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Week 11 Depth Chart: Bryant listed at starter, says hamstring is at 75%

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Barry Odom said Kelly Bryant was day-to-day last week, and Bryant admits he isn’t fully healthy just yet.

Missouri v Kentucky Photo by Joe Robbins/Getty Images

Missouri released its ninth official depth chart on Tuesday following its final bye week of the season. The Tigers will hit the road for their toughest challenge of the season to this point, visiting Georgia as they hope to knock off the No. 6 Bulldogs and avoid a three-game losing streak.

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

Middle Linebacker

  • 58 Devin Nicholson 6-3 215 Fr. Detroit, Mich. (Cass Tech)

-OR-

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

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

Bryant’s starter-status still not certain

Barry Odom said on last week’s SEC conference call that quarterback Kelly Bryant was day-to-day with a hamstring right strain, an injury he suffered on Missouri’s second drive against Kentucky.

Bryant was able to play through the injury into the third quarter, but it hampered him enough that he played arguably his worst game in a Tiger uniform. He then was limited in practice last week and told reporters Tuesday that he would consider his hamstring to be at 75%. So though Bryant is listed as the starter on the updated depth chart, it still isn’t confirmed that he will be on the field come Saturday against Georgia.

Before the Kentucky game, none of Bryant backups had much in-game experience with the first team, but Taylor Powell managed to play 1.5 quarters to get some much needed experience with the 1s. Powell entered at the 6:27 mark in the third quarter, completing 4 of 10 passes for 34 yards and picking up 13 yards on his sole rush.

Powell still did have his mistakes against the Wildcats and failed to put any more points on the scoreboard, but for a quarterback who might have to step in and face a top 10 team on the road, any experience is good experience.

Nicholson, Wilkins co-starters at middle linebacker

Devin Nicholson and Cameron Wilkins, two young players stepping up in the absence of Cale Garrett, are listed at middle linebacker with the “or” distinction and should share a bulk of the time at the spot against Georgia.

Nicholson made his first career start against Kentucky, totaling six tackles (three solos) on the Wildcats. Wilkins started the previous two games versus Ole Miss and Vanderbilt, and against the Commodores, he recorded a career-high eight tackles, a sack, and his first career interception that set up Larry Rountree III’s game-tying 6-yard touchdown.

Though neither player will replace Garrett’s leadership or production, the middle-linebacker-by-committee approach Missouri has been effective. The defensive production has not dropped much in Garrett’s absence, and a more help from the offense against Vanderbilt and Kentucky would’ve allowed the defense more of a breather.

Nicholson and Wilkins still have a ways to go in their development, but seeing the coaches put their faith in both of them brings hope that the defense can stay steady through the tough stretch ahead.