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We have our first Missouri football depth chart of the fall. How accurate will that end up being?

NCAA Football: SEC Media Days
Smile, J’Mon. I think your spot on the depth chart is safe.
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SEC Media Days mark a lot of “firsts” for the college football season.

First time Nick Saban snaps at someone. First time all 14 coaches talk about how every position is up for grabs in one room over three days. First time the media releases its preseason all-conference teams and predicted order of finish, then gets roundly ridiculed for it.

Here’s a more important first than all those, though: First time we get a peep at the depth chart Missouri is working off of heading into this 2017 season.

The Tribune’s Blake Toppmeyer stripped it out of the media guide and put it into nice, readable form for us here.

You can also check out Rock M Nation’s dedicated Depth Chart page.

2017 Missouri Football Summer 2-Deep Depth Chart

The media days depth chart, for all the information it provides and discussion it engenders, also tends to have some shortcomings, though. Mainly, it can’t see the future. All the new arrivals who get here over the summer don’t have a spot on the chart yet, and it can’t predict performance fluctuations, injuries, suspensions, dismissals and all the other things that wreak havoc on a depth chart throughout the five months of a college football season.

With that in mind — and with snap count data in tow — we thought it’d be fun to look back at preseason depth charts from the last four years and see how closely they matched up with the end result.

Then, we’ll talk a little about what we think this recent history means for the 2017 summer depth chart.

The numbers next to the dashes are the total amount of snaps that player played in the season. We didn’t include special teams. Sorry, Andrew Baggett fans.

2013

OFFENSE

LT -- Justin Britt, Sr. (6-6/320)
Anthony Gatti, Jr. (6-6/315)

Actual
Justin Britt -- 1011
Jordan Williams -- 24

LG -- Max Copeland, Sr. (6-3/295)
Mitch Hall, Soph. (6-5/320)

Actual
Max Copeland -- 877
Anthony Gatti -- 138

C -- Evan Boehm, Soph. (6-3/315)
Brad McNulty, Soph. (6-4/305)

Actual
Evan Boehm -- 1011
Brad McNulty -- 49

RG -- Connor McGovern, Soph. (6-4/315)
Nick Demien, Jr. (6-6/300)

Actual
Connor McGovern -- 1015
Mitch Hall -- 30

RT -- Mitch Morse, Jr. (6-5/305)
Taylor Chappell, Soph. (6-5/320)

Actual
Mitch Morse -- 1016
Taylor Chappell -- 24

TE -- Sean Culkin, Fr. (6-6/240)
Eric Waters, Sr. (6-4/245)

Actual
Eric Waters -- 307
Sean Culkin -- 86

QB -- James Franklin, Sr. (6-2/230)
Maty Mauk, Fr. (6-1/200)
Corbin Berkstresser, Soph. (6-3/225)

Actual
James Franklin -- 705
Maty Mauk -- 332

TB -- Henry Josey, Jr. (5-10/190)
Russell Hansbrough, Soph. (5-9/185)
Marcus Murphy, Jr. (5-9/185)

Actual
Henry Josey -- 475
Russell Hansbrough -- 270
Marcus Murphy -- 239

X-WR -- Marcus Lucas, Sr. (6-5/220)
Dorial Green-Beckham, Soph. (6-6/220)

Actual
Dorial Green-Beckham -- 825
Jaleel Clark -- 195

H-WR -- Bud Sasser, Jr. (6-2/210)
Jimmie Hunt, Jr. (6-1/215)

Actual
Marcus Lucas -- 775
Bud Sasser -- 471
Jimmie Hunt -- 382

Z-WR -- L’Damian Washington, Sr. (6-4/200)
Jaleel Clark, Sr. (6-4/220)

Actual
L’Damian Washington -- 770
Darius White -- 231

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DEFENSE

DE -- Michael Sam, Sr. (6-3/255)
Brayden Burnett, Sr. (6-2/245)

Actual
Michael Sam -- 653
Markus Golden -- 374

DT -- Matt Hoch, Jr. (6-5/295)
Marvin Foster, Sr. (6-1/290)

Actual
Matt Hoch -- 572
Josh Augusta -- 149
Marvin Foster -- 142

NG -- Lucas Vincent, Jr. (6-2/295)
Harold Brantley, Fr. (6-3/300)

Actual
Harold Brantley -- 521
Lucas Vincent -- 469

DE -- Kony Ealy, Jr. (6-5/275)
Shane Ray, Soph. (6-3/245)

Acutal
Kony Ealy -- 715
Shane Ray -- 486

WLB -- Darvin Ruise, Jr. (6-1/245)
Kentrell Brothers, Soph. (6-1/235)

Actual
Kentrell Brothers -- 695
Darvin Ruise -- 346

MLB -- Andrew Wilson, Sr. (6-3/235)
Michael Scherer, Fr. (6-3/235)

Actual
Andrew Wilson -- 851
Michael Scherer -- 60

SLB -- Donovan Bonner, Sr. (6-1/240)
Clarence Green, Soph. (6-0/225)

Actual
Ian Simon -- 777
Donovan Bonner -- 495
Duron Singleton -- 139

CB -- E.J. Gaines, Sr. (5-10/195)
David Johnson, Soph. (5-11/190)

Actual
E.J. Gaines -- 829
Aarion Penton -- 342

CB -- Randy Ponder, Sr. (5-10/190)
John Gibson, Fr. (5-11/185)

Actual
Randy Ponder -- 789
John Gibson -- 175

SS -- Matt White, Sr. (6-0/195)
Ian Simon, Soph. (5-11/195)

Actual
Matt White -- 1030
Cortland Browning -- 24

FS -- Braylon Webb, Jr. (6-0/205)
Cortland Browning, Soph. (6-1/210)

Actual
Braylon Webb -- 1060

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Analysis: Isn’t it nice when a plan comes together?

The record-setting 2013 offense was basically a carbon copy of the depth chart that accompanied the media guide in the middle of July, with really the only change coming as Waters took the lion’s share of the reps from Culkin at tight end. Green-Beckham wasn’t listed as a starter but, really, nobody thought that meant anything other than Missouri didn’t want to list 12 starting positions on its depth chart.

There was a little more movement on defense, the biggest change being that Simon ended up playing far more as a nickelback in that third linebacker slot than Bonner. Fresh faces Augusta and Penton also stepped into roles not presaged by the depth chart, Brothers took over for Ruise at Will, and Brantley ended up getting more reps opposite Hoch than Vincent on the interior of the line.

Also, the senior Burnett couldn’t hold off a second-year junior-college transfter named Markus Golden. Whatever became of him?


2014

Left Tackle -- 65 Mitch Morse 6-6 305 Sr.
62 Taylor Chappell 6-5 300 Jr.
66 Adam Ploudre 6-4 295 RSFr.

Actual
Mitch Morse -- 942

Left Guard -- 70 Anthony Gatti 6-6 315 Sr.
76 Jordan Williams 6-3 295 So.
59 Kyle Starke 6-5 310 Jr.

Actual
Brad McNulty -- 580
Anthony Gatti -- 201

Center -- 77 Evan Boehm 6-3 315 Jr.
63 Brad McNulty 6-4 300 Jr.
57 Alec Abeln 6-3 290 RSFr.
69 Mitch H. Hall 6-2 290 Jr.

Actual
Evan Boehm -- 942

Right Guard -- 73 Mitch L. Hall 6-5 320 Jr.
51 Stephen Carberry 6-5 300 Sr.
55 Nate Crawford 6-5 285 RSFr.

Actual
Connor McGovern -- 930

Right Tackle -- 60 Connor McGovern 6-4 310 Jr.
72 Clay Rhodes 6-5 290 RSFr.
68 Mike Fairchild 6-5 280 Fr.

Actual
Taylor Chappell -- 636
Mitch Hall -- 495

Tight End -- 80 Sean Culkin 6-6 245 So.
82 Clayton Echard 6-5 260 Jr.
10 Jason Reese 6-5 240 RSFr.
87 Austin Ray 6-3 240 RSFr.

Actual
Sean Culkin -- 857
Jason Reese -- 79
Clayton Echard -- 51

Quarterback -- 7 Maty Mauk 6-0 200 So.
13 Corbin Berkstresser 6-3 225 Jr.
9 Eddie Printz 6-2 215 RSFr.
1 Marvin Zanders 6-2 180 Fr.

Acutal
Maty Mauk -- 942

Tailback -- 32 Russell Hansbrough 5-9 190 Jr.
6 Marcus Murphy 5-9 195 Sr.
36 Morgan Steward 6-0 210 So.
35 Tyler Hunt 5-11 215 Jr.
39 Miles Drummond 5-11 215 So.

Actual
Marcus Murphy -- 484
Russell Hansbrough -- 437
Ish Witter -- 51

X-WR -- 21 Bud Sasser 6-2 210 Sr.
18 Wesley Leftwich 6-1 200 Jr.
41 Eric Laurent 6-3 215 So.

Actual
Bud Sasser -- 880
J’Mon Moore -- 109

H-WR -- 88 Jimmie Hunt 6-0 215 Sr.
84 Gavin Otte 5-10 200 Sr.
16 Levi Copelin 6-2 190 So.

Actual
Jimmie Hunt -- 696
Gavin Otte -- 102

H-WR --
88 Jimmie Hunt 6-0 215 Sr.
84 Gavin Otte 5-10 200 Sr.
16 Levi Copelin 6-2 190 So.

Actual
Jimmie Hunt -- 696
Gavin Otte -- 102

Z-WR -- 8 Darius White 6-3 205 Sr.
4 J’Mon Moore 6-3 190 RSFr.

Actual
Darius White -- 620
Wesley Leftwich -- 194
Nate Brown -- 105

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Defense

Defensive End -- 33 Markus Golden 6-3 260 Sr.
35 Marcus Loud 6-4 270 RSFr.
52 Eddie Serrano 6-3 225 RSFr.

Actual
Markus Golden -- 714
Marcus Loud -- 185

Defensive Tackle -- 89 Matt Hoch 6-5 295 Sr.
50 Evan Winston 6-3 295 So.
75 A.J. Logan 6-2 310 RSFr.
79 Adam Franklin 6-0 265 Jr.
99 David Butler 6-4 280 Sr.

Actual
Lucas Vincent -- 553
Matt Hoch -- 414

Nose Guard -- 96 Lucas Vincent 6-2 305 Sr.
97 Josh Augusta 6-4 300 So.
95 Rickey Hatley 6-4 270 So.
90 Harold Brantley 6-3 290 So.

Actual
Harold Brantley -- 651
Josh Augusta -- 314

Defensive End -- 56 Shane Ray 6-3 245 Jr.
91 Charles Harris 6-3 235 RSFr.
92 Justin Grava 6-3 260 So.

Actual
Shane Ray -- 703
Charles Harris -- 347

Weakside Linebacker -- 10 Kentrell Brothers 6-1 240 Jr.
34 Joey Burkett 6-2 205 RSFr.
12 Darvin Ruise 6-1 240 Sr.

Actual
Kentrell Brothers -- 775
Darvin Ruise -- 210

Middle Linebacker -- 30 Michael Scherer 6-3 235 So.
38 Eric Beisel 6-3 235 RSFr.
49 Denzel Martin 5-11 230 Sr.
32 Tanner Hull 6-0 215 RSFr.

Actual
Michael Scherer -- 898
Eric Beisel -- 102

Strongside Linebacker -- 25 Donavin Newsom 6-2 230 So.
40 Clarence Green 6-0 225 Jr.
4 Brandon Lee 6-2 215 Fr.

Actual
Duron Singleton -- 594
Donavin Newsom -- 204
Clarence Green -- 137
Thomas Wilson -- 99

Cornerback -- 1 John Gibson 6-0 185 So.
7 Kenya Dennis 6-0 198 Jr.
28 Logan Cheadle 5-10 170 Fr.

Actual
Kenya Dennis -- 754
David Johnson -- 91

Cornerback -- 11 Aarion Penton 5-10 185 So.
3 David Johnson 5-11 190 Jr.
29 DeAndre McKenzie 6-1 185 Jr.

Actual
Aarion Penton -- 692
John Gibson -- 448

Strong Safety -- 9 Braylon Webb 6-0 205 Sr.
2 Duron Singleton 6-1 210 Sr.
22 Anthony Sherrils 6-0 190 RSFr.
13 Chaston Ward 6-1 205 So.

Actual
Braylon Webb -- 942

Free Safety -- 21 Ian Simon 6-0 195 Jr.
5 Cortland Browning 6-1 205 Jr.
19 Shaun Rupert 6-1 185 RSFr.

Actual
Ian Simon -- 930
Cortland Browning -- 126

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Analysis: This year, we start to see some offensive line uncertainty.

Mitch Morse, Boehm and McGovern are rocks, but McNulty ends up being the main guy at left guard after Gatti’s season-ending injury, McGovern moves from right tackle in to right guard, and Chappell and Hall (moving out from right guard) trade off at a sometimes problematic right tackle.

Morgan Steward’s stellar spring gives way to a season-ending injury that cracks the door open for the newcomer Witter, and Copelin’s season-long suspension and subsequent dismissal carves out a niche for newcomer Brown.

On defense, Brantley goes from doghouse to penthouse on the defensive line, Vincent plays more than a hobbled Hoch, and Ruise gets conditioned just well enough to work into the rotation behind Brothers.

Again, the Sam linebacker really isn’t a thing, as Singleton at nickel earns far more reps than Newsom and Green, and Dennis makes a big move in camp to relegate Gibson to backup duties. At safety, Browning serves as sort of an all-purpose backup for both slots with Singleton in the box.


2015

OFFENSE

Left tackle -- 60 Connor McGovern
70 Malik Cuellar
64 Paul Adams

Actual
Connor McGovern -- 766

Left guard -- 62 Taylor Chappell
63 Brad McNulty
78 Andy Bauer

Actual
Nate Crawford -- 491
Alec Abeln -- 235
Brad McNulty -- 173

Center -- 77 Evan Boehm
57 Alec Abeln
56 Sam Bailey

Actual
Evan Boehm -- 735

Right guard -- 73 Mitch Hall
71 Kevin Pendleton
66 Adam Ploudre

Actual
Mitch Hall -- 725

Right tackle -- 55 Nate Crawford
72 Clay Rhodes
68 Mike Fairchild

Actual
Taylor Chappell -- 630

Tight end -- 80 Sean Culkin
10 Jason Reese
82 Clayton Echard

Actual
Sean Culkin -- 349
Jason Reese -- 280
Clayton Echard -- 170

Quarterback -- 7 Maty Mauk
9 Eddie Printz
1 Marvin Zanders
13 Corbin Berkstresser

Actual

Drew Lock -- 537
Maty Mauk -- 232

Tailback -- 32 Russell Hansbrough
29 Ish Witter
36 Morgan Steward
35 Tyler Hunt

Actual
Ish Witter -- 308
Russell Hansbrough -- 291
Tyler Hunt -- 125

X-receiver -- 6 J’Mon Moore
17 DeSean Blair
14 Raymond Wingo

Actual
J’Mon Moore -- 572
Emanuel Hall -- 154

H-receiver -- 2 Nate Brown
41 Eric Laurent
16 Thomas Richard

Actual
Nate Brown -- 573
Cam Hilton -- 112

Z-receiver -- 18 Wesley Leftwich
15 Keyon Dilosa
26 Jake Brents

Actual
Wesley Leftwich -- 557
Keyon Dilosa -- 166

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DEFENSE

Defensive end -- 56 Walter Brady
92 Justin Grava

Actual
Walter Brady -- 490
Marcell Frazier -- 343

Defensive tackle -- 90 Harold Brantley
96 A.J. Logan
79 Terry Beckner, Jr.
88 Tyler Hanneke

Actual
Rickey Hatley -- 448
A.J. Logan -- 219
Josh Moore -- 110

Nose guard -- 95 Rickey Hatley
97 Josh Augusta

Actual
Josh Augusta -- 503
Terry Beckner -- 311

Defensive end -- 91 Charles Harris
13 Spencer Williams
98 Rocel McWilliams

Actual
Charles Harris -- 692
Nate Howard -- 104

Weakside linebacker -- 10 Kentrell Brothers
34 Joey Burkett
48 Roderick Winters

Actual
Kentrell Brothers -- 802

Middle linebacker -- 30 Michael Scherer
4 Brandon Lee
38 Eric Beisel

Actual
Michael Scherer -- 814

Strongside linebacker -- 25 Donavin Newsom
40 Clarence Green
15 Grant Jones

Actual
Donavin Newsom -- 521
Clarence Green -- 204
Thomas Wilson -- 72

Cornerback -- 7 Kenya Dennis
1 John Gibson
3 David Johnson

Actual
Kenya Dennis -- 627
John Gibson -- 224

Cornerback -- 11 Aarion Penton
28 Logan Cheadle
31 Finish Stribling IV

Actual
Aarion Penton -- 755
Logan Cheadle -- 158

Strong safety -- 22 Anthony Sherrils
5 Cortland Browning

Actual
Anthony Sherrils -- 735
Cortland Browning -- 160

Free safety -- 21 Ian Simon
8 Thomas Wilson
6 Tavon Ross

Actual
Ian Simon -- 758

———-—

Analysis: Here’s where things get even further afield with the offensive line.

McGovern (though common sense may have indicated otherwise...but I digress...), Boehm and Hall keep their spots pretty much all year, but Crawford (while battling injuries) and Chappell pull the ol’ switcheroo during the season, with cameo appearances from Abeln and McNulty at left guard.

Floppy-haired golden retriever Lock stepped in for (at first finitely...then infinitely) suspended Mauk at quarterback, and at halfback, Witter ended up seeing more action than a hobbled Hansbrough and Tyler Hunt steps into the rotation after the team shut down Morgan Steward.

Apart from Keyon Dilosa, the backup receivers on the summer depth were pretty much just for show, as newcomer Hall and converted safety Hilton ended up being the depth guys.

It was all pretty miserable.

Defense worked, though, and the summer depth pretty closely resembled what it ended up being. Brantley started the year atop the chart for a change...even though it didn’t reflect the horrific car accident he suffered less than a month prior, which cost him the 2015 season.

All the other tackles kind of moved up in his absence, with Beckner leapfrogging Logan and newcomer Josh Moore carving out some reps for himself. Marcell Frazier, the junior-college transfer, unseated walk-on Grava behind surprise starter Walter Brady, and newcomer Howard moved into the second slot behind Harris.

The Sam linebacker had a renaissance and the secondary held its summer form, with Browning again serving as all-purpose safety backup.


2016

(Note: This one’s a little different, as Barry Odom and staff didn’t release a depth chart with the media guide. So the one below reflects the game notes from the West Virginia week.)

OFFENSE

LT -- 76 Tyler Howell
72 Kyle Mitchell

Actual

Tyler Howell -- 832
Tre’Vour Simms -- 113

LG -- 71 Kevin Pendleton
54 Trystan Castillo

Actual
Kevin Pendleton -- 904

C -- 56 Samson Bailey
78 Michael Stannard -- OR --
67 Jonah Dubinski

Actual
Samson Bailey -- 613
Jonah Dubinski -- 210

RG -- 57 Alec Abeln
66 Adam Ploudre

Actual
Adam Ploudre -- 609
Alec Abeln -- 426

RT -- 77 Paul Adams
75 Tre’Vour Simms

Actual
Paul Adams -- 882

TE -- 80 Sean Culkin
10 Jason Reese -OR-
11 Kendall Blanton

Actual
Sean Culkin -- 462
Kendall Blanton -- 340
Jason Reese -- 165

QB -- 3 Drew Lock
2 Marvin Zanders

Actual
Drew Lock -- 869
Marvin Zanders -- 84

TB -- 5 Alex Ross -OR-
21 Ish Witter

Actual
Ish Witter -- 448
Damarea Crockett -- 339
Alex Ross -- 71
Natereace Strong -- 60

WR -- 6 J’Mon Moore
18 Dominic Collins

Actual
J’Mon Moore -- 790

WR -- 12 Johnathon Johnson -OR-
1 Chris Black -OR-
14 Ray Wingo

Actual
Johnathon Johnson -- 390
Chris Black -- 232
Richaud Floyd -- 168

WR -- 84 Emanuel Hall -OR-
9 Dimetrios Mason

Actual
Dimetrios Mason -- 513
Emanuel Hall -- 385

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DEFENSE

DE -- 87 Jordan Harold
13 Spencer Williams

Actual
Marcell Frazier -- 456
Spencer Williams -- 401

DT -- 95 Rickey Hatley
79 Terry Beckner

Actual
Rickey Hatley -- 585
Terry Beckner -- 258
Markell Utsey -- 86

DT -- 96 A.J. Logan
97 Josh Augusta

Actual
A.J. Logan -- 498
Josh Augusta -- 375

DE -- 91 Charles Harris
16 Marcell Frazier

Actual
Charles Harris -- 726
Jordan Harold -- 286

LB -- 25 Donavin Newsom
24 Terez Hall

Actual
Donavin Newsom -- 623
Terez Hall -- 166

LB -- 30 Michael Scherer
47 Cale Garrett

Actual
Michael Scherer -- 405
Cale Garrett -- 354
Eric Beisel -- 312

LB -- 34 Joey Burkett
4 Brandon Lee

Actual
Joey Burkett -- 468
Brandon Lee -- 260
T.J. Warren -- 242

CB -- 5 John Gibson
28 Logan Cheadle

Actual
John Gibson -- 696
Logan Cheadle -- 211

CB -- 11 Aarion Penton
21 Christian Holmes -OR-
17 DeMarkus Acy

Actual
Aarion Penton -- 826
DeMarkus Acy -- 137

SS -- 22 Anthony Sherrils
3 Ronnell Perkins

Actual
Anthony Sherrils -- 493
Cam Hilton -- 488

FS -- 8 Thomas Wilson
7 Cam Hilton

Actual
Thomas Wilson -- 532
Ronnell Perkins -- 418

——--—--

Analysis: Ah, renewed stability on the offensive line.

How refreshing. Tyler Howell, Kevin Pendleton and Paul Adams played pretty much all year (and very well, to boot), and the walk-ons won the day as Ploudre took over right guard and Dubinski served a capable backup at center and right guard. Tre’Vour Simms provided basically all the backing up that was needed at the tackle spots.

Kendall Blanton, Witter, Johnson and Mason all ended up getting the upper hands of their “-OR-” designations, and HELLO DAMAREA CROCKETT. Sorry for shouting.

Richaud Floyd also slid into the rotation at slot, replacing Wingo.

On defense, Harold couldn’t hold off Frazier forever, and Williams also ended up playing more than the walk-on. The interior of the defensive line held form, while the linebackers got a little weird after Scherer’s season-ending injury and Newsom’s lingering aches and pains. Cale Garrett and Eric Beisel (reappearing on the two-deep) both played a lot in Scherer’s stead in the middle, while Garrett also moved outside to tango with Burkett, Lee and (for a game or three) Warren.

DeMarkus Acy got the best of his “-OR-” at corner, and the four safeties were pretty much interchangeable, all getting within 114 snaps of each other.


What Does This Mean for 2017?

  • Watch the Offensive Line: Because injuries do tend to run rampant on it. It’d be difficult to see Howell, Pendleton or Adams replaced for performance, but Dubinski and Ploudre could get some steady challenges from Abeln, Simms and Bailey, though he seems to have disappeared from the depth at the moment.
  • Tight Ends, Wideouts and H-Backs, Oh My!: Is Reese really going to be the starter at tight end, after Blanton played almost twice as much as him last year. A lot of it might come down to the versatility of the two in Josh Heupel’s offense. Culkin had a 48-29-23 H-back/tight end/wideout snap split last year. Blanton’s was 29-50-21 and Reese’s was 43-18-39.
  • The Halfback “OR” is Ceremonial: Crockett is the dude. Witter will get his chances because he’s still an effective runner in doses and can hold his own receiving and pass blocking. But I’d be surprised if that “OR” doesn’t end up meaning about a 65-35 split for Crockett.
  • Tre Ascendant?: The way last year’s defensive end depth played out bodes well for Rock Bridge grad Tre Williams. Last year saw Harold starting opposite a proven quantity — Harris -- with Frazier backing up said quantity before starting opposite him. This year, Frazier is the proven quantity across from Harold, and Williams is his backup. History repeated?
  • Green Interior: Beckner, finally, is listed as a starter entering a season. But can he (and Utsey, for that matter) stay healthy enough to see it through? Snaps also appear to be ripe for the picking at the other spot, after Logan played solidly but not spectacularly last season and Brandon used a strong spring to step into the rotation. Stay frosty, Akial Byers, Walter Palmore, Kobie Whiteside, Malik Young and Caleb Sampson.
  • Nickel for Your Thoughts: Going along with the spirit of 2013-14, Kaleb Prewett is listed as a starting outside linebacker and will probably play some sort of nickel linebacker hybrid role like Simon and Singleton before him. How often he’s on the field as opposed to Lee and the rest of the backups could determine how many four- and five-receiver sets Missouri sees throughout the course of the year.
  • Secondary Grab Bag: Seriously. Those eight guys could end up all over the depth chart by the time the season is done. Sherrils has already ooped Hilton, and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see those four safeties fall into and out of favor on a week-to-week basis. Holmes, Anthony Hines, Acy and Cheadle are similarly tight as the season starts, and their combined lack of bankable production on a season-long basis could give way for a newcomer or two to pop into the rotation.