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Week 7 Depth Chart: Garrett out, Wilkins in for foreseeable future

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Since Cale Garrett has been ruled out indefinitely with a pectoral injury, Cameron Wilkins takes his spot at the top of the depth chart at middle linebacker.

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Missouri released its sixth official depth chart on Tuesday after dominating Troy last Saturday. The Tigers will try to take down another Southeastern Conference opponent in Ole Miss for their Homecoming game at 6 p.m. Saturday, but they’ll have to do so without their defensive captain.

Here’s the full depth chart with some quick reactions following it:

Offense

Quarterback

  • 7 Kelly Bryant 6-3 225 Gr. Calhoun Falls, S.C. (Wren)
  • 5 Taylor Powell* 6-2 210 So. Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville)

Running Back

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

Wide Receiver

  • 9 Jalen Knox* 6-0 195 So. Mansfield, Texas (Timberview)

-OR-

  • 13 Kam Scott* 6-2 170 So. Manvel, Texas (Manvel)

Wide Receiver

  • 4 Jonathan Nance 6-0 190 Gr. Perkinston, Miss. (Gulfport)
  • 14 Dominic Gicinto* 5-9 180 So. Raytown, Mo. (Raytown)

Slot Receiver

  • 12 Johnathon Johnson*** 5-10 180 RSSr. Memphis, Tenn. (Melrose)
  • 30 Barrett Banister* 6-0 190 RSSo. Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville)

Left Tackle

  • 70 Yasir Durant** 6-7 330 Sr. Philadelphia, Pa. (Imhotep/Arizona Western)
  • 64 Bobby Lawrence 6-8 300 RSFr. St. Joseph, Mo. (Central)

Left Guard

  • 59 Case Cook 6-5 295 RSSo. Carrollton, Ga. (Carrollton)
  • 73 Mike Ruth 6-7 320 RSFr. Coppell, Texas (Coppell)

Center

  • 55 Trystan Colon-Castillo* 6-4 315 RSJr. Webb City, Mo. (Webb City)
  • 77 Thalen Robinson 6-7 315 Fr. Arlington, Texas (Bowie)

Right Guard

  • 75 Tre’Vour Wallace-Simms*** 6-5 330 Sr. East St. Louis, Ill. (East St. Louis)
  • 72 Xavier Delgado 6-5 330 RSFr. Glendale, Ariz. (Deer Valley)

Right Tackle

  • 79 Larry Borom* 6-6 340 RSSo. Bloomfield Hills, Mich. (Brother Rice)

-OR-

  • 50 Hyrin White* 6-6 305 RSSo. DeSoto, Texas (DeSoto)

Tight End

  • 81 Albert Okwuegbunam ** 6-5 255 RSJr. Springfield, Ill. (Springfield)
  • 82 Daniel Parker Jr.* 6-4 260 So. Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs)

Defense

Defensive End

  • 39 Chris Turner** 6-4 255 Jr. Hammond, La. (Hammond)
  • 99 Isaiah McGuire 6-5 260 Fr. Tulsa, Okla. (Union)

-OR-

  • 45 Franklin Agbasimere 6-2 245 Gr. Lagos, Nigeria (Montverde Academy)

Defensive Tackle

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

Defensive Tackle

  • 78 Kobie Whiteside** 6-1 310 Jr. Houston, Texas (Alief Taylor)
  • 97 Akial Byers** 6-4 280 Jr. Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville)

Defensive End

  • 28 Jatorian Hansford* 6-4 245 So. Forsyth, Ga. (Mary Parsons)
  • 93 Tre Williams** 6-5 260 RSJr. Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge)

Weakside Linebacker

  • 32 Nick Bolton* 6-0 235 So. Frisco, Texas (Lone Star)
  • 25 Jamal Brooks** 6-1 240 Jr. Bessemer, Ala. (Bessemer City)

Middle Linebacker

  • 40 Cameron Wilkins* 6-2 245 So. Del Valle, Texas (Del Valle)
  • 33 Chad Bailey 6-0 240 RSFr. Missouri City, Texas. (Ridgepoint)

Cornerback

  • 8 Jarvis Ware* 6-1 190 So. Apopka, Fla. (Wekiva)
  • 21 Christian Holmes** 6-1 200 RSJr. Leland, Miss. (McNair)

Cornerback

  • 2 DeMarkus Acy*** 6-2 195 Sr. Dallas, Texas (Wilmer-Hutchins)
  • 14 Adam Sparks** 6-0 180 Jr. Baton Rouge, La. (Dutchtown)

Free Safety

  • 18 Joshuah Bledsoe** 6-0 205 Jr. Houston, Texas (Dekaney)
  • 31 Martez Manuel 6-1 185 Fr. Columbia, Mo. (Rock Bridge)

Strong Safety

  • 9 Tyree Gillespie** 6-0 210 Jr. Ocala, Fl. (Vanguard)
  • 4 Jalani Williams 6-2 175 Fr St. Louis, Mo. (Parkway North)

Boundary Safety

  • 20 Khalil Oliver* 6-1 210 Gr. Meridian, Idaho. (Rocky Mountain)

-OR-

  • 3 Ronnell Perkins*** 6-0 205 RSSr. St. Louis, Mo. (University City)

Special teams

Kicker

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

Punter

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

Kick Returner

  • 1 Tyler Badie* 5-9 190 So. Memphis, Tenn. (Briarcrest Christian)
  • 34 Larry Rountree III** 5-10 210 Jr. Raleigh, N.C. (Millbrook)
  • 13 Kam Scott* 6-2 170 So. Manvel, Texas (Manvel)
  • 9 Jalen Knox* 6-0 195 So. Mansfield, Texas (Timberview)

Punt Returner

  • 12 Johnathon Johnson*** 5-10 180 RSSr. Memphis, Tenn. (Melrose)

Depth chart analysis

Wilkins replaces Garrett at starting linebacker

The story that’s dominated Missouri football coverage over the past few days has been linebacker Cale Garrett’s pectoral injury.

The senior was not made available to the media Tuesday, the same day he is scheduled to have surgery, but the players’ moods were somber when discussing Garrett. Most talked about how much he meant to the Tigers’ defense, while others discussed the sadness around the locker room knowing that Garrett wouldn’t be able to finish what was already an outstanding senior season.

Their moods, though, shifted when discussing his replacement at middle linebacker, sophomore Cameron Wilkins.

Wilkins has seen action in four games this season (he missed Week 1 against Wyoming), where he’s registered 13 tackles, two tackles for a loss and a fumble recovery as the primary backup to Nick Bolton. His coaches rave about his work ethic throughout the week, which must be why he was promoted to the top of the depth chart rather than Garrett’s most recent primary backup, Jamal Brooks. Brooks is now listed behind Bolton at weakside linebacker, while Chad Bailey is Wilkins’ backup.

This may not end up being the starting linebacker duo by the time the season comes to an end. There is no sure way to replace Garrett’s production, so defensive coordinator Ryan Walters and linebackers coach Vernon Hargreaves should still be experimenting with the lineups over the next few weeks.

Ulmer, Jeffcoat off depth chart

As has been previously reported around Missouri football circles, defensive end Trajan Jeffcoat and safety Jordan Ulmer are no longer with the program.

MU released a statement just before kickoff last Saturday saying Jeffcoat is not currently enrolled in the school and would not be with the program for the remainder of the season. Citing student privacy rights, neither the school nor head coach Barry Odom would comment further on the situation.

Odom did, though, confirm that Ulmer had entered his name into the transfer portal and would be leaving the program as well. Ulmer didn’t have consistent playing time after making his first career start in the 2017 opener against Missouri State, and he had recorded just two tackles in four games this season.

Whereas Jeffcoat’s departure has no real effect on the defensive end position, the Tigers had to move some parts around to make up for Ulmer.

True freshman Jalani Williams, who had been on the preseason backup at strong safety before not being listed on the Week 1 depth chart, finally made his way back on the depth chart behind Tyree Gillespie. Williams’ replacement, fellow true freshman Martez Manuel, now moves over to the free safety spot behind Joshuah Bledsoe.

Gicinto moves out wide

For the first time this season, freshman Maurice Massey is not listed behind Jonathan Nance at wideout.

Massey was one of the latest arrivals over summer, but impressed his coaches enough to earn a spot on the depth chart. However, he hasn’t registered a catch yet this season and hasn’t seen the field since Week 3 against SEMO, according to the MU athletics website, so signs point to him potentially getting a redshirt for 2019.

In his place, though, steps up Dominic Gicinto.

Gicinto has also not recorded a catch yet, as he’s played sparingly at slot receiver while sharing backup duties with Barrett Banister. He proved to be a reliable receiver last season, though, making 15 catches for 171 yards and two touchdowns. With him taking sole backup duties behind Nance, Gicinto should have a larger number of opportunities to produce for this offense.