Before their Senior Day matchup against the Tennessee Volunteers, let’s take a look at the careers of the nine offensive players playing their final game at Faurot Field.
J’Mon Moore, WR; Missouri City, TX
There have been a number of very talented receivers to come through Mizzou in the last decade: Jeremy Maclin, Danario Alexander, Marcus Lucas, T.J. Moe, L’Damian Washington and others.
Moore has been a steady and productive player for the last two seasons and enters the game with 146 career receptions and 19 receiving touchdowns.
His breakout game came against Georgia, at home, in 2016 when he caught eight passes for a career high 196 yards and two scores in the heartbreaking 28-27 loss. He then set a career best with four touchdowns the next week against Delaware State and set a career high for receptions this season against Idaho with 11.
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Moore looks like he could be a mid-to-late round pick in the 2018 NFL Draft.
Jason Reese, TE; Euless, TX
The tight end played in 46 games over his four years at Mizzou, making seven starts. He emerged as a receiving threat in his junior year with eight receptions and two touchdowns before missing the final five games of the season. Reese also scored his first career touchdown against Eastern Michigan in week two.
Reese’s best moment came against South Carolina this season, when he caught a career long 61-yard touchdown pass to put the Tigers up 10-0 over the Gamecocks. However, SC came back and won the game.
Alec Abeln, OL; St. Louis, MO
The interior lineman has made nine starts over the past two seasons. He came to Mizzou as the 15th ranked center prospect in the nation but saw most of his time at left guard. He was also used as a fullback at times during his career.
Ish Witter, RB; Tampa, FL
The Tampa, FL native saw the field in all four years at Mizzou, with his best year coming in 2016 with career highs in yards (750) and carries (162).
For his career, Witter has played in 45 games with 14 starts. He has 407 rushes for 1,873 yards and 11 TDs on the ground with 32 receptions for 271 yards and a TD through the air.
Witter’s biggest game came at Tennessee last season, when he ran for 163 yards on 31 carries with two scores in the 63-37 loss. It was his first game with multiple rushing touchdowns, with his second coming against Idaho this season.
Dominic Collins, WR; Lake Forest, CA
The Lake Forest, CA native didn’t come onto the scene until 2016. He has played in 11 games over his career with one start.
Collins made one catch in 2016 against West Virginia – his career long of 22 yards. Collins’ career highs of two catches and 30 yards came in the opener this season against Missouri State.
Tyler Howell, OL; Bonner Springs, KS
Hailing from Bonner Springs, KS, Howell is a behemoth. At 6-8 and 330 pounds, he is big enough to be a dominant run blocker, but agile enough to pass block.
Howell came from Butler Community College and had two years with the Tigers. He started at left tackle all 12 games his first year in the program in 2016 and continued to hold down the blind side this season. However, he hasn’t been quite as consistent his senior year with just three starts in nine games.
Adam Ploudre, OL; Ballwin, MO
The offensive lineman was forced to overcome an awful leg injury in high school that delayed him going to college. However, his performance on the team made him eligible for the FWAA Courage Award. Over his time at Mizzou he appeared in 19 games with eight starts.
Adam Roland, OL; St. Louis, MO
The grandson of Mizzou football legend and former NFL running back Johnny Roland, Adam was naturally going to be a Tiger. He saw action in one game in 2016 before missing all of 2017 with a leg injury.
Cameren Rivers, WR; St. Louis, MO
Over his two seasons with the program he appeared in two games on special teams. He was named Scout Team player of the year in 2016.
The Missouri Tigers have been fortunate to have as talented a group of seniors as they have with this group. The good news is Mizzou fields a number of athletes who are coming into their own, and provided they stay their full four years, will also make an impact on the field.