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Missouri releases a new football depth chart

Wide receiver Bud Sasser (left) is listed at the top of the depth chart to be the starting ‘X’ receiver for the Missouri Tigers this season.
Wide receiver Bud Sasser (left) is listed at the top of the depth chart to be the starting ‘X’ receiver for the Missouri Tigers this season. The Kansas City Star

Missouri released a new football depth chart Monday for the first time since spring football ended.

There were four changes to the starting lineup compared with the original spring depth chart, including a shuffling of all three starting linebacker spots.

Senior Bud Sasser is listed as the starting X wide receiver on the updated depth chart, which no longer includes Dorial Green-Beckham.

Green-Beckham, who transferred to Oklahoma after being dismissed from the Tigers, had been the starter at X receiver.

Sasser had been listed as the starting Y receiver, but that position is no longer listed on the current depth chart, which is dated July 7 and still very much subject to change before the Tigers open the season Aug. 30 against South Dakota State at Memorial Stadium.

Defensively, junior Kentrell Brothers and sophomore Michael Scherer remain starters at linebacker, but both are in different positions after the spring.

Brothers, who missed spring football after surgery to repair a torn labrum, had been listed as the starting middle linebacker. He’s been moved back to weak-side linebacker, where he thrived in a starting role last season.

Scherer entered the spring as the No. 1 at strong-side linebacker, but now finds himself listed atop the depth chart at middle linebacker.

Finally, senior Darvin Ruise, who entered spring as the projected starter at weak-side linebacker, is now listed third on the depth chart at that spot behind Brothers and redshirt freshman Joey Burkett.

Sophomore Donavin Newsom currently sits atop the depth chart at strong-side linebacker.

Among other interesting depth chart-related revelations, Nate Crawford has switched sides of the ball.

Crawford, who entered the spring as Missouri’s No. 3 defensive tackle, is now listed third on the depth chart at right guard.

Additionally, sophomore wide receiver Levi Copelin, who was expected to push for a starting job, was dropped from the No. 2 Y receiver to the No. 3 H receiver on the latest depth chart.

Redshirt freshman Clay Rhodes and junior Taylor Chappell flipped sides as the Tigers’ primary backups at the offensive tackle spots with Rhodes, a Blue Valley graduate, moving from left to right tackle.

The new depth chart still does not include any freshmen except the early enrollees, including a couple of local players.

True freshman cornerback Logan Cheadle, a Lee’s Summit West graduate, is third on the depth chart behind sophomore John Gibson and junior Kenya Dennis, a junior college transfer.

Freshman lineman Mike Fairchild, a BV West graduate, is third on the depth chart at right tackle after starting the spring at right guard.

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

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