COLUMBIA — Missouri kicked off its preseason camp Thursday, and although they kicked reporters out after 30 minutes — a continuation of the restricted media policy coach Gary Pinkel instituted in the spring — there were a few things of note to be gleaned.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
•Missouri's incoming recruiting class has apparently taken another blow, as Pinkel announced that three-star junior college safety Duron Singleton will not be playing for Mizzou this fall.
"For personal reasons, he's not coming," Pinkel said.
Singleton, who was rated the No. 1 junior college safety by 247Sports.com, had 87 tackles and four interceptions last season for Fresno City Community College. He was expected to compete for immediate playing time at safety, where neither of Missouri's projected starters - senior Matt White and junior Braylon Webb - had an interception last season.
Missouri already lost its top signee in the Class of 2013, four-star Fort Zumwalt South athlete Chase Abbington, to grades. Abbington said he planned to enroll at Hutchinson Community College this fall alongside three-star Maplewood Richmond Heights defensive tackle Antar Thompson, another Missouri signee.
• Freshman defensive tackle Josh Augusta has qualified and attended Thursday’s practice.
Pinkel actually grinned when asked about Augusta, a three-star recruit from Peoria, Ill., who is one of Missouri’s highest-rated prospects in the Class of 2013.
"Yeah. he's a great kid," Pinkel said. "He worked very hard, too. I'm very proud of him."
• Freshman defensive tackle A.J. Logan and freshman cornerback Anthony Sherrils were both wearing red non-contact jerseys.
"A.J. had his meniscus taken out a couple weeks ago, and he's going pretty good," Pinkel said. "Anthony was in a car accident maybe a month ago. He's completely cleared, however, we're just being a little cautious."
• Freshman Charles Harris, who was listed as a defensive end when he signed with Missouri in February, worked with the linebackers in warm-ups. Harris, who wears No. 91, is listed at 6 feet 3, 235 pounds.
"A really good athlete - we're going to try him there," Pinkel said. "He's kind of like Lorenzo Williams. He started at linebacker, went from linebacker to defensive end, defensive end to defensive tackle and then he became all-Big 12."
• Missouri’s new depth chart features sophomore receiver Dorial Green-Beckham as the No. 1 receiver at the “X” position. On the depth chart released at SEC Media Days, he was listed behind senior Marcus Lucas at the position. Lucas is now listed as the starter at the “Y,” while junior Bud Sasser is the starter at the “H” and senior L’Damian Washington is the starter at the “Z.”
One thing of note: Sean Culkin is also listed a starter at tight end, which means the offensive depth chart lists starters at 12 different positions. You can only play 11, of course.
• Junior Nick Demien, who used to be the second-team right guard, is now the third-team left guard. He switched spots with junior Stephen Carberry.
• Freshman quarterbacks Eddie Printz and Trent Hosick are both listed as “even” on the depth chart, but Printz was fourth in line Thursday, with Hosick fifth.
• Redshirt freshman Chaston Ward was lined up as the fourth-team strong safety. He was listed on the depth chart as the third-string free safety, the spot currently occupied by freshman Shaun Rupert.
• Feel free to click the following link for Missouri's latest depth chart in its entirety, which I plan to update throughout camp. The depth chart includes true freshmen, as well.
• Also, check out the photo gallery on the upper right to see pictures of the ongoing construction at Memorial Stadium, plus photos of Harris and the new t-shirts the coaching staff is wearing.
Now for some video!
Not terribly enlightening, I know. Hope to have better video for Friday's practice, which starts bright and early at 7:15 a.m.