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Over the coming weeks, BK will preview each and every position on the Mizzou football roster in anticipation for the 2015 season. Our positional previews began in the first week of July, and we will continue until August 1st – which just so happens to be the first week of Mizzou football camp. See what we did there?
There is nothing if not experience at both offensive guard positions. Mitch Hall started the first four games of last season at right guard, Taylor Chappell started the final 10 games at right tackle, and Brad McNulty performed admirably in his 10 starts at left guard. All three make an appearance in the two-deep this year. That’s a unit that I will be following closely at fall camp.
Will Taylor Chappell hold off Brad McNulty for the starting left guard position? Will Connor McGovern kick back inside and take one of the starting spots at guard? Will the coaches ask junior college transfer Malik Cuellar to kick inside? All of these questions will be answered in the coming weeks.
As for center, the Tigers have Evan Boehm. Anything behind him is icing on the cake. Boehm is an All SEC-caliber player, and having him as the anchor of the Tigers offensive line can be seen as nothing but a positive.
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The positive about Mizzou’s offensive guards is that most of them have starting experience. Hall, McNulty and Chappell have a combined 29 career starts. And there is flexibility within the position, too. After the coaches have determined who the starting left tackle will be for 2015, the backup left tackle may receive some cross-training at offensive guard. If Cuellar wins the job at left tackle, McGovern would kick back inside. If McGovenr wins the left tackle job, I wouldn’t be surprised to see Cuellar kick inside.
At center, the Tigers have one of the best players in the SEC in Evan Boehm. He was named to the third team All SEC, but it would come as no surprise if he ends the season on the firs team. He’s a four-year starter that has been the rock of the Missouri Tigers in their SEC turnaround. There’s really not much more to say about Boehm. There’s nothing not to like about him as your starting center.
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The problem at offensive guard is that, despite starting experience, we haven’t seen this group perform at an extremely high level. Now, that changes if Connor McGovern gets kicked back inside – McGovern was an All SEC-caliber player when he was starting at offensive guard. But Mitch Hall, Taylor Chappell and Brad McNulty all experienced their fair share of lumps in 2014. So, despite their starting experience, there are still questions on what this offensive line’s ceiling is.
It’s really hard to tell. There are so many different possibilities along the offensive line in 2015. Here’s an illustration of the potential combinations:
Connor McGovern – Taylor Chappell – Evan Boehm – Mitch Hall – Jordan Williams
Connor McGovern – Taylor Chappell – Evan Boehm – Mitch Hall – Malik Cuellar
Connor McGovern – Taylor Chappell – Evan Boehm – Mitch Hall – Tyler Howell
Connor McGovern – Taylor Chappell – Evan Boehm – Mitch Hall – Clay Rhodes
Connor McGovern – Brad McNulty – Evan Boehm – Mitch Hall – Jordan Williams
Connor McGovern – Brad McNulty – Evan Boehm – Mitch Hall – Malik Cuellar
You get the point. I believe Connor McGovern, Malik Cuellar and Tyler Howell are all options to start at left tackle. Taylor Chappell, Mitch Hall, Brad McNulty and Connor McGovern are options at offensive guard. And Malik Cuellar, Jordan Williams, Clay Rhodes, Taylor Chappell and Tyler Howell are all options at right tackle. If I had to guess – and this is nothing more than a guess – what the end result will be, I’ll go with this lineup:
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