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Week 14 Depth Chart: Final depth chart dotted with co-starters

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With DeMarkus Acy, Albert O and Johnathon Johnson still not completely healthy, Missouri is rolling with the co-starter approach.

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Missouri released its 12th (and, pending the appeal of NCAA sanctions, final) depth chart Monday following its sixth loss of the season Saturday to Tennessee. The Tigers’ upcoming matchup will be their final game of the regular season when they head to Little Rock, Arkansas, to take on the Razorbacks at 1:30 p.m. Friday.

A win would give Missouri bowl eligibility for a third straight year, but a loss could put Barry Odom firmly on the hot seat.

Here’s the full depth chart with some analysis 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)
  • 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

  • 30 Barrett Banister* 6-0 190 RSSo. Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville)

-OR-

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

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

Tight End

  • 82 Daniel Parker Jr.* 6-4 260 So. Blue Springs, Mo. (Blue Springs)

-OR-

  • 81 Albert Okwuegbunam ** 6-5 255 RSJr. Springfield, Ill. (Springfield)

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

Middle Linebacker

  • 58 Devin Nicholson 6-3 215 Fr. Detroit, Mich. (Cass Tech)
  • 33 Chad Bailey 6-0 240 RSFr. Missouri City, Texas (Ridge Point)

Cornerback

  • 8 Jarvis Ware* 6-1 190 So. Apopka, Fla. (Wekiva)
  • 14 Adam Sparks** 6-0 180 Jr. Baton Rouge, La. (Dutchtown)

Cornerback

  • 21 Christian Holmes** 6-1 200 RSJr. Leland, Miss. (McNair)

-OR-

  • 2 DeMarkus Acy*** 6-2 195 Sr. Dallas, Texas (Wilmer-Hutchins)

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)

Punt Returner

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

Depth chart analysis

Tigers not committing to injured starters

The past few weeks, Missouri has listed players atop the depth chart who were either in red jerseys during the week or who coaches knew had a chance to miss that week’s game.

Both cornerback DeMarkus Acy and tight end Albert Okwuegbunam were in red jerseys last Tuesday, though the depth chart released by the team had both at No. 1 in their respective positions. Slot receiver Johnathon Johnson has been listed at No. 1 on the past three depth charts, but he’s now missed the games against Georgia, Florida and Tennessee.

For the last week of the season, the Tigers’ staff decided to give each position the “or” distinction, which means those three players will be co-starters with Christian Holmes, Daniel Parker Jr. and Barrett Banister, respectively.

That could mean those three have shown so much improvement over the last week that the coaches feel they’ve earned the right to start, though it’s unlikely. What it does mean is Acy, Okwuegbunam and Johnson are still not completely ready to return, and with the chance they could miss the regular season-finale in Little Rock, Arkansas, on Saturday.

Without those three, Missouri missed three of its most important players on either side of the ball against the Volunteers. Without Acy, the secondary was carved up all night to the tune of 415 passing yards. Parker did well in Okwuegbunam’s place, hauling in four catches for 25 yards, but he doesn’t have the play-making ability that Okwuegbunam has that could’ve changed the game.

The only place dropoff really didn’t occur was in the slot, where Bannister proved he’s ready to take over the spot full-time by making five catches for 46 yards.

The Arkansas game Friday should be a win. Looking at the schedule in the preseason, if there was one sure win, it was going to come against the Razorbacks. But now that we’ve seen where the Tigers struggle without their usual starters, it’s up to new co-starters to step up and ensure the season ends on a good note.