Five scholarship players for the Missouri football team with eligibility remaining have elected not to return for the 2014 season.
Tigers athletic department spokesman Chad Moller confirmed Wednesday that offensive linemen Michael Boddie and Nick Demien, safety Daniel Easterly, cornerback Xavier Smith and running back Greg White will not return.
Demien — a 6-foot-6, 300-pound junior from Wentzville, Mo., last season — came to Missouri as the highest-ranked offensive line recruit in the Gary Pinkel era.
He was the top prospect in the state in the class of 2010, ranked as the No. 11 tackle and ranked No. 72 in the nation by Rivals.com.
Demien switched to guard but never made in-roads in the Tigers’ rotation.
Boddie (6-5, 295), who was listed as a sophomore from Gilmer, Texas, on last season’s roster also bounced around and failed to crack Missouri’s two-deep on the offensive line.
Smith (5-11, 190), who was a junior from Edmond, Okla., and Easterly (6-4, 215), a junior from Detroit, were primarily special teams players.
Finally, White (6-1, 220), who was a junior from DeQueen, Ark., had nine carries for 36 yards in a strictly reserve role last season. He will finish his career with 22 carries for 82 yards.
All five are expected to graduate before the 2014 season begins.
In fact, White graduated from MU’s School of Health Professions in December and is enrolled in graduate-level classes.
Demien and Smith are expected to graduate in May, while Boddie and Easterly are set to graduate this summer.