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Charles Harris is an awesome dude, and ... Micah Wilson’s a receiver?

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First things first, before we dive into the latest batch of spring football coverage: you’re a good dude, Charles Harris.

What to do with that money? He made his mom’s dreams come true. Harris, who grew up in the area of 31st and Spruce in Kansas City, purchased a house in his grandparents’ hometown of Tifton, Ga.

His mother, Deborah Clark, has multiple sclerosis, which is described as a disabling disease of the central nervous system that disrupts the flow of information within the brain, and between the brain and body.

For years, Clark has been in a wheelchair and under the care of her parents. Her new home is large enough all three of them.

Our content management system doesn’t do emojis. That’s the only thing saving you from like 1,400 heart emojis right now.

Anyway. Spring practice! Coverage-wise, it was quarterbacks and receivers day at Dan Devine Pavilion. One name is the same in both groups.

Tuesday, offensive coordinator Derek Dooley acknowledged that the team is interested in at least seeing if [Micah] Wilson could provide depth to a thin wide receiver corps.

“There’s a real good chance he’s not going to beat Drew (Lock) out this year (for the starting quarterback spot), so if a guy’s got good speed and athleticism, why not see if he can help you?” Dooley said. “Doesn’t mean he can’t play quarterback. He’s doing a good job at quarterback.”

Call me crazy, but I’m guessing Emanuel Hall ends up with more targets than Micah Wilson this year.

With J’Mon Moore gone, Hall will now get opponents’ top defensive back. Missouri coach Barry Odom knows the rising senior from Franklin, Tennessee, needs to get more versatile to succeed against the Southeastern Conference’s best.

“He’s got so much talent in the vertical passing game,” Odom said of Hall. “The opportunity to run different things across the middle or as the defense gives you, that’s only going to help him down the road. Obviously, it puts him in a position to be a big weapon.”

A couple of newbies are taking advantage of their early-enrollee status.

“We could line those guys up, or we could line up without receivers at this point because of the lack of depth,” head coach Barry Odom said, half joking. “They’re getting their full share.”

Odom was talking about early enrollees Harry Ballard III, a junior college transfer, and Dominic Gicinto, who graduated from Raytown in the winter to join Mizzou for spring practices. [...]

Offensive coordinator Derek Dooley said that the 5-feet-9, 170-pound Gicinto has shown good speed through four practices and has done “a really good job of learning, applying it on the field.”

On the defensive side of the ball, Mizzou coaches are experimenting, too, though I’d say “Christian Holmes tinkering around at safety” isn’t quite as much of a departure as Wilson playing WR.

Christian Holmes, who would have started at cornerback last year but missed the season with a shoulder injury suffered in preseason camp, got work at corner and safety on Tuesday, plus some shifts on various sub packages. [...]

“When he got hurt he was a starter at that point in the last scrimmage of fall camp,” Odom said. “Today we played him some at safety, some at corner, some at nickel, some at dime. He does have some experience being in the room with his knowledge base to do that. And he’s talented enough to do it. I’m anxious when we get into continuing to install o that side of the ball as he picks up more from each of those spots and make sure we’re not overloading him. He’s a talented kid.”


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