OFFENSE: Tim Barnes-C, Blaine Gabbert-QB (NFL)
DEFENSE: Andrew Gachkar-SLB, Carl Gettis-CB, Kevin Rutland-CB, Jarrell Harrison-FS, Matt Grabner-P, Aldon Smith-DE (NFL)
Defensive Line / Receivers

Despite the lost of Aldon Smith, these defensive ends Jacquies Smith and Brad Madison are sure to post huge sack numbers. This is an extremely veteran front line. Not one single receiver departs. Michael Agnew is already a First Team All-American.

Secondary / Quarterback

This unit made great strides in 2010. Now they have to find two new cornerbacks and a free safety if they wish to hold on to such a lofty preseason ranking. With Gabbert leaving town, what once was considered a strength is now considered a concern.

TE Michael Egnew
DE Jacquies Smith
* DEPTH CHARTS were only designed as a simplistic gauge for listing players that departed and players that received the most playing experience (consistent starters). NationalChamps.net recognizes the importance of missing personnel data not listed such as redshirts, transfers, injuries, incoming recruits, back ups and alternates. Their coverage will begin with our full 2011 Preseason Preview due out this coming spring.
Returning Starters/
Key Players
QB James Franklin-So (6-2, 230) Ashton Glaser-So (6-0, 205)
TB De'Vion Moore-Sr Kendial Lawrence-Jr (5-9, 190)
Henry Josey-So (5-10, 180)
WR Jerrell Jackson-Sr (6-1, 190) Rolandis Woodland-Jr (6-3, 200)
L'Damian Washington-So (6-4, 190)
WR T.J. Moe-Jr (6-0, 200) Gahn McGaffie-Jr (5-10, 180)
WR Wes Kemp-Sr (6-4, 220) Brandon Gerau-Sr (6-0, 175)
TE Michael Egnew-Sr (6-6, 235) Eric Waters-So (6-4, 230)
OT Elvis Fisher-Sr (6-5, 292) Anthony Gatti-RFr (6-6, 280)
OG Jayson Palmgren-Sr (6-2, 305) Justin Britt-So (6-6, 270)
C Travis Ruth-Jr (6-3, 290) Mitch Morse-RFr (6-6, 280)
OG Austin Wuebbels-Sr (6-4, 300) Jack Meiners-Jr (6-6, 305)
OT Dan Hoch-Sr (6-7, 315) Chris Freeman-RFr (6-8, 350)
K Grant Ressel-Sr (6-1, 190) Trey Barrow-Jr (6-1, 190)
Returning Starters/
Key Players
DE Jacquies Smith-Sr (6-4, 250) Michael Sam-So (6-3, 245)
DT Terrell Resonno-Sr (6-5, 295) Jimmy Burge-Jr (6-2, 290)
NG Dominique Hamilton-Sr (6-5, 305) Marvin Foster-So (6-2, 280)
DE Brad Madison-Jr (6-4, 250) Kony Ealy-RFr (6-5, 230)
SLB Andrew Wilson-So (6-3, 225) Donovan Bonner-So (6-2, 240)
MLB Will Ebner-Sr (6-1, 230) Luke Lambert-Sr (6-3, 230)
WLB Zaviar Gooden-Jr (6-2, 225) Darvin Ruise-RFr (6-2, 220)
CB Kip Edwards-Jr (6-1, 200) Robert Steeples-Jr (6-1, 195)
CB E.J. Gaines-So (5-10, 175) Trey Hobson-Sr (5-11, 190)
SS Kenji Jackson-Sr (5-10, 195) Kenronte Walker-Jr (6-0, 205)
FS Matt White-So (6-0, 180) Braylon Webb-RFr (6-0, 195)
P Trey Barrow-Jr (6-1, 190) Christian Brinser-RFr (6-0, 185)

For some reason nobody seems to be talking much about Missouri football on a national level. The Tigers quietly have put together a No. 14 ranking in the current AP poll. Gary Pinkel took over as Missouri's coach before the 2001 season. Ten seasons later, Pinkel's transformation of the program is obvious. Missouri, which went without a bowl appearance between 1984 and 1996, has gone to seven bowls in the last eight seasons, including each of the past six seasons. The problem in Columbia has been the inability to put the total package together. During the most successful runs under Pinkel the offense has been unstoppable while on the other hand the defense just hasn't been able to stop anyone. The Chase Daniel years were a prime example. Now the Blaine Gabbert years are here and the biggest difference for Gabbert is that Missouri now has a defense capable of hanging with anyone in the Big 12. This is currently the nation's No. 6 scoring defense, quite a feat considering the offensive high scoring nature of this conference. All Big 12 defensive ends Jacquies Smith and Aldon Smith make this the best set of returning pass rushers in the league. The biggest strides have come in the secondary. For Mizzou to make a move into the Top 10 on a permanent basis however, coach Pinkel has to prove he can replace a new set of cornerbacks. Offensively there is potential for some explosive production. Quarterback Blaine Gabbert can run and throw. He has yet to reach his full potential. The good news is that the running game has started to hit a grove. It took a while to figure a way to live without the early season dismissal of All-Big 12 running back Derrick Washington. In the process the Tigers have found three different ball carriers capable of handling the load. All of these pass catchers are back including FWAA First Team All-American tight end Michael Egnew. With ten starters back on offense, the projection for such a lofty ranking can be justified. They seal the deal with a much better defense compared to years past.


9-3-10 MIAMI OH
9-10-11 at Arizona State
9-24-11 at Oklahoma
10-8-11 at Kansas State
10-15-11 IOWA STATE
10-29-11 at Texas A&M
11-5-11 at Baylor
11-12-11 TEXAS
11-19-11 TEXAS TECH
11-26-11 vs. Kansas @Kansas City, MO