Tuesday, March 11, 2014
Missouri releases spring depth chart
By Edward Aschoff
With spring practice getting underway at Missouri today, the Tigers released their first depth chart for 2014.
There's nothing earth-shattering about it, but not seeing guys such as James Franklin or L'Damian Washington on it will take some getting used to.
Before today, there was some speculation that Mitch Morse would get a chance to move from right tackle to left tackle. This first depth chart confirmed that, as the 305-pound redshirt senior is listed as the starter at left tackle. It isn't shocking at all. He's a versatile lineman who will bring experience to the most important position on the offensive line. Whether he stays there is yet to be seen, but it seems to be a smart move by coach Gary Pinkel and his staff.
With Morse at left tackle, junior Connor McGovern is listed as the starter at right tackle. McGovern was Mizzou's starting right guard in 2013 and enters 2014 with 14 career starts, the third-most on the line.
Another move for the Tigers came at linebacker, where junior Kentrell Brothers is listed as the starting middle linebacker after starting at Will linebacker last season. Brothers gets the first crack at replacing the very reliable Andrew Wilson, who has run out of eligibility. With Brothers heading up the spot inside to start the spring, sophomore Michael Scherer is moving from the middle to Sam linebacker. Last season, Scherer was listed as Wilson's backup.
Depth charts are always subject to change, and I wouldn't be surprised by some movement along the offensive line and even in the secondary as spring progresses.