunam (6’5, 260, RSFr.) Last Week: 0/2 — 0
  • Jason Reese (6’5, 250, Sr.) Last Week: 0—0
  • Kendall Blanton (6’6, 260, Jr.) Last Week: 1/1 -- 5 yards, 1 TD

It was Missouri’s other fantastically tall and athletic TE Kendal Blanton who grabbed Mizzou’s redzone touchdown that opened scoring on Saturday. Mizzou may be headed back toward #TightEndU sooner than you think.

Offensive line

Left Tackle:

  • Yasir Durant (6’7, 340, So.)
  • OR Tyler Howell (6’8, 330, Sr.)

Left Guard:

  • Kevin Pendleton (6’4, 330, Jr.)
  • Adam Ploudre (6’4, 315, Sr.)

Center:

  • Trystan Castillo (6’4, 315, RSFr.)
  • Jonah Dubinski (6’2, 295, So.)

Right Guard:

  • Tre’Vour Simms (6’5, 340, So.)
  • AJ Harris (6’4, 310, So.)

Right Tackle:

  • Paul Adams (6’6, 315, Jr.)
  • Samson Bailey (6’4, 295, Jr.)

I feel obligated to point out that Missouri’s starting left tackle has been Yasir Durant for a few weeks now — I’ve seen some commentary that the Tigers will need to replace Tyler Howell at the end of the season, but he’s been a rotation player for a while now as Glen Elarbee looks to establish some youth and consistency for the future of the offensive line.

Kudos also to this group for keeping Drew Lock clean and upright. Among Power 5 teams, Mizzou’s offensive line has allowed third-fewest sacks per game (0.89).


Defense

Defensive line

Rush End:

  • Marcell Frazier (6’5, 265, Sr.) Last Week: 3 tackles, 1 QB hurry
  • Chris Turner (6’4, 250, Fr.) Last Week: 0—0
  • Unlisted: Akial Byers (6’4, 295, Fr.) Las Week: 0—0

Frazier isn’t wowing anyone with sack numbers so far in 2017 (just 3.5 through 9 games) but he finished 2016 strong with a run of 4.5 in the final three, so perhaps we’ll see that finishing effort as he wraps up his senior season.

Defensive End:

  • Jordan Harold (6’2, 255, Sr.) Last Week: 0—0
  • Nate Anderson (6’0, 265, Jr.) Last Week: 0—0
  • OR Tre Williams (6’5, 250 R-Fr.) Last Week: 0—0

Nose Tackle:

  • AJ Logan (6’2, 330, SR.) Last Week: 2 tackles, 1 TFL
  • Markell Utsey (6’4, 305, So.) Last Week: 0--0
  • Walter Palmore (6’4, 320, Jr.) Last Week: 0—0

Defensive Tackle:

  • Terry Beckner Jr. (6’4, 305, Jr.) Last Week: 5 tackles, 1 sack, 2 TFLs, 1 QBH
  • Rashad Brandon (6’3, 300, Jr.) Last Week: 3 tackles
  • Kobie Whiteside (6’1, 300, Fr.) Last Week: 0—0

Does Terry Beckner start getting NFL draft hype if he finishes the season healthy? He should. I re-watched the game on Sunday, and he’s routinely discarding linemen both in 1-on-1 and double team situations. He’s playing angry, like he’s making up for lost time.

Mizzou had a bit of a scare when Rashad Brandon went down early vs. Florida — he’s been among the most disruptive interior tackles behind Beckner. Luckily he came back and finished the game. Missouri will need him and a few others next year if Beckner declares early.

Linebackers

Weakside Linebacker:

  • Terez Hall (6’2, 230, Jr.) Last Week: 11 tackles, 1.5 TFLs, 1 Pass Break Up
  • Joey Burkett (6’2, 230, Sr.) Last Week: 0—0

Hall had his third game this year with double-digit tackles and his seventh with at least a half tackle for a loss. The dude is getting after it and leading by example for a young but gradually improving defense.

Middle Linebacker:

  • Cale Garrett (6’3, 235, So.) Last Week: 8 tackles
  • Eric Beisel (6’3, 245, Sr.) Last Week: 0—0
  • Unlisted: Jamal Brooks (6’1, 227, Fr.) Last Week: 0—0

Sam/Nickel defender:

  • Brandon Lee (6’2, 225, Jr.) Last Week: 2 tackles
  • TJ Warren (5’11, 215, So.) Last Week: 2 tackles
  • Joshua Bledsoe (6’0, 200, Fr.) Last Week: 0—0

Secondary

Cornerback:

  • DeMarkus Acy (6’2, 185, So.) Last Week: 3 tackles, 0.5 TFLs, 1 PBU
  • Jerod Alton (5’10, 185, RSFr.) Last Week: 1 tackle

Missouri’s defense was doing such a stellar job at stuffing the run but it kept biting on play-action passes and routes over the middle, which resulted in Florida out-passing Missouri 256 yards to 228.

Cornerback:

  • Adam Sparks (6’0, 175, Fr.) Last Week: 1 tackle, 1 TFL
  • Logan Cheadle (5’10, 185, Sr.) Last Week: 2 tackles

Safety:

  • Anthony Sherrils (6’0, 190, Sr.) Last Week: 6 tackles, 1 INT, 1 fumble recovery
  • Ronnell Perkins (6’0, 200, So.) Last Week: 1 tackle
  • Unlisted: Tavon Ross (6’0, 210, R-Jr.) Last Week: 2 tackles, 1 TFL

Senior safety Anthony Sherrils had a statement game vs. Florida, and to me nothing spoke louder than this crushing goal-line hit that stopped the Gators from scoring late in the third quarter. Sherrils — or Sherrifs, as ESPN2’s D-team announcers called him — seems to be setting the tone for the Tigers defense just when they need it most.

Safety:

  • Kaleb Prewett (6’1, 210, Jr.) Last Week: 3 tackles
  • Thomas Wilson (5’10, 195, Sr.) Last Week: 1 tackle
  • Cam Hilton (6’0, 190, Jr.) Last Week: 1 tackle
  • Unlisted: Jordan Ulmer (6’2, 195) Last Week: 0—0

Special Teams

Kicker:

  • Tucker McCann (6’0, 205, So.) Last Week: 6/6 on XPs, 42 yard field goal — made
  • Unlisted: Nick Bartolotta (5’6, 185, RJr.)

Kick Returner:

  • Larry Rountree (5’11, 215, Fr.) Last Week: 3 — 98 yards, 32.7 average (!)

Punter:

  • Corey Fatony (5’11, 205, Jr.) Last Week: 3 punts for 127 yards, 42.3 average

Punt Returner:

  • Richaud Floyd (5’11, 190, So.) Last Week: 2 — 19 yards