University of Missouri

Three reserves will transfer from Missouri football program

Three reserves for the Missouri football team will transfer, a spokesman for the program confirmed Monday afternoon.

Junior nose guard Evan Winston, junior right guard Jordan Williams and sophomore safety Shaun Rupert will no longer play for the Tigers.

The transfer were first reported by PowerMizzou’s Pete Scantlebury.

Winston — a 6-foot-3, 300-pound interior defensive lineman from Muskegon Heights, Mich. — appeared in four games during the last two seasons.

His only tackles came during the 2013 season opener against Murray State and the 2014 season opener against South Dakota State.

Winston started the spring No. 2 on Missouri’s depth chart behind junior Josh Augusta.

Williams — a 6-3, 290-pound native of Denton, Texas, who appeared in all four non-conference games last season — also started the spring second on the depth chart behind senior Connor McGovern.

But Tigers offensive line coach A.J. Ricker shuffled that deck substantially during spring practice.

Rupert — a 6-1, 195-pounder from Montgomery, Ala. — played in 13 games last season and recorded a tackle against Kentucky. He was cited for marijuana possession along with several other MU athletes last spring.

Rupert, who was Missouri’s first recruit from Alabama since moving to the SEC, was third on the depth chart at free safety entering the spring.

Missouri was facing a scholarship crunch after signing 23 players in its 2015 recruiting class, so the attrition, which happens at most big-time football programs, wasn’t unexpected.

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