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Missouri releases first regular-season depth chart

08/25/2014 1:44 PM

08/25/2014 1:48 PM

Senior Marcus Murphy remains at tailback, according to the week one depth chart Missouri released early Monday afternoon.

Murphy, who spent the first half of training camp working as a slot receiver, is listed as the Tigers’ starting running back along with junior Russell Hansbrough for Saturday’s opener against South Dakota State.

The game kicks off at 2:30 p.m. at Memorial Stadium.

Hansbrough and Murphy are listed as listed first and second with the “or” designation atop Missouri’s depth chart.

The No. 3 running back — Morgan Steward, a sophomore Staley graduate — is the only player on the Tigers’ injury report. He is doubtful with a lingering hip injury.

Freshman Ish Witter and junior Tyler Hunt, who tweeted that he was put on scholarship over the weekend, round out the tailback depth chart.

Witter is one of five true freshman listed on Missouri’s initial in-season depth chart.

He is joined by wide receivers Lawrence Lee and Nate Brown, cornerback Logan Cheadle, a Lee’s Summit West graduate, and safety Thomas Wilson.

Lee is listed third in the slot behind seniors Jimmie Hunt and Gavin Otte, while Brown is listed third at flanker behind senior Darius White and junior Wesley Leftwich.

Cheadle sits behind sophomore Aarion Penton and junior David Johnson, while Wilson is listed third at free safety behind juniors Ian Simon and Cortland Browning.

Sophomore Harold Brantley, who had been buried as the fourth nose guard on the Tigers’ July 7 depth chart, is listed as the “or” starter with senior Matt Hoch at defensive tackle.

Hoch, who had been nursing a strained pectoral muscle, no longer appears on the injury report. Otte (ankle sprain) and Hunt (hamstring) also came off the injury report along with sophomore cornerback John Gibson (hamstring).

Redshirt freshman quarterback Eddie Printz appears to have won the battle to back up sophomore Maty Mauk. He is listed second ahead of junior Corbin Berkstresser, a Lee’s Summit graduate.

Meanwhile, junior Mitch L. Hall fended off junior Taylor Chappell for the starting job at right tackle. Chappell is listed as the No. 2 right tackle behind junior Connor McGovern.

Chappell worked with the first string during camp when McGovern was sidelined by strained pectoral muscle. He was even with Hall midway through camp, according to Missouri’s coaches.

Senior Darvin Ruise, who worked with the third string throughout camp with the Tigers’ staff prodding him to lose weight, opens the season No. 2 on the depth chart behind junior Kentrell Brothers at weakside linebacker.

Finally, Simon is listed as Missouri’s No. 1 kick returner ahead of Murphy, who remains the No. 1 punt returner ahead of Penton.

To reach Tod Palmer, call 816-234-4389 or send email to tpalmer@kcstar.com. Follow him on Twitter at @todpalmer.

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