There’s only 46 days left until the Missouri Tigers kick off their 2016 season at West Virginia, so today we honor number 46 for the Tigers, running back Shaun Conway.
Until a couple weeks ago, it looked like the running back position would be the most concerning one for the Missouri Tigers heading into training camp. They had Ish Witter, who wasn’t exceptionally impressive in 2015, as the undisputed number one back on the depth chart, and no one behind him had ever received a college carry.
That’s all changed within the past month, though. Former Oklahoma back Alex Ross announced his intention to transfer to Mizzou in June, and within the past couple weeks, it’s become apparent that prized JuCo back Nate Strong will finally be academically qualified to enroll at MU this fall.
Those two guys may very well occupy the one and two spots on the Tigers’ running back depth chart, and that’s unfortunate for junior walk-on Shaun Conway, who’s put in a ton of work over the past two years to make himself a serious candidate for playing time. Conway, listed at 5-foot-9 and 180 pounds, is a product of McCluer South-Berkeley high school in St. Louis.
After working his way onto the team as a walk-on before his sophomore year, Conway bulked up in the weight room during 2015 and impressed enough that he earned first and second-team reps during spring practice. With six scholarship running backs on the roster now, only one of whom really seems to have a chance of being redshirted, it seems unlikely that the Tigers would need to turn to a walk-on as a member of their backfield rotation. Then again, Mizzou was asking for all the running back help it could get at times during 2015, so if injuries strike in a major way again, Conway will be a valuable guy to have in the stable.