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Midday Musings: Afternoon Update: 4:11 E-mail
Written by Slim   
Monday, 30 August 2010 12:45

Happy game week everybody.  Time to put the d-dubs and suspensions behind us and actually focus on football.

Burning Redshirts

Earlier today, Gary Pinkel announced five freshman that will play this season.  They are Henry Josey, Marcus Murphy, Marcus Lucas, Eric Waters, and EJ Gaines. UPDATE: Pinkel also added that Franklin will play and burn the redshirt this fall, just not necessarily Week 1 against Illinois

Marcus Lucas will burn his redshirt this season.

After the recent running back developments, Josey and Murphy are no-brainers.  But after that, I'm a bit surprised.  Right away I thought there were some glaring omissions from that list.  UPDATE: How about Mizzou's second string quarterback James Franklin, Pinkel said at media day today that the freshman QB will play at some point this season.  What about Bud Sasser or Darvin Ruise?

Well, Pinkel said there are five or six other players he's still considering.  My guess on those five (in order) goes like this: Sasser, Ruise, Nick Demien, Mitch Morse, and a healthy Jimmie Hunt.

I spoke with Sasser last week, and while he said all the right things regarding his redshirt ("it's up to the coaches, we'll see" blah, blah, blah) I came away with the feeling that he expects to play.  He's been practicing with the second team and in the practices and scrimmages I've been to, I thought he looked as good, if not better than Marcus Lucas.  Then again, I'm not a talent evaluator/coach/anything related with football, so I'll put my trust in the Missouri coaching staff.

Also, physically, Darvin Ruise is an absolute beast.  He looks like someone who has been in the program for years.  He looks about as thick as Luke Lambert and Lambert is four years older than Ruise.  Does this mean he deserves to play?  No, but I just thought I'd throw it out there.

Mizzou/Illinois Line

Saturday's game opened with Illinois as 12.5 point dogs to our Missouri Tigers.  The over/under was set at 53.5.

Blah

- Finally, D-Wash was officially charged this morning.



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New Depth Chart out
written by tweyerich, August 30, 2010
I'll add onto what Slim had for us.
New depth Chart out. Washington, Ebner and Brinkley not listed. JJ back as the #1 WR.
Mitch Morse and Anthony Gatti are 2 true freshman listed on the 2 deep at o-line. Gatti at Left Tackle and Morse at RG, that would indicate they are other freshman the staff might burn a redshirt on. Sasser and Lucas at #3 spots at the H and Z respectively .
Missouri returns the same returners from last year, but Marcus Murphy is listed in the top 3 of both return positions I think we could see him at some point, but I'd guess not game one. Depth Chart here:
http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/sc...-chart.pdf
Also if you missed it on Twitter, Mizzou will wear special Armed Forces jerseys against Texas Tech, here is the ESPNlink
http://grfx.cstv.com/photos/sc...-chart.pdf

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