For the next two weeks, let’s take a look at each position for Mizzou football. First up: the quarterbacks.
On the first day of football camp, Missouri football coach Barry Odom announced the Tigers will be without transfer quarterback Shawn Robinson for the season.
Robinson, who recently played for TCU, was denied a waiver by the NCAA to immediately play at Mizzou. So the junior QB will sit out this year.
He was expected to be the No. 2 quarterback this season behind top guy Kelly Bryant. The Tigers bring three other guys into camp who look to be the senior’s backup.
Two reserves from last year still are on the team, but in different roles. Jack Lowary is a graduate assistant coach while Micah Wilson is transitioning to wide receiver.
That leaves Mizzou with Taylor Powell, Lindsey Scott Jr. and Connor Bazelak.
Bryant comes to the Tigers as a senior transfer from Clemson. He has played in 29 games in his career with a 66 completion percentage. He has 16 touchdowns with 10 interceptions in his career. Bryant chose Mizzou to help him grow as a passer, hoping for a shot at the next level.
The quarterback room starts with Bryant, and he is looking to be the greatest one-year player in Mizzou history.
Powell was Drew Lock’s backup last season and most likely is the No. 2 this year behind Bryant. He played in six games his freshman year with 14 passes and 134 yards. His most playing time came in last year’s opener, where he went 4 of 9 for 105 yards, with a 44-yard completion.
The Arkansas native was the Tigers’ top recruit in the 2017 class, according to ESPN.
Scott is in his second season with the Tigers. Before Mizzou, he played at East Mississippi Community College, where he led his team to an 11-1 record and the 2017 NJCAA national championship. Scott passed for 3,481 yards with 29 touchdowns with 11 interceptions. He also rushed for 729 yards and six touchdowns in his lone season.
He played one year at LSU before transferring to the JUCO level.
Bazelak might have the brightest future on the roster. He likely will redshirt this year before sitting behind Robinson for two seasons. That could lead to a couple years as the Tigers’ starter, if it plays out that way.
He was a four-star recruit coming out of Dayton, Ohio.
One interesting note: Under coach Gary Pinkel, the Tigers weren’t afraid to burn a redshirt. They let Blaine Gabbert and Drew Lock play their freshman years, despite neither entering the season with a chance to start.
Would Odom do the same?
We might not need to know for another five years.