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Week 8 Depth Chart: Musser in, Johnson out, Floyd back at PR

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Johnathon Johnson struggled returning punts early Saturday and was replaced by Cade Musser, and now Musser will share punt return duties with the returning Richaud Floyd.

NCAA Football: Mississippi at Missouri Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

Missouri released its seventh official depth chart on Tuesday after taking out Ole Miss for its third straight Homecoming victory. After playing five consecutive games at home, the No. 22 Tigers will head to Nashville this weekend when they take on the Vanderbilt Commodores at 3 p.m. Saturday.

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)
  • 33 Chad Bailey 6-0 240 RSFr. Missouri City, Texas. (Ridgepoint)

Middle Linebacker

  • 40 Cameron Wilkins* 6-2 245 So. Del Valle, Texas (Del Valle)

-OR-

  • 25 Jamal Brooks** 6-1 240 Jr. Bessemer, Ala. (Bessemer City)

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)
  • 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

  • 87 Cade Musser 5-9 200 RSFr. Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs)

-OR-

  • 17 Richaud Floyd 5-11 195 RSSr. Gulfport, Miss. (Gulfport)

Depth chart analysis

Musser, Floyd replace Johnson at punt returner

When Richaud Floyd went down with a hamstring injury during Missouri’s win over Troy two weeks ago, his primary backup was Johnathon Johnson.

While being a large factor in the Tigers’ offensive successes the past few years, Johnson has not been nearly as reliable returning punts. In fact, as one of the primary returners used last season in Floyd’s absence, Johnson only picked up 18 yards on 12 return attempts. The return unit was almost nonexistent in 2018, and Johnson did nothing to improve it.

The special teams coordinator had to rely on Johnson to be the primary return man when Missouri hosted Ole Miss on Saturday, but on the first play of the game, Johnson muffed the punt and the Rebels recovered in Tigers territory, leading to a touchdown.

Johnson was immediately replaced by redshirt freshman Cade Musser, who had yet to return a punt this season. With the pressure of special teams off his shoulders for a while, Johnson had his best receiving game of the season, catching eight passes for 110 yards.

Musser, meanwhile, was the return man on four Ole Miss punts, returning one for nine yards.

It wasn’t a break out, per se, but it seems like Missouri is comfortable having Musser out there while Floyd finishes his recovery. Floyd is back on the depth chart this week, but he and Musser share the “or” distinction, meaning they should be sharing punt return duties this week. While we have yet to see much of Musser, we should have more opportunities to see if he could be Floyd’s successor this Saturday.

Wilkins, Brooks co-starters at middle linebacker

There’s no one player that can replace Cale Garrett this season for Missouri.

Garrett, who Pro Football Focus had on its mid-season All-America list as a first-team linebacker, was the Tigers’ top defensive player and a senior captain who was on his way to a potential All-American honor by season’s end. With him going down (most likely for the rest of the season) two weeks ago against Troy, though, Missouri is trying to find a way to come close to matching his production.

Head coach Barry Odom said after Saturday’s win over Ole Miss that the Tigers will fill in at middle linebacker “by committee,” and they are doing just that by listing Cameron Wilkins and Jamal Brooks as co-starters at the position.

Wilkins was alone at the top of the depth chart last week, and Pro Football Focus data showed that he ended up playing 61 defensive snaps and made six tackles against the Rebels. But he didn’t man the spot all by himself, as Brooks stepped in for 19 defensive snaps and collected two tackles of his own.

Losing Garrett is going to be tough. Among his top stats are his 43 total tackles, five tackles for a loss and three defensive touchdowns. It’s unlikely Missouri will find one man that can play at that level this season.

But with Wilkins and Brooks sharing snaps at the spot, the Tigers should be able to hold steady against some of the tougher offenses coming up on the schedule.