Mizzou will be down an offensive lineman heading into the 2017 season, though they’re much better equipped to deal with this issue than they were a year ago.
With the Missouri Tigers beginning spring football practice on Tuesday, the program announced that offensive lineman Darvis Holmes has left the team. Holmes, a 6-foot-5, 340-pounder who would have been entering his redshirt freshman season, spent less than one year in the program and really never even got a chance to contribute.
Holmes, a product of Long County High School in Hinesville, Georgia, was a late addition to the Tigers’ recruiting class, making his commitment in June. He suffered a shoulder injury during fall camp that knocked him out for the entirety of the 2016 season.
In significant contrast to last offseason, when the Tigers had to scour through unsigned high schoolers like Holmes and overlooked junior college players just to field a team, the Tigers have an excess of offensive line depth and shouldn’t be affected too much by Holmes’ loss. They return seven offensive linemen who started games last season–Samson Bailey, Alec Abeln, Adam Ploudre, Jonah Dubinsky, Kevin Pendleton, Tyler Howell, and Paul Adams–as well as three returning backups in Trystan Castillo, Thomas Grossman, and Kyle Mitchell.
They recruited five new linemen as part of their 2017 class, and two of them, Pompey Coleman and Yasir Durant, are already on campus for spring practice. The other three–Larry Borom, Case Cook, and Hyrin Morrison White–will join the team for summer workouts.