One of the biggest questions of Mizzou Football’s offseason is, undoubtedly, how to replace Cody Schrader. Aside from being one of the best stories in Mizzou Football history, Schrader rumbled his way to one of the best seasons in program history, culminating in a Burlsworth Award and the eighth place finish in the Heisman voting.
Filling Schrader’s cleats will be a tall task. But Eli Drinkwitz and his staff feel like they’ve found the guy to do it. Coincidentally, it’s someone who joined Schrader on the Doak Walker Award semi-finalist list.
Georgia State transfer running back Marcus Carroll tells @On3sports he's committed to Mizzou.— Pete Nakos (@PeteNakos_) December 11, 2023
A first-team All-Sun Belt selection, he ranked No. 6 in NCAA this year with 1,350 rushing yards on 274. Viewed as one of the top backs in the portal.https://t.co/MsbpGLv8Bv pic.twitter.com/6idJhpXSNA
As you can tell by those numbers, Carroll had a memorable season in his own right. The graduate transfer more than doubled his career high in total yards while finding the end zone more times than he had in his first three years combined. By 247 Sports’ Transfer Portal rankings, Carroll was a four-star transfer, the No. 56 overall player and the fourth-best running back available. On3 lists him as the third-best running back in the portal.
Get to know: Marcus Carroll, Jr.
Hometown: Union City, Ga.
Previous School: Georgia State
Ht/Wt: 5’10”, 210 lbs
Rivals Ranking: 3-star, 5.6
247 Transfer Ranking: 4-star, 90
We’ll have more on how and where Carroll fits later this week. But a few quick notes from his highlight reel.
A few adjectives come to mind when watching Carroll’s tape: strong, smooth and shifty. Carroll is about the same size as Schrader and looks to have Schrader’s durability and strength as a runner, bouncing tacklers with regularity. He also appears to be quite a slippery runner, hitting holes in the offensive line that didn’t appear to be there at first glance. Not many of these highlights display the top-line speed that you might expect out of an RB1. But we know from Schrader’s time at Mizzou that the staff can develop that in the weight room.
Clark Brooks also notes that Carroll was one of the most explosive runners in college football last season.
Tied for the most explosive carries in college football last year (46). Cody Schrader nabbed a share of the most in the SEC (36). RB3 in the @On3sports Portal Rankings right now https://t.co/s0Y9CO4qDC— Clark Brooks (@SEC_StatCat) December 11, 2023
With so much of Mizzou’s run game being predicated on the outside zone, Drinkwitz and Kirby Moore were likely looking for a very specific fit. Carroll has a lot of good production to back up his film and automatically becomes the top contender to take over for Schrader.