2020 Missouri Tigers football
Mizzou Athletics wordmark.svg
ConferenceSoutheastern Conference
DivisionEastern Division
Record5–5 (5–5 SEC)
Head coach
Offensive coordinatorEliah Drinkwitz (1st season)
Defensive coordinatorRyan Walters (3rd season as DC; 6th overall season)
Home stadiumFaurot Field
(Capacity: 62,621)
Seasons
← 2019
2021 →
2020 Southeastern Conference football standings
Conf Overall
Team   W   L     W   L  
East Division
No. 13 Florida x   8 2     8 4  
No. 7 Georgia   7 2     8 2  
Missouri   5 5     5 5  
Kentucky   4 6     5 6  
Tennessee   3 7     3 7  
South Carolina   2 8     2 8  
Vanderbilt   0 9     0 9  
West Division
No. 1 Alabama x$#^   10 0     13 0  
No. 4 Texas A&M   8 1     9 1  
Auburn   6 4     6 5  
LSU*   5 5     5 5  
Ole Miss   4 5     5 5  
Arkansas   3 7     3 7  
Mississippi State   3 7     4 7  
Championship: Alabama 52, Florida 46
  • # – College Football Playoff champion
  • ^ – College Football Playoff participant
  • $ – Conference champion
  • x – Division champion/co-champions
  • * – ineligible for postseason due to self imposed ban
    Note: Due to COVID-19, the SEC played a conference-only schedule.
Rankings from AP Poll.

The 2020 Missouri Tigers football team represented the University of Missouri in the 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football season. The Tigers played their home games at Faurot Field in Columbia, Missouri, and competed in the Eastern Division of the Southeastern Conference (SEC). They were led by first-year head coach Eliah Drinkwitz.

In a season impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic, the Tigers compiled a 5–5 record, all in conference games. The team was set to face Iowa in the Music City Bowl, but had to withdraw due to COVID-19 issues.[1]

Previous season

The Tigers finished the 2019 season 6–6, 3–5 in SEC play to finish in a tie for fourth place in the Eastern Division. Head coach Barry Odom was fired on November 30, 2019 following an overall four-year record of 25–25 and SEC record of 13–19.[2] Eliah Drinkwitz was hired on December 10 following a 12–1 conference championship season at Appalachian State.[3]

Preseason

Award watch lists

Listed in the order that they were released

SEC Media Days

In the preseason media poll, Missouri was predicted to finish in sixth place in the East Division.[4]

Media poll (East Division)
Predicted finish Team Votes (1st place)
1 Florida 624 (53)
2 Georgia 613 (43)
3 Tennessee 434
4 Kentucky 405
5 South Carolina 287
6 Missouri 224
7 Vanderbilt 101

Personnel

Staff

Name Position Seasons at
Missouri
Alma Mater
Eliah Drinkwitz Head Coach 1 Arkansas Tech (2004)
Charlie Harbison Associate Head Coach / Defensive Backs 1 Gardner–Webb (1982)
Ryan Walters Defensive Coordinator / Safeties 6 Colorado (2008)
Erik Link Special Teams Coordinator 1 Drake (2003)
Brick Haley Defensive Line 4 Alabama A&M (1988)
Bush Hamdan Wide Receivers / Quarterbacks 1 Boise State (2008)
Casey Woods Tight Ends / Recruiting Coordinator 1 Tennessee (2006)
David Gibbs Secondary 2 Colorado (1990)
Marcus Johnson Offensive Line 1 Ole Miss (2004)
Curtis Luper Running Backs 1 Stephen F. Austin (1996)
D. J. Smith Linebackers 1 Appalachian State (2010)
Andy Lutz Director of Football Operations 1 Pacific (1991)
Zac Woodfin Director of Athletic Performance 1 UAB (2004)

Roster

2020 Missouri Tigers football team roster
Players Coaches
Offense
Pos. # Name Class
RB 1 Tyler Badie Jr
WR 2 Micah Wilson
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 Sr
QB 3 Shawn Robinson
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 Jr
RB 4 Elijah Young Fr
WR 6 Keke Chism GS
WR 7 Damon Hazelton GS
QB 8 Connor Bazelak
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 Fr
WR 9 Jalen Knox Jr
WR 11 Barrett Banister
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 Jr
QB 12 Brady Cook Fr
WR 13 Javian Hester Fr
WR 14 Dominic Gicinto Jr
WR 15 Kris Abrams-Draine Fr
QB 16 Jack Samsel
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 So
WR 18 Chance Luper Fr
WR 19 Jay Maclin Fr
RB 20 Simi Bakare Jr
WR 26 Jaden Nash Fr
RB 28 Dawson Downing
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 Sr
WR 31 D'Ionte Smith Jr
RB 34 Larry Rountree III Sr
RB 35 Michael Cox Fr
RB 43 Jerney Jones
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 Sr
TE 45 Kibet Chepyator Fr
TE 48 Niko Hea So
OL 50 Hyrin White
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 Jr
OL 51 Zeke Powell Jr
OL 54 Luke Griffin
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 Fr
OL 55 Michael Maietti GS
OL 57 Steven Hardy
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 So
OL 59 Case Cook
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 Jr
OL 61 Richard Taylor
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 So
OL 64 Bobby Lawrence
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 So
OL 65 Trenton Sederwall
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 Fr
OL 69 Drake Heismeyer Fr
OL 70 Dylan Spencer Fr
OL 71 D.J. Bullard
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 Fr
OL 72 Xavier Delgado
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 So
OL 73 Mike Ruth
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 So
OL 75 Mitchell Walters Fr
OL 76 Javon Foster
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 So
OL 79 Larry Borom
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 Jr
TE 80 Messiah Swinson
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 So
TE 81 Shawn Hendershot Fr
TE 82 Daniel Parker, Jr. Jr
WR 86 Tauskie Dove
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 So
WR 87 Cade Musser
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 So
TE 88 Logan Christopherson
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 Jr
TE 89 Brendan Scales
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 Sr
Defense
Pos. # Name Class
LB 0 Tre Williams
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 Sr
S 1 Joshuah Bledsoe Sr
DB 2 Ennis Rakestraw, Jr. Fr
S 3 Martez Manuel So
S 4 Jalani Williams
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 Fr
DL 6 Darius Robinson So
DB 7 Stacy Brown So
DB 8 Jarvis Ware Jr
S 9 Tyree Gillespie Sr
DB 10 Chris Mills
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 So
LB 11 Devin Nicholson So
DB 14 Adam Sparks Sr
LB 15 Johnny Walker. Jr. Fr
LB 16 Gerald Nathan, Jr.
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 So
DB 17 Jaylon Carlies Fr
DL 18 Trajan Jeffcoat
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 So
DB 21 Tyler Jones Fr
DB 24 Ishmael Burdine
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 Fr
LB 25 Jamal Brooks Sr
DB 26 Aidan Harrison So
LB 28 Jatorian Hansford Jr
LB 29 Jamie Pettway
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 Fr
DB 30 Zion Sales
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 Jr
LB 32 Nick Bolton Jr
LB 33 Chad Bailey
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 So
DB 35 Mason Pack
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 Sr
LB 36 Joe Britton
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 Jr
LB 38 Bryson Clayton
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 So
DL 39 Chris Turner Sr
LB 40 Cameron Wilkins Jr
LB 41 Chance May
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 Jr
DB 43 Brandon Gregory, Jr. Fr
DB 45 Daval Torres Fr
DB 46 Justin Efebera Fr
LB 49 Martin, Jr. Sr
DL 52 Myles Eaddy
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 Sr
LB 53 Will Norris Fr
DL 78 Kobie Whiteside Sr
DL 90 Markell Utsey
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 Sr
LB 92 Z'Core Brooks
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 Fr
DL 93 Andrew Serrano Fr
DL 95 Ben Key Jr
DL 96 Cannon York
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 So
DL 97 Akial Byers Sr
DL 98 Keion Willis
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 So
DL 99 Isaiah McGuire So
Special teams
Pos. # Name Class
P 19 Grant McKinniss GS
LS 31 Drew Wise
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 Jr
LS 47 Daniel Hawthorne Fr
LS 49 Jake Hoffman
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 So
PK 90 Sean Koetting
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 Jr
P 91 Josh Dodge
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 So
PK 92 Harrison Mevis Fr
PK 93 Luke Bauer Fr
PK 94 Aaron Rodriguez
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 Fr
PK 98 Logan Brock
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 Fr
Head coach
Coordinators/assistant coaches

Legend
  • (C) Team captain
  • (S) Suspended
  • (I) Ineligible
  • Injured
    Injured
  • Redshirt
    Redshirt

Roster
Last update: October 11, 2020

Schedule

Missouri had games scheduled against BYU, Central Arkansas, Eastern Michigan, and Louisiana, which were all canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[5][6][7]

DateTimeOpponentRankSiteTVResultAttendance
September 266:00 p.m.No. 2 AlabamaESPNL 19–3811,738
October 311:00 a.m.at No. 21 TennesseeSECNL 12–3521,159
October 1011:00 a.m.at No. 17 LSU
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO[a]
SECN Alt.W 45–4110,013
October 243:00 p.m.Kentuckydagger
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO
SECNW 20–1011,738
October 316:30 p.m.at No. 10 FloridaSECN Alt.L 17–4112,049
November 216:30 p.m.at South CarolinaSECN Alt.W 17–1013,603
November 28[b]11:00 a.m.Vanderbilt
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO
SECNW 41–011,053
December 511:00 a.m.Arkansas
SECNW 50–4811,378
December 1211:00 a.m.No. 9 GeorgiaNo. 25
  • Faurot Field
  • Columbia, MO
SECNL 14–4910,830
December 192:30 p.m.at Mississippi StateSECN Alt.L 32–5111,748
^[a] The game between Missouri and LSU was originally scheduled to take place in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. However, in light of Hurricane Delta, the game was moved to Columbia.
^[b] The game between Vanderbilt and Missouri was originally scheduled to take place on October 17. However, due to COVID-19 management requirements in response to positive tests and subsequent quarantine of individuals within the Vanderbilt program, the game was rescheduled for December 12.[8][9] The SEC postponed Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt to facilitate the rescheduling of the Vanderbilt-Missouri game. The shuffling allows for the opportunity for all 14 SEC teams to play 10 regular-season games.[10][11]

Games Summaries

Alabama

See also: 2020 Alabama Crimson Tide football team

Box Score[12]
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Alabama 14 14 7 3 38
Missouri 0 3 3 13 19

Tennessee

See also: 2020 Tennessee Volunteers football team

Box Score[13]
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Missouri 0 6 6 0 12
Tennessee 7 14 7 7 35

LSU

See also: 2020 LSU Tigers football team

Box Score[14]
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
LSU 14 10 17 0 41
Missouri 14 10 14 7 45

Kentucky

See also: 2020 Kentucky Wildcats football team

Box Score
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Kentucky
Missouri

Florida

See also: 2020 Florida Gators football team

Box Score
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Missouri
Florida

South Carolina

See also: 2020 South Carolina Gamecocks football team

Box Score
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Missouri
South Carolina

Vanderbilt

See also: 2020 Vanderbilt Commodores football team

Box Score
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Vanderbilt
Missouri

Arkansas

See also: 2020 Arkansas Razorbacks football team

Box Score
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Arkansas
Missouri

Georgia

See also: 2020 Georgia Bulldogs football team

Box Score
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Georgia
Missouri

Mississippi State

See also: 2020 Mississippi State Bulldogs football team

Box Score
1st 2nd 3rd 4th Final
Missouri
Mississippi State

Rankings

Further information: 2020 NCAA Division I FBS football rankings

Ranking movements
Legend: — = Not ranked. RV = Received votes.
Week
PollPre12345678910111213141516Final
APRVRVRVRV
CoachesRVRVRVRVRVRVRVRVRVRV
CFPNot released25Not released

Players drafted into the NFL

See also: 2021 NFL Draft

Round Pick Player Position NFL Club
2 58 Nick Bolton ILB Kansas City Chiefs
4 143 Tyree Gillespie S Las Vegas Raiders
5 151 Larry Borom OT Chicago Bears
6 188 Joshuah Bledsoe S New England Patriots
6 198 Larry Rountree III RB Los Angeles Chargers

References

  1. ^ Cobb, David (December 27, 2020). "2020 Music City Bowl canceled as COVID-19 outbreak forces Missouri to pull out of game vs. Iowa". CBS Sports. Retrieved December 29, 2020.
  2. ^ "STATEMENT ON THE MIZZOU FOOTBALL PROGRAM". Missouri Athletics. November 30, 2019.
  3. ^ "Eliah Drinkwitz Chosen as Mizzou's Head Football Coach". Missouri Athletics. December 10, 2019.
  4. ^ "Preseason SEC media poll, All-SEC Team announced". SECSports.com. Southeastern Conference. September 23, 2020.
  5. ^ Talty, John (30 July 2020). "SEC moves to conference-only 2020 schedule, pushes back start of season". AL.com. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  6. ^ Dellenger, Ross. "Sources: SEC Adopts Conference-Only Schedule With Sept. 26 Start". Sports Illustrated. Retrieved 30 July 2020.
  7. ^ Dellenger, Ross (7 August 2020). "SEC's New Schedule: Winners, Losers and... Mizzou". si.com. Retrieved 18 August 2020.
  8. ^ Vanderbilt at Missouri Football Game Postponed
  9. ^ "2020 Football Schedule Announced" (Press release). Vanderbilt University Department of Athletics. August 7, 2019. Retrieved January 4, 2020.
  10. ^ "Tennessee vs. Vanderbilt postponed; Commodores to play Missouri". The Tennessean.
  11. ^ "Vanderbilt Football Schedule, Vanderbilt Football Scoreboard and Results - SEC".
  12. ^ "Football vs Alabama on 9/26/2020 - Box Score". University of Missouri Athletics. Retrieved 2022-05-27.
  13. ^ "Football vs Tennessee on 10/3/2020 - Box Score". University of Missouri Athletics. Retrieved 2022-05-27.
  14. ^ "Football vs LSU on 10/10/2020 - Box Score". University of Missouri Athletics. Retrieved 2022-05-27.