When Clemson graduate transfer QB Kelly Bryant chose to play his senior season at Mizzou, it was expected he’d take over as the team’s starter.
As the Tigers prepare to kick off spring practices, that move is now official. On Wednesday, coach Barry Odom named Bryant the starter for the 2019 season.
Per Dave Matter of STLToday.com, Odom discussed how Bryant’s talents change the way the Mizzou offense will work under OC Derek Dooley in 2019:
“Kelly, I think, is a high-level thrower,” Odom said. “There are some things that he can do in the quarterback-run game that will help us. We’ve also got a pretty good group of receivers we need to find ways to get the ball. It’s exciting that you have opportunities to move the ball around a little bit. I always want to run the ball however we get it. This changes the dynamic a little bit to be creative in ways to rush the ball more effectively.”
Keeping Bryant around (so far) in the wake of the NCAA postseason ban has been a great boost for the Tigers, who continue to fight the sanctions.
Now, we’ll see how he performs this spring as he prepares to lead an offense that has a lot of talent returning this fall.