MU tackle Chris Freeman leaves Tigers’ football team

06/13/2013 11:55 AM

06/13/2013 11:57 AM

Missouri junior offensive tackle Chris Freeman has left the Tigers’ football team for personal reasons, MU associate athletic director Chad Moller said Thursday.

Freeman, who is listed at 6 feet 8 and 335 pounds, briefly left the team during preseason camp last August, but returned after a few days. He has played little since arriving at Missouri in 2010, appearing in only two games last season despite injuries to other offensive linemen.

He was listed as the No. 2 right tackle in the pre-spring depth chart, and he often worked with the second and third teams at both tackle positions during spring practice. But Justin Britt and Mitch Morse are entrenched as the starters and both junior Anthony Gatti and sophomore Taylor Chappell — who was ahead of Freeman at right tackle before he suffered a season-ending knee injury last August — have returned.

Freeman, a Trotwood, Ohio, native, was a three-star prospect out of Madison High School in 2009. He chose Missouri over Florida, Michigan, Nebraska, Oregon, Tennessee and UCLA. After sitting out a year because of a NCAA Clearinghouse issue, he played in three games as a redshirt freshman in 2011.

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