OF­FENSE

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ence to his po­si­tion as Lock’s heir. With Bryant only hav­ing one year at MU, it’s cru­cial that Baze­lak, the No. 10 ranked pocket-passer in his class per ESPN, get snaps so he’s pre­pared to start in 2020.

TAIL­BACK

Starters: Da­marea Crock­ett and Larry Roun­tree.

Back­ups: Tyler Badie and Simi Bakare.

Anal­y­sis: This po­si­tion is loaded. A pair of 1,000yard rush­ers as co-starters and two proven tail­backs as back­ups. Of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor Derek Doo­ley will likely change MU’s of­fense scheme to ben­e­fit the run game with Bryant be­ing a proven run­ner. There’s a case to be made for MU hav­ing the best run game in the South­east­ern Con­fer­ence next sea­son.

TIGHT END

Starter: Al­bert Ok­wueg­bunam?

Back­ups: Mes­siah Swin­son, Daniel Parker?

Anal­y­sis: This is the po­si­tion that has the most uncer­tainty right now. Mis­souri just lost tight ends coach Joe Jon Fin­ley to Texas A&M and Ok­wueg­bunam is draft el­i­gi­ble af­ter the Lib­erty Bowl. Swin­son was ex­pected to play this sea­son but tore his ACL in fall camp, which led to Parker’s con­ver­sion from de­fen­sive end to tight end. Parker has been a rev­e­la­tion as a tight end and said he will talk to head coach Barry Odom af­ter the sea­son about his fu­ture at the po­si­tion. There’s a sit­u­a­tion where Swin­son is the starter next sea­son, but with Bryant’s com­mit­ment, Ok­wueg­bunam has rea­son to stay.

WIDE RE­CEIVER

Starters: Jonathan Nance, Jalen Knox, Kam Scott, Johnathan John­son, Do­minic Gicinto

Back­ups: Alex Ofodile, Bar­rett Ban­nis­ter, C.J. Boone, Mau­rice Massey

Anal­y­sis: Nance com­mit­ted to Mis­souri min­utes af­ter Bryant and joins a loaded re­ceiver group that gives the for­mer Clem­son quar­ter­back plenty of throw­ing tar­gets. Knox has a shot at the SEC all-fresh­man team af­ter be­com­ing MU’s pri­mary re­ceiver when Hall went down be­cause of a groin in­jury. Scott av­er­aged 26.8 yards per catch and has been com­pared to Hall by the coach­ing staff. John­son and Gicinto, a Ray­town grad­u­ate, are re­li­able slot re­ceivers and Boone will be on cam­pus in the spring, which could get him on the field early.

OF­FEN­SIVE LINE

Starters: Yasir Du­rant, Hyrin White, Trys­tan Colon-Castillo, Tre’Vour Wal­lace-Simms, Larry Bo­rum

Anal­y­sis: Mis­souri loses tackle Paul Adams and guard Kevin Pendle­ton to grad­u­a­tion, so Bo­rum and White are ed­u­cated guesses. White came in dur­ing Mis­souri’s win over Pur­due when Du­rant went down be­cause of an an­kle sprain and played well, which is why the staff will likely try to find a place for him in the start­ing lineup. Backup guard Case Cook could also push for a start­ing spot. Wal­lace-Simms was a first-team AP all-SEC se­lec­tion and will be on NFL Draft boards along­side the 6-foot-7 Du­rant.

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