HOOVER, Ala. – Missouri released its first depth chart since spring football ended as part of the 2015 media guide, which was distributed Monday at the start of SEC Media Days.
As expected, there is some significant reshuffling from before the spring.
Let’s start with the defense.
— Buoyed by a strong spring camp, junior Rickey Hatley (6-4, 285) is set to enter camp as the Tigers’ starting nose guard.
He is listed ahead of junior Josh Augusta (6-4, 345) on the depth chart, while sophomore A.J. Logan (6-2, 300) and freshman Terry Beckner Jr. (6-4, 300) are listed behind Harold Brantley at defensive tackle.
The pre-camp depth chart was set June 15, but it’s unlikely Brantley will be able to play this season as he recovers from a broken leg and knee surgery among other injuries.
There are no seniors on the defensive line, which also includes sophomore Charles Harris (6-3, 255) as a starter at defensive end. Harris is a Lincoln Prep graduate.
Redshirt freshman Walter Brady inherits the starting spot at defensive end that was vacated when Marcus Loud was dismissed from the team in May.
Returning starters, senior Kentrell Brothers (6-1, 235) and junior Michael Scherer (6-3, 230), anchor the linebacker corps, which also lists junior Donavin Newsom (6-2, 230) as the starter on the strong-side.
Newsom is ahead of senior Clarence Green (6-0, 220), while redshirt freshman Brandon Lee (6-2, 220) is listed in front of sophomore Eric Beisel (6-3, 225) as Scherer’s backup at middle linebacker.
Beisel missed most of the spring with a foot injury, precipitating his drop.
The secondary features three returning starters — including both cornerbacks, senior Kenya (5-11, 200) and junior Aarion Penton (5-10, 190), and free safety Ian Simon (6-0, 195).
Sophomore Anthony Sherrils (6-0, 190), a Hogan Prep graduate, is listed as the starter at strong safety ahead of senior Cortland Browning (6-1, 205).
Junior John Gibson (6-0, 190) and sophomore Logan Cheadle (5-10, 180), a Lee’s Summit West graduate, provide rock solid depth at cornerback.
Redshirt freshman safety Tavon Ross (6-0, 200), who tore his ACL a few weeks before spring practice, is listed third at free safety behind Simon and sophomore Thomas Wilson (5-10, 190).
— Senior Connor McGovern (6-4, 305) is listed as the starter at left tackle (though it’s listed as “RG” on the tentative depth chart).
That wasn’t a surprise.
Frankly, there are few surprises for the Tigers on the offensive side.
Senior Taylor Chappell (6-5, 305), who started some at right tackle last season, is atop the depth chart at left guard ahead of Brad McNulty (6-4, 305) and Andy Bauer (6-3, 310).
Redshirt freshman Mitch Hall (6-5, 310) is listed as the starting right. He is not the same Mitch Hall who played last season on the line (yes, Missouri had two Mitch Halls last season).
Redshirt freshman Kevin Pendleton (6-4, 315), a Lee’s Summit West graduate, is listed as Hall’s backup.
The starting right tackle entering camp is sophomore Nate Crawford (6-5, 300), a converted defensive lineman.
His backups are local products — sophomore Clay Rhodes (6-5, 290), a Blue Valley grad, and redshirt freshman Mike Fairchild (6-5, 295), a BV West grad.
It will be interesting to see where Tyler Howell, a Bonner Springs graduate by way of Butler (Kan.) Community College, impacts the offensive line depth chart when he arrives for fall camp.
There are no surprises on the tight end depth — junior Sean Culkin (6-6, 245), sophomore Jason Reese (6-5, 250) and senior Clayton Echard (6-5, 260).
Nor is the wide receiver depth unexpected with sophomore J’Mon Moore (6-3, 190) and senior Wesley Leftwich (6-1, 205) set to start outside with sophomore Nate Brown (6-3, 205) in the slot.
Converted defensive back Raymond Wingo (5-11, 180), a redshirt freshman, is listed third behind Moore and redshirt freshman DeSean Blair (6-3, 190) at the X receiver.
Junior Morgan Steward (6-0, 210), a Staley graduate, returns to the depth chart after missing last season with a hip injury. He is listed third behind senior Russell Hansbrough (5-9, 195) and sophomore Ish Witter (6-3, 190).
Redshirt freshman Trevon Walters (5-10, 200), who suffered a torn ACL during the spring, is the only player on Missouri’s injury report.
The only notable development on the quarterback depth chart is that redshirt freshman Marvin Zanders (6-1, 185) has leapfrogged senior Corbin Berkstresser (6-3, 220) for the No. 3 spot behind junior Maty Mauk (6-0, 195) and sophomore Eddie Printz (6-3, 205).
True freshman Drew Lock, the reigning Simone Award winner from Lee’s Summit and a prize recruit in the 2015 class, is not listed on the depth chart.
— Senior Andrew Baggett (6-1, 215), a Lee’s Summit North graduate, remains entrenched as the Tigers’ starting kicker, while freshman Corey Fatony (5-11, 185) is listed as the starting punter ahead of junior walk-on Dayton Balvanz (6-5, 185).