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Barry Odom confirms Marquise Doherty will transfer from Missouri

Missouri Tigers running back Marquise Doherty is leaving the program to concentrate the baseball.
Missouri Tigers running back Marquise Doherty is leaving the program to concentrate the baseball. skeyser@kcstar.com

Missouri coach Barry Odom confirmed Tuesday that redshirt freshman running back Marquise Doherty was leaving the football program.

Doherty, a Winnetonka graduate, was drafted by the Royals in the 15th round of the 2015 Major League Baseball First-Year Player Draft, but he opted for a two-sport career at Mizzou instead.

Now, Doherty has reversed course.

“He decided to pursue just baseball and indicated to me that he was going to enroll in junior college and just play baseball and try to make that work,” Odom said.

Doherty sat out last football season with the Tigers and played sparingly for the baseball team this spring. He batted .214 in 12 games, including seven starts, with a double and four RBIs.

“I wish him well,” Odom said. “Since baseball started in January, I really only had a chance to work with him one day. Baseball was really where he wanted to go moving forward, so I hope it works out awesome for him.”

Tod Palmer: 816-234-4389, @todpalmer

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