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On Tuesdays, we talk depth charts.

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Missouri has released its depth chart and game notes for Saturday’s game against the Auburn Tigers.

Offense

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Quarterback

  • Drew Lock (6’4, 225, Jr.) Last Week: 12/28 — 133 yards, 0 TDs, 2 INTs
  • Jack Lowary (6’4, 225, So.)
  • OR Micah Wilson (6’3, 215, RSFr.) Last Week: 4 snaps, 0 stats

Drew threw the same interception against Purdue as he did against South Carolina — stared down J’Mon Moore on the sideline out.

Micah Wilson got four snaps in relief of Drew Lock but didn’t actually get to do anything with them. What’s the worst that could have happened, really, by letting him throw?

Running back

  • Damarea Crockett (5’11, 225, So.) Last Week: 10 rushes — 19 yards
  • Ish Witter (5’10, 200, Sr.) Last Week: 7 — 25
  • Larry Rountree (5’11, 215, Fr.) Last Week: 6 — 22

In addressing the media, Josh Heupel noted of Auburn’s defense, “Their size and the athleticism up front in the front seven makes it difficult to run the football. You look at it, giving up 1.9 or 2 point something yards per carry right now.”

Even if Damarea Crockett is healthy — the reports last week were obviously generous regarding his recovery — the Tigers’ most effective offensive player will struggle because of how predictable the play-calling has been so far.

Receiving corps

X-WR:

  • J’Mon Moore (6’3, 205, Sr.) Last Week: 41 snaps, 3 catches/5 targets — 61 yards
  • Dominic Collins (6’2, 185, Sr.) Last Week: 11 snaps

How do you let this happen?

Y-WR:

  • Dimetrios Mason (6’0, 185, So.) Last Week: 47 snaps, 6/12 — 40
  • Emanuel Hall (6’3, 200, Jr.) Last Week: 5 snaps, 0 — 0 (injured shoulder)

Reportedly, Emanuel Hall is back practicing with the team.

Slot:

  • Johnathon Johnson (5’10, 185, So.) Last Week: 30 snaps, 3 /4 — 32
  • Richaud Floyd (5’11, 190, So.) Last Week: 22 snaps, 0/1 — 0

Tight End:

  • Jason Reese (6’5, 250, Sr.) Last Week: 16 snaps
  • Kendall Blanton (6’6, 260, Jr.) Last Week: 10 snaps
  • OR Albert Okwuegbunam (6’5, 260, RSFr.) Last Week: 5 snaps

The tight ends were essentially a non-factor once again.

Offensive line

Left Tackle:

  • Tyler Howell (6’8, 330, Sr.) Last Week: 19
  • Yasir Durant (6’7, 340, So.) Last Week: 33

The good news is Durant wasn’t seriously hurt last week. Now to figure out what it means that he’s out-repping listed first-stringer Tyler Howell?

Left Guard:

  • Kevin Pendleton (6’4, 330, Jr.) Last Week: 18
  • Adam Ploudre (6’4, 315, Sr.) Last Week: 34

After the loss to South Carolina, I opined that Pendleton appeared to have suffered an injury about midway through the game. Against Purdue, Ploudre was the clear first-stringer despite Pendleton being perhaps the most experienced and best interior lineman on the team. Hmmmm.

Center:

  • Trystan Castillo (6’4, 315, RSFr.) Last Week: 52
  • Jonah Dubinski (6’2, 295, So.) Last Week: 0

Right Guard:

  • Tre’Vour Simms (6’5, 340, So.) Last Week: 52
  • AJ Harris (6’4, 310, So.) Last Week: 0

Iron-men Castillo and Simms both played all of the available snaps for their positions.

Right Tackle:

  • Paul Adams (6’6, 315, Jr.) Last Week: 52
  • Samson Bailey (6’4, 295, Jr.) Last Week: 0

At least the right side of Missouri’s offensive line appears solidified — I’m curious to see about the rushing stats on that side.


Defense

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Defensive line

Rush End:

  • Marcell Frazier (6’5, 265, Sr.) Last Week: 65 snaps: 4 tackles, 2 TFLs, 1 sack
  • Chris Turner (6’4, 250, Fr.) Last Week: 16 snaps: 2 tackles, 0.5 TFLs

Defensive End:

  • Jordan Harold (6’2, 255, Sr.) Last Week: 64 snaps: 5 tackles
  • Nate Anderson (6’0, 265, Jr.) Last Week: 17 snaps: 1 tackle

It’s my opinion that the defensive line is the only “good” position group on the Tigers’ defense, and I may be stretching the definition somewhat. Missouri won’t play younger guys like Tre Williams because they’re undisciplined — but the production Brick Haley is getting so far is fairly unspectacular.

Nose Tackle:

  • Markell Utsey (6’4, 305, So.) Last Week: 34 snaps: 1 tackle
  • Walter Palmore (6’4, 320, Jr.) Last Week: 0 snaps (injured before game)
  • Kobie Whiteside (6’1, 300, Fr.) Last Week: 25 snaps: 1 TFL

Defensive Tackle:

  • Terry Beckner Jr. (6’4, 305, Jr.) Last Week: 61 snaps: 3 tackles, 1 sack
  • Rashad Brandon (6’3, 300, Jr.) Last Week: 33 snaps: 2 tackles
  • Akial Byers (6’3, 260, Fr.) Last Week: 10 snaps: 1 tackle

Losing Walter Palmore (sprained knee) hurts if only for rotation reasons. He’s a big body who efforts hard and can clog running lanes. The depth at this position is perilously thin.

Linebackers

Weakside Linebacker:

  • Terez Hall (6’2, 230, Jr.) Last Week: 47 snaps: 4 tackles
  • Joey Burkett (6’2, 230, Sr.) Last Week: 35 snaps: 6 tackles

Despite a more even distribution in snaps between Hall and Burkett — with Burkett logging a few more tackles but falling for maybe the most embarrassing pump-fake by Purdue’s QB — Mizzou has removed the “ORs” here on the depth chart. Hall is listed as the lone first-stringer, as are Cale Garrett and Kaleb Prewett.

Middle Linebacker:

  • Cale Garrett (6’3, 235, So.) Last Week: 56 snaps: 12 tackles, 1 sack
  • Eric Beisel (6’3, 245, Sr.) Last Week: 29 snaps: 4 tackles

Beisel is last in opportunities among the linebackers despite being a captain.

Sam/Nickel defender:

  • Kaleb Prewett (6’1, 210, Jr.) Last Week: 47 snaps: 7 tackles, 1 TFL
  • Brandon Lee (6’2, 225, Jr.) Last Week: 33 snaps: 3 tackles

To my eyes Kaleb Prewett is not strong against the run and doesn’t bring a whole lot of dynamic skills to the field. Maybe that says more about those behind him than him.

Secondary

Cornerback:

  • DeMarkus Acy (6’2, 185, So.) Last Week: 63 snaps: 4 tackles, 0.5 TFLs
  • Finis Stribling (5’11, 195, Jr.) Last Week: 0 snaps

Cornerback:

  • Logan Cheadle (5’10, 185, Sr.) Last Week: 82 snaps, 3 tackles
  • Adam Sparks (6’0, 175, Fr.) Last Week: 21 snaps, 1 tackle
  • OR Anthony Hines (6’1, 200, Sr.) Last Week: 0 snaps

Secondary coach and defensive co-coordinator Ryan Walters clearly only trusts DeMarkus Acy and Logan Cheadle to play corner — but this Adam Sparks, whose brother is a backup QB for Purdue, got a couple reps very late in the game.

Safety:

  • Anthony Sherrils (6’0, 190, Sr.) Last Week: 47 snaps: 8 tackles, 1 TFL
  • Ronnell Perkins (6’0, 200, So.) Last Week: 21 snaps: 3 tackles
  • Tavon Ross (6’0, 210, R-Jr.) Last Week: 2 snaps, 1 tackle

Anthony Sherrils once again leads the pack.

Safety:

  • Thomas Wilson (5’10, 195, Sr.) Last Week: 54 snaps, 7 tackles, 1 INT, 1 FF
  • Cam Hilton (6’0, 185, Jr.) Last Week: 7 snaps, 2 tackles

Wilson has been the obvious starter for a couple of weeks and is finally listed as such.


Special Teams

Kicker:

  • Tucker McCann (6’0, 205, So.)

Last Week: 0/0 XP, 1/1 FG — 29 yds

Punter:

  • Corey Fatony (5’11, 205, Jr.)

Last Week: 9 punts for 434 yds, 48.2 average, long of 65 yards,

Kick Returner:

  • Dimetrios Mason (6’0, 185, So.) Last Week: 1 return for 23 yards
  • Jamal Brooks (6’1, 227, Fr.) Last Week: 1 return for 16 yards

Punt Returner:

  • Richaud Floyd (5’11, 190, So.) Last Week: 1 for -12 yards

A move away from having Johnathon Johnson returning punts. Mizzou still needs to find someone it can trust, however.