Gary Pinkel sounds open to QB change, releases pre-spring depth chart

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Missouri released its pre-spring depth chart yesterday, and the most notable encouragement is the depth along the offensive line. There are 19 able bodies at the position this spring. Last season, injuries took its toll on the offensive line and quarterback James Franklin.

Gary Pinkel sat down the Columbia Tribune recently in a Q&A session, and he sounds open to another quarterback other than James Franklin to emerge. Pinkel contends that Franklin still enters spring with a ‘status’ as a starter.

“Our program, how we handle quarterbacks is this: If you have a returning veteran starter like James a year ago, he was healthy going into the spring, and he came off a year with 22 touchdown passes, 15 rushing, MVP of the bowl game, he comes in and he’s going to be with the ones. … Whoever’s No. 2 can certainly beat him out. It doesn’t mean he keeps his job, but he comes in with that status.

In this situation, without what I’d call the term “an established quarterback,” we pretty much will, with those top three guys, go even reps with ones, twos, threes and keep rolling them right through. That’s how we’ve always handled that.”

All eyes are on the Missouri offense in the coming weeks, especially with offensive coordinator David Yost bailing on the team and Pinkel promoting Josh Henson. Now, Henson is tasked with reviving one of the most head-scratching offenses a year ago to its stellar 2011 form, including one of the top quarterbacks in James Franklin, who posted 36 total touchdowns in ‘11 compared to just 10 last season.

Most think freshman Maty Mauk will emerge this spring and really give Franklin a run for his money for the starting job.

Here’s the spring depth chart:

Offense

Quarterback
1 James Franklin — 6-2, 230, Sr., 2L
13 Corbin Berkstresser — 6-3, 225, So., 1L
7 Maty Mauk — 6-1, 200, RSFr.
16 Eric Laurent — 6-3, 205, RSFr.
19 Alex Demczak — 6-0, 200, Jr.
11 Trent Hosick — 6-1, 230, Fr.
9 Eddie Printz — 6-3, 210, Fr.
12 Colby Carpenter — 6-2, 220, Fr.

Running back
6 Marcus Murphy — 5-9, 185, Jr., 2L
32 Russell Hansbrough — 5-9, 185, So., 1L
20 Henry Josey — 5-10, 190, Jr., 2L
24 Greg White — 6-1, 215, Jr.
35 Tyler Hunt — 5-11, 210, So.
36 Morgan Steward — 6-0, 215, RSFr.
10 Miles Drummond — 5-11, 215, RSFr.
41 Andrew Stevens — 5-9, 195, RSFr.

Y Receiver
81 Eric Waters — 6-4, 245, Sr., 3L
80 Sean Culkin — 6-6, 240, RSFr.
46 Kyle Peasel — 6-3, 230, Sr.
84 Brandon Colbert — 6-3, 225, Jr.

X Receiver
85 Marcus Lucas — 6-5, 220, Sr., 3L
15 Dorial Green-Beckham — 6-6, 220, So., 1L
18 Wesley Leftwich — 6-1, 195, So.
85 Gavin Otte — 5-11, 200, Jr.

H Receiver
21 Bud Sasser — 6-2, 210, Jr., 1L
88 Jimmie Hunt — 6-1, 215, Jr., 2L
16 Levi Copelin — 6-2, 185, RSFr.
17 Sheldon Gerau — 6-0, 200, So.
26 Jake Brents — 6-3, 200, RSFr.

Z Receiver
2 L’Damian Washington — 6-4, 200, Sr., 3L
14 Jaleel Clark — 6-4, 220, Sr., 3L
8 Darius White — 6-3, 200, Jr.
43 Cameron Chancey — 6-0, 180, So.
38 Reid Swearingen — 6-3, 190, RSFr

Left tackle
68 Justin Britt — 6-6, 320, Sr., 3L
70 Anthony Gatti — 6-6, 315, Jr.
67 Michael Boddie — 6-5, 295, So.

Left guard
77 Evan Boehm — 6-3, 315, So., 1L
73 Mitch Hall — 6-5, 320, So.
59 Kyle Starke — 6-4, 310, So.
69 Mitch Hall — 6-1, 285, So., 1L

Center
63 Brad McNulty — 6-4, 305, So., 1L
51 Stephen Carberry — 6-4, 300, Jr.
56 Robert Luce — 6-2, 300, Jr.
76 Jordan Williams — 6-2, 275, RSFr.

Right guard
61 Max Copeland — 6-3, 295, Sr., 1L
60 Connor McGovern — 6-4, 315, So., 1L
78 Nick Demien — 6-6, 300, Jr.
79 Adam Franklin — 6-0, 265, So.

Right tackle
65 Mitch Morse — 6-5, 305, Jr., 2L
74 Chris Freeman — 6-8, 335, Jr.
62 Taylor Chappell — 6-5, 320, So.
54 Nick Monaghan — 6-2, 245, So.

Defense

Defensive end
52 Michael Sam — 6-3, 255, Sr., 3L
55 Brayden Burnett — 6-2, 245, Sr., 3L
95 Rickey Hatley — 6-4, 260, RSFr.
64 Keric Lickerman — 6-3, 235, So.

Nose Guard
96 Lucas Vincent — 6-2, 295, Jr., 2L
94 Marvin Foster — 6-1, 290, Sr., 2L
99 David Butler — 6-4, 280, Jr.
93 Justin Grava — 6-3, 260, RSFr.

Defensive tackle
89 Matt Hoch — 6-5, 295, Jr., 2L
90 Harold Brantley — 6-3, 300, RSFr.
50 Evan Winston — 6-3 300, RSFr.
51 Stephen Mack — 6-0, 245, Jr.

Defensive end
47 Kony Ealy — 6-5, 275, Jr., 2L
56 Shane Ray — 6-3, 245, So., 1L
33 Markus Golden — 6-3, 255, Jr., 1L
98 Clayton Echard — 6-5, 260, So.

Weakside linebacker
12 Darvin Ruise — 6-1, 245, Jr., 1L
10 Kentrell Brothers — 6-1, 235, So., 1L
25 Donavin Newsom — 6-2, 230, RSFr.

Middle linebacker
48 Andrew Wilson — 6-3, 235, Sr., 3L
54 Michael Brennan — 6-2, 235, Sr.
30 Michael Scherer — 6-3, 235, RSFr.
49 Denzel Martin — 5-10, 230, Jr.

Strong linebacker
8 Donovan Bonner — 6-1, 240, Sr., 3L
40 Clarence Green — 6-0, 225, So.
11 Torey Boozer — 6-2, 230, RSFr.

Cornerback
31 E.J. Gaines — 5-10, 195, Sr., 3L
26 Xavier Smith — 5-11, 185, Jr., 2L
29 Zach Edwards — 5-9, 190, RSFr.
46 Jared Edwards — 5-10, 195, RSFr.

Cornerback
7 Randy Ponder — 5-10, 190, Sr., 2L
3 David Johnson — 5-11, 190, So.
1 John Gibson — 5-11, 185, RSFr.
22 David Sowell — 5-10, 185, Fr.
33 Jordan Wade — 5-9, 195, Jr.

Strong Safety
17 Matt White — 6-0, 195, Sr., 3L
21 Ian Simon — 5-11, 195, So., 1L
28 Ernest Payton — 6-2, 210, So., 1L
45 Tyler Davis — 6-0, 200, Sr.

Free safety
9 Braylon Webb — 6-0, 205, Jr., 2L
5 Cortland Browning — 6-1, 210, So.
4 Daniel Easterly — 6-4, 215, Jr., 2L
19 Chaston Ward — 6-1, 205, RSFr.
18 Michael Godas — 6-0, 210, So.
10 Brock Bondurant — 6-2, 215, RSFr

Specialists

Kicker
99 Andrew Baggett — 6-2, 220, So., 1L
91 Blake Owens — 5-11, 200, Jr.
90 Nick Coffman — 5-11, 170, RSFr.

Punter
92 Christian Brinser — 6-1, 200, Jr.
91 Blake Owens — 5-11, 200, J

Photo Credit: Dak Dillon-USA TODAY Sports

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  • Pinkel is loyal but the losing Yost should have been a wake up call. Franklin played hurt in 2011, he was not available for much of 2012. In my opinion Pinkel has no choice but to get Mauk ready, because Berk did not progress as much as the team needed. So the question really is, Which one of these players wanted the job enough to get prepare to claim it, and which ones are still preparing to claim the job right now. Without watching the qb’s practice it might be hard to judge this. Pinkel probably needs to get a playbook ready for all three qbs and call plays to each one’s strength. The old adage that ‘when you have two quarterbacks you have none’ is just an old wives tale. Because when your qb is hurt, for one play or for a season, the team still wants to win (and so do the alums, fans, administrators, and accountants). The Depth chart for his quarterbacks is a wide eye look for other reasons however, with another tall freshman ahead of junior Demziak. So the question: Is Laurent making a move as well?

    • I tend to agree with you. No matter the spring that Mauk were to have, and it should be good, I think Pinkel opens ’13 with Franklin. But if he struggles in the least, Pinkel will be forced to play Mauk.

  • With a year under the belt and an upperclassmen heavy team, as opposed to last year’s young and injured team, you’ve got to like the Tigers chances of at least competing. I think depth across the trenches will be the biggest question mark (again) when SEC play stars.

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