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Week 9 Depth Chart: Missouri running it back against Kentucky

No real changes for Missouri’s depth chart this week, which means the Tigers will be hoping for bounce back performances throughout the roster against the Wildcats.

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Missouri released its eighth official depth chart on Tuesday after an upset loss to Vanderbilt last Saturday. The Tigers will hit the road for the second week in a row when they visit Kentucky, and they’ll not only be looking to earn their first road win of the season, but also end a four-year skid against the Wildcats.

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)

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

Punt Returner

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

-OR-

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

Depth chart analysis

Missouri looking for bounce-back performances

Nothing much has changed this week on the Tigers’ depth chart ahead of their road matchup with the Wildcats.

Outside of a few “or” distinctions put into the depth chart, there has been no movement at any of the team’s positions. What that means is that head coach Barry Odom and Co. are comfortable with letting his team run it back against Kentucky.

Missouri is coming off its worst game of the season through seven games. The offense mustered up just 14 points and less than 300 yards against Vanderbilt’s porous defense, while the special teams picked up just 29 return yards and Tucker McCann missed two field goals. The defense played well enough to keep the Tigers in the game but couldn’t come up with key stops, and Jordan Elliott’s two offsides penalties late in the fourth quarter essentially iced the game.

With so many parts of Missouri’s system not working their best Saturday, it was believed that at least some minor changes would be coming. The Tigers need a spark after again falling to a team it was a heavy favorite against. However, Odom and his staff decided to keep the depth chart relatively the same for Week 9.

Now it’s up to the players to prove their coaches are making the right decision.

Floyd moving back up punt return depth chart

Richaud Floyd injured his hamstring three weeks ago during Missouri’s matchup with Troy, and he’s slowly been working his way back to full health.

He missed the Homecoming game against Ole Miss, when the return unit proved how important he is. Johnathon Johnson muffed the first punt return he had, which the Rebels recovered before eventually taking the lead on short-yardage touchdown. Cade Musser was on the field for the ensuing four Ole Miss punts, but only returned one for nine yards.

Floyd was back on the depth chart for last Saturday against Vanderbilt, but Musser once again handled return duties. He had three returns, but could only pick up seven yards.

On Tuesday, Floyd was finally back atop the depth chart (though as a co-starter with Musser). This should mean that Floyd will be picking up at least most of the return duties once again.

Floyd has been one of the most productive return men around the country, taking back 11 punts for 182 yards and a touchdown. His total return yards rank seventh in the country, and his 45.5 return yards per game lead the pack. His dynamic skills at the position have been missed on special teams over the past few weeks, but Missouri is now hoping Floyd is healthy enough to be back returning punts at the level he was just three weeks ago.