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July 6, 2012
Missouri will open fall camp in just about a month. Southeastern Conference Media Days start in Birmingham in less than two weeks and PowerMizzou.com will be there. As our leadup to the unofficial kickoff of daily coverge for the 2012 season, we will take an in-depth look at every position on the roster headed into camp. We continue today with the offensive line.
The Starters: Elvis Fisher is back for year six at left tackle, which allows Missouri to slide Justin Britt over to the right side. Mitch Morse impressed in the spring and should take over at center with Travis Ruth moving over to guard opposite Jack Meiners.
The Backups: The top five seem fairly set but there will be plenty of competition for the next spots on the depth chart. Mark Hill, Chris Freeman, Anthony Gatti, Nick Demien, Max Copeland, Taylor Chappell, Michael Boddie and Brad McNulty could all be in the mix and highly-touted freshman Evan Boehm could make some noise as well.
Camp Outlook: As we said, it would be a surprise to see a change among the first five in camp. Four of the five have significant experience and those around the program love Morse's potential. The more interesting storyline will be the backups. At this point, it's tough to separate many of the candidates for playing time. The Tigers will usually play seven or eight offensive linemen, so only about three of the guys on our list of potential backups are likely to see any significant time.
Projected Depth Chart: Elvis Fisher/Travis Ruth/Mitch Morse/Jack Meiners/Justin Britt, Chris Freeman/Evan Boehm/Brad McNulty/Max Copeland/Anthony Gatti