Following a 24-20 home win over Arizona State, Missouri is preparing to travel to South Carolina for its first SEC road game. A few players will be returning to action or playing in new roles, as we discovered when Missouri’s depth chart was released on Monday. The notable changes are as follows:
- The offensive line continues to shuffle and reshuffle, as senior Jack Meiners returns to a starting role this week and will play right tackle. After practicing in fall camp at right guard, he missed the first two games with a sprained knee. Meiners played limited reps last week at right guard, but will move to right tackle this week. Mitch Morse, who started the season at center before moving to right tackle during the Georgia game, will move back to center.
- Zaviar Gooden, a senior weakside linebacker who had 14 tackles and an interception through the first two games, is listed as a starter this week after missing the Arizona State game with a hamstring injury. Gooden is also a team captain.
- Quarterback James Franklin, who missed the Arizona State game with an inflamed bursa sac in his right shoulder, is listed as the starter and does not appear on the injury report. Corbin Berkstresser, who rushed for a touchdown in Saturday’s win, is listed as the backup. When asked Monday, on a scale from 1-10, how likely it is he’ll play on Saturday, Franklin rated his confidence level a “9.”
- Despite going only 1 for 4 in field goals Saturday, redshirt freshman kicker Andrew Baggett is still listed as the team’s starting placekicker. Trey Barrow, the team’s punter, was the field goal kicker for Missouri’s final six games of the 2011 season.
In other news, Kenronte Walker, a redshirt senior safety, was named SEC defensive player of the week Monday after his crucial interception in the closing seconds of Missouri’s 24-20 win.