The players have spoken.
The Missouri Tigers announced their team captains for the 2014 season and some of them will come as no surprise.
The team voted and came to the consensus that the two offensive captains will be offensive tackle Mitch Morse and wide receiver Bud Sasser and on defense, safety Braylon Webb and Defensive end Markus Golden.
Morse, a 5th year senior is flipping from right tackle to left tackle this season to replace Justin Britt who was drafted by the Seattle Seahawks in the 2014 NFL Draft.
At 6’6, 315 pounds, he has prototypical size for an offensive tackle. He has the 2nd most starts of anyone on the offense trailing only junior center, Evan Boehm.
Sasser, also a 5th year senior will have a bigger role this season after the tigers lost Marcus Lucas, L’Damian Washington and Dorial Green-Beckham this past offseason.
The Denton, Texas native is looking to improve on his already good reputation as a workhorse who is dependable and uses superior route running ability to get separation. It’s another good sign that the receiving core is in good shape with him as the No. 1 pass catcher. The team obviously has faith in him and his leadership.
Last season Sasser accounted for 26 catches for 361 yards receiving along with a touchdown.
Webb, yet another 5th year senior is the most seasoned of anyone on the Tigers team this year, offense or defense having racked up 30 career starts so far.
He’s a dependable strong safety and no he isn’t the play-maker with ball skills that William Moore was, but he’s as steady as they come. He will also be continuing his role as holder on kicks. So there’s that.
Golden, likewise is a 5th year senior. The St. Louis, Missouri native is the projected breakout star of this season for the tigers after being named a preseason All-SEC 2nd team.
He’s looking to build on his 2013 season where he racked up 55 tackles along with 6.5 sacks. This season will be Golden’s first chance to start and he will need prove why all the hype about him is real.
With the captains settled, the Tigers are just another step closer to being ready for the season. They kick it off on August 30 when South Dakota State visits Columbia.