In conjunction with the start of camp, Missouri issued a new depth chart.
There weren’t many noteworthy changes, but the fact that redshirt freshman DeSean Blair was listed as the starter at the Tigers’ X receiver spot certainly jumped out.
Blair had a strong camp, but sophomore J’Mon Moore was the presumptive starter at that position.
Perhaps Moore’s demotion was meant to serve as a wake-up call or maybe it’s simply an indication that Blair has progressed by leaps and bounds.
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Ray Wingo is listed third at X receiver, which now shapes up as one of the more intriguing position battles in MU’s fall camp.
Here are some other observations:
▪ Sophomore strong safety Anthony Sherrils, a Hogan Prep graduate, remains atop the depth chart in front of senior Cortland Browning.
▪ The only change among starters on defense was dropping Harold Brantley from the depth chart. He suffered a broken leg and other injuries in a Father’s Day car crash that will keep him out for the season.
▪ Junior Josh Augusta is now listed as the starter at defensive tackle alongside junior Rickey Hatley. Sophomore A.J. Logan and junior Tyler Hanneke are the only interior defensive linemen listed as backups.
▪ Sophomore quarterback Eddie Printz takes over as the first-string holder, a position that had been occupied by Braylon Webb.
▪ Junior cornerback John Gibson is listed as the first-team kicker returner and junior cornerback Aarion Penton is listed atop the punt returner depth chart.
▪ Senior kicker Andrew Baggett also remains listed first at punter, but that is likely to change with the additions of freshman Corey Fatony and junior Dayton Balvanz, a junior-college transfer from Ellsworth Community College in Iowa.
▪ Five true freshman made the pre-camp depth chart — Kearney graduate Tanner Owen (6-5, 275) at left tackle, walk-on Nick Skalak (6-5, 290) at right tackle, Lee’s Summit graduate Drew Lock (6-4, 205) at quarterback, linebacker Terez Hall (6-2, 215) on the strong side and Webster Groves graduate Cam Hilton (6-0, 180) at strong safety.
▪ That means, at least to start, East St. Louis defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. is not listed on the depth chart. He was listed third at defensive tackle on the June 15 depth chart, but no longer appears on the Aug. 6 depth chart.
Unofficially, based on stretch lines, Beckner is fourth on the depth at defensive tackle, but there’s a good chance that changes before the season opener Sept. 5 against Southeast Missouri at Memorial Stadium in Columbia.