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Missouri released its Week Six depth chart for a matchup with SEC East foe South Carolina.

NCAA Football: Missouri at Kentucky Mark Zerof-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri released its official depth chart Tuesday morning with an electric slot receiver and return-man coming back from injury, a decision made on the backup quarterback battle between Taylor Powell and Micah Wilson, and yet another true freshman seeing an extended role on the team.

Here is the full depth chart with a quick reaction to it following:

Quarterback

  • 3 Drew Lock*** 6-4 225 Sr. Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit)
  • 5 Taylor Powell 6-2 210 RSFr. Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville)
  • 2 Micah Wilson 6-3 210 RSSo. Tulsa, Okla. (Lincoln Christian)

Running Back

  • 34 Larry Rountree III* 5-10 210 So. Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook)

-OR-

  • 16 Damarea Crockett** 5-11 225 Jr. Little Rock, Ark. (Christian)
  • 6 Tyler Badie 5-9 190 Fr. Memphis, Tenn. (Briarcrest Christian)

Wide Receiver

  • 7 Nate Brown*** 6-3 210 RSSr. Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett)
  • 9 Jalen Knox 6-0 195 Fr. Mansfield, Texas (Timberview)
  • 10 Alex Ofodile 6-2 200 RSJr. Columbia, Mo. (Oregon/Rock Bridge HS)

Wide Receiver

  • 84 Emanuel Hall*** 6-3 195 Sr. Franklin, Tenn. (Centennial)
  • 13 Kam Scott 6-2 170 Fr. Manvel, Texas (Manvel)
  • 1 Khmari Thompson 6-1 210 Fr. Lawrenceville, Ga. (Central Gwinnett)

Slot Receiver

  • 12 Johnathon Johnson** 5-10 180 RSJr. Memphis, Tenn. (Melrose)
  • 14 Dominic Gicinto 5-9 180 Fr. Raytown, Mo. (Raytown)
  • 17 Richaud Floyd* 5-11 195 RSJr. Gulfport, Miss. (Gulfport)

Left Tackle

  • 70 Yasir Durant* 6-7 330 Jr. Philadelphia, Pa. (Imhotep/Arizona Western)
  • 50 Hyrin White 6-6 305 RSFr. DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto)

Left Guard

  • 71 Kevin Pendleton*** 6-4 325 RSSr. Lee’s Summit, Mo. (Lee’s Summit West)
  • 56 Samson Bailey* 6-5 295 RSSr. Lamar, Mo. (Lamar)

Center

  • 55 Trystan Colon-Castillo* 6-4 315 RSSo. Webb City, Mo. (Webb City)
  • 67 Jonah Dubinski** 6-2 295 RSJr. Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge)

Right Guard

  • 75 Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms** 6-5 330 Jr. East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis)
  • 59 Case Cook 6-5 295 RSFr. Carrollton, Ga. (Carrollton)

Right Tackle

  • 77 Paul Adams* 6-6 315 RSSr. Nashville, Tenn. (Christ Presbyterian)
  • 79 Larry Borom 6-6 340 RSFr. Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Brother Rice)

Tight End

  • 81 Albert Okwuegbunam * 6-5 255 RSSo. Springfield, Ill. (Springfield)
  • 11 Kendall Blanton*** 6-6 265 RSSr. Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs South)

Defensive End

  • 93 Tre Williams* 6-5 260 RSSo. Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge)
  • 29 Nate Anderson* 6-4 255 Sr. Toronto, Ontario (Pratville, Ala./NM Military Institute)

Defensive Tackle

  • 5 Terry Beckner, Jr.*** 6-4 295 Sr. East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis)
  • 78 Kobie Whiteside* 6-1 310 So. Houston, Texas (Alief Taylor)
  • 13 Rashad Brandon 6-3 300 Sr. Jersey City, N.J. (St. Anthony’s/ASA Academy)

Nose Tackle

  • 99 Walter Palmore* 6-4 320 Sr. Columbus, Ga. (Hardaway/Eastern Arizona JC)

-OR-

  • 95 Jordan Elliott 6-4 315 RSSo. Missouri City, Texas (Westside/Texas)
  • 90 Markell Utsey 6-4 295 Jr. Little Rock, Ark. (Parkview)

Defensive End

  • 39 Chris Turner* 6-4 255 So. Hammond, La. (Hammond)
  • 97 Akial Byers* 6-4 280 So. Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville)

Weakside Linebacker

  • 24 Terez Hall* 6-2 230 Sr. Lithonia, Ga. (King)
  • 32 Nick Bolton 6-0 235 Fr. Frisco, Texas (Lone Star)
  • 22 Aubrey Miller, Jr. 6-2 225 So. Memphis, Tenn. (Whitehaven)

Middle Linebacker

  • 47 Cale Garrett* 6-3 230 Jr. Kearney, Mo. (Kearney)
  • 46 Jacob Trump 6-3 230 RSJr. Kahoka, Mo. (Clark County)
  • 25 Jamal Brooks 6-1 240 So. Bessemer, Ala. (Bessemer City)

SAM Linebacker

  • 4 Brandon Lee** 6-2 225 RSSr. Indianapolis, Ind. (Lawrence Central)
  • 3 Ronnell Perkins** 6-0 205 RSJr. St. Louis, Mo. (University City)
  • 6 Tavon Ross 6-0 215 RSSr. Cochran, Ga. (Bleckley County)

Cornerback

  • 14 Adam Sparks* 6-0 180 So. Baton Rouge, La. (Dutchtown)
  • 21 Christian Holmes 6-1 200 RSSo. Leland, Miss. (McNair)

Cornerback

  • 2 DeMarkuus Acy** 6-2 195 Jr. Dallas, Texas (Wilmer-Hutchins)
  • 10 Terry Petry 6-1 175 RSFr. Missouri City, Texas (Ridge Point)

-OR-

  • 8 Jarvis Ware 6-1 190 Fr. Apopka, Fla. (Wekiva)

Strong Safety

  • 7 Cam Hilton** 6-0 190 Sr. St. Louis, Mo. (Webster Groves)
  • 18 Joshuah Bledsoe* 6-0 205 So. Houston, Texas (Dekaney)

Free Safety

  • 20 Khalil Oliver 6-1 210 RSJr. Meridian, Ida. (Rocky Mountain)
  • 9 Tyree Gillespie 6-0 210 So. Ocala,Fl. (Vanguard)

Kicker

  • 19 Tucker McCann** 6-2 215 Jr. O’Fallon, Ill. (O’Fallon)

Punter

  • 26 Corey Fatony 5-11 205 Sr. Franklin, Tenn. (Franklin)

Long Snapper

  • 51 Drew Wise 6-2 235 So. Lawrence, Kan. (Free State)
  • 86 James Workman 6-0 220 Jr. Renton, Wash. (Liberty)

Punt Returner

  • 12 Johnathon Johnson** 5-10 180 RSJr. Memphis, Tenn. (Melrose)
  • 17 Richaud Floyd* 5-11 195 RSJr. Gulfport, Miss. (Gulfport)

Kick Returner

  • 6 Tyler Badie 5-9 190 Fr. Memphis, Tenn. (Briarcrest Christian)
  • 34 Larry Rountree III* 5-10 210 So. Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook)

Depth chart analysis

Richaud Floyd is back from a broken leg and ready to contribute. The preseason All-American returner suffered the injury in training camp this year and will make his season debut against South Carolina this Saturday. However, he’s listed as the second-string punt returner behind Johnathon Johnson and isn’t on the depth chart as a kickoff returner. It doesn’t seem likely he’ll make a large impact in the return game right away, and especially not at receiver, as he’s a third-string wide-out.

Taylor Powell is finally not a co-backup to Drew Lock anymore. It was bound to happen eventually, and it looks like the bye week may have been where Powell convinced Barry Odom and Co. that he should be the guy to back up Lock, not Micah Wilson. This doesn’t come as a surprise at all, as Powell has come in relief for Lock each time Odom has pulled his star quarterback.

Tyler Badie locked up his spot as the team’s primary kickoff returner. The speedy true freshman and Larry Rountree III have been flip-flopping on the depth chart through the first two games, as Odom was trying to decide who his best kick returning option was. It looks like it’ll be Badie for the remainder of the season. In Missouri’s loss to Georgia, Badie was a bright spot on a rough day for the Special Teams unit, as he returned two kicks for 63 yards — including one for 35.

True freshman corner Jarvis Ware is listed as a co-second-stringer. One of the underlying stories of this 2018 Missouri football season thus far has been the impressive play of true freshmen. It looks like Ware did enough in the bye week practices to earn himself more playing time in this week’s matchup with the Gamecocks. He may not sniff the field very much as he sits behind DeMarkus Acy, but expect Ware to come in for a few snaps Saturday. If this season’s performances by true freshmen is any indication, watch out, Terry Petry — Ware might just take your job.