Missouri football coach Barry Odom, verifying multiple reports from across the state on Tuesday morning, verified the information that offensive lineman Malik Cuellar and running back Chase Abbington have left the team. Odom says both young men decided to “quit football”. The decisions leave the Tigers dangerously thin at both positions, with only three running backs (Ish Witter, Trevon Walters, and Ryan Williams) practicing this spring. Potential running back Marquise Doherty was been practicing with Mizzou’s baseball team.
Walter Brady and Harold Brantley were both absent from practice on Tuesday. Neither absence is considered to be concerning, as Coach Odom explained that there had been a birth in Brady’s family that he needed to attend, while Brantley was working on some academic projects.