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Week 11 Depth Chart: Byers to Start at DE, Knox Over Brown at WR1

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Missouri’s depth chart this week doesn’t look much different than the last — why shake up something that worked so well?

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Missouri released its official depth chart Tuesday morning following its upset win over Florida with a few minor changes — one at wide receiver and the other at defensive end. This is an important week for the Tigers, as they can become bowl-eligible with a win over Vanderbilt Saturday.

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)
  • 7 Nate Brown*** 6-3 210 RSSr. Suwanee, Ga. (North Gwinnett)
  • 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)
  • 17 Richaud Floyd* 5-11 195 RSJr. Gulfport, Miss. (Gulfport)
  • 13 Kam Scott 6-2 170 Fr. Manvel, Texas (Manvel)

Slot Receiver

  • 12 Johnathon Johnson** 5-10 180 RSJr. Memphis, Tenn. (Melrose)
  • 14 Dominic Gicinto 5-9 180 Fr. Raytown, Mo. (Raytown)
  • 30 Barrett Banister 6-0 190 RSFr. Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville)

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

  • 97 Akial Byers* 6-4 280 So. Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville)
  • 93 Tre Williams* 6-5 260 RSSo. Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge)
  • 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)
  • 13 Rashad Brandon 6-3 300 Sr. Jersey City, N.J. (St. Anthony’s/ASA Academy)
  • 78 Kobie Whiteside* 6-1 310 So. Houston, Texas (Alief Taylor)

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)
  • 29 Nate Anderson* 6-4 255 Sr. Toronto, Ontario (Pratville, Ala./NM Military Institute)

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

Even though Nate Brown seems to be healthy, true freshman Jalen Knox will start over him opposite Emanuel Hall. Who saw this coming at the beginning of the season? If you did, Venmo request me $20 — you deserve it. Knox has had a breakout season this year, earning himself two SEC Freshman of the Week awards for his performances against Purdue and Memphis. The true freshman has led all Missouri receivers in yards and is second in receptions since Hall’s injury, filling in more than admirably. It’s obvious Knox’s future looks very bright.

Akial Byers gets the starting not at defensive end over Tre Williams. Byers has seen a lot of playing time in the past two games and had a very solid game in Missouri’s upset win over Florida Saturday, notching a career-high six tackles and a quarterback hurry. The Tigers’ defense has been much-improved as of late, and it looks like defensive coordinator Ryan Walters is sticking with what’s been working.