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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

Running Back

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

Slot Receiver

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

Right Guard

Right Tackle

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

-OR-

Tight End

Defense

Defensive End

-OR-

Defensive Tackle

Defensive Tackle

Defensive End

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

Cornerback

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

Strong Safety

Boundary Safety

-OR-

Special teams

Kicker

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.