Mizzou football looks to have key transfers outside of its star quarterback.
Everyone who pays any attention to college football is well aware that former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant transferred to play his final collegiate season at Missouri. While the fans at Faurot Field will happily welcome the dual-threat standout, there are a few more transfers on the Tigers’ roster who need to be known.
Former Arkansas receiver Jonathan Nance comes to the Zou a couple of years after a solid season for the Razorbacks. In 2017, he caught 33 passes for 497 yards and five touchdowns, leading Arkansas in all three categories.
The 6’0” pass-catcher will be a deep threat for the Tiger offense as he averaged 15 yards per catch in 2017. At Arkansas he frequently found himself open downfield for big-yardage plays. Once Bryant is comfortable behind center, he should have no problem slinging the ball to Nance.
The defensive line has some new faces as well, with Sci Martin Jr and Chris Daniels joining the squad. Martin Jr is a 6’3”, 225 lb defensive end who left LSU and went to East Mississippi Junior College.
Last season he totaled 6.5 sacks and 10.5 tackles for loss. Martin, being somewhat light for a defensive linemen, uses his speed and shiftiness to beat opposing linemen. He utilizes his wingspan well as he frequently batted passes for East Mississippi and even blocked a field goal.
He is a good open field tackler and he has a great nose for the ball, constantly sniffing out play-action and option plays. He brings depth in the trenches for this year’s Tiger squad.
Chris Daniels is quite the opposite of Martin, however, as he serves as a run stuffer at the nose tackle position. Standing 6’4” and weighing 315 pounds, Daniels plugs up the middle and denies opposing running backs.
The former Texas Longhorn excelled at the junior college level and was ranked as the No. 4 DT among those transferring from JUCO, per ESPN. As a redshirt junior, Daniels brings size and depth for Missouri.
While Bryant has brought some hype to Columbia, these other transfers also will look to make an impact on this motivated Tiger roster.