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Week Nine Depth Chart: Massive Changes Made to Missouri’s Secondary

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The Tigers’ secondary has been abysmal this year (121st in FBS), and it looks like Barry Odom is shaking it up this week with a new starting corner and safety.

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Missouri released its official depth chart Tuesday morning with a huge shake-up in the secondary, as cornerback Adam Sparks and starting free safety Khalil Oliver lost their starting jobs. There will also be a different wide receiver lining up opposite Jalen Knox to start Saturday’s game against No. 12 Kentucky.

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

  • 9 Jalen Knox 6-0 195 Fr. Mansfield, Texas (Timberview)
  • 10 Alex Ofodile 6-2 200 RSJr. Columbia, Mo. (Oregon/Rock Bridge HS)

-OR-

  • 7 Nate Brown*** 6-3 210 RSSr. Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett)

Wide Receiver

  • 17 Richaud Floyd* 5-11 195 RSJr. Gulfport, Miss. (Gulfport)
  • 13 Kam Scott 6-2 170 Fr. Manvel, Texas (Manvel)
  • 30 Barrett Banister 6-0 190 RSFr. Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville)

Slot Receiver

  • 12 Johnathon Johnson** 5-10 180 RSJr. Memphis, Tenn. (Melrose)
  • 14 Dominic Gicinto 5-9 180 Fr. Raytown, Mo. (Raytown)

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)
  • 15 Trajan Jeffcoat 6-3 245 Fr. Columbia, S.C. (Irmo HS)

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

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

Cornerback

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

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

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

Christian Holmes took Adam Sparks’ job as starting corner. It’s been a miserable year for the Missouri secondary, and one of the main reasons for that has been Sparks’ play. After a first half in which the Tigers limited Jake Fromm and the Georgia passing game, the Bulldogs singled out Sparks and went after him time and time again. It worked flawlessly as Georgia torched Missouri’s secondary in the second half.

Plenty of other teams have adopted the same strategy to take advantage of the Tigers’ secondary, and it looked like it was enough for Barry Odom to make a change — especially after Holmes’ 42-yard pick-six last week against Memphis.

The redshirt sophomore has been a lone bright spot in the secondary and performs well whenever he’s gotten an opportunity, snagging two of Missouri’s four interceptions on the year. This could be the turnaround the Tigers’ secondary so desperately needs heading into a tough two-game stretch against No. 12 Kentucky and No. 9 Florida.

Khalil Oliver lost his job as starting free safety to Tyree Gillespie. Sometimes when something isn’t working, you have to shake things up in a big way. That’s exactly what Odom did this week, replacing two players who started Missouri’s first seven games in Sparks and Oliver. Oliver, a transfer from Oregon, has had an up-and-down season thus far. But missed assignments and tackles have allowed too many big plays from the opposition, and sophomore Tyree Gillespie will take over as Missouri’s starting safety for a crucial home game against No. 12 Kentucky.

Another possible reason for this change is that in far less playing time, Gillespie has the same amount of passes defended (1) as Oliver this season. Just a single pass defended and no interceptions by your starting free safety isn’t going to cut it, so a change of pace was definitely needed. We’ll see how Odom’s new-look secondary fares come Saturday.

Richaud Floyd will line up opposite Jalen Knox as one of Missouri’s starting wide-outs. The redshirt junior suffered a broken leg this offseason, forcing him to miss some time at the beginning of the season. The preseason All-American return man is a great complement to the now-two-time SEC Freshman of the Week in Knox, as Floyd has the speed and explosiveness to take the top off any defense. It should be fun to see how he performs in a starting role.