Mizzou football loses Cuellar, Abbington as spring practice continues

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.

In other news from MU’s spring camp, offensive lineman Clay Rhodes was not at practice last Thursday and was absent again today. Odom said he’d spoken to Clay on Sunday night and that he was still working on some personal issues but wouldn’t comment further.  With Cuellar’s departure adding immediate concern on the Tigers offensive line depth, it is very possible that MU could look for immediate help for this fall from the junior college ranks.  Not counting Rhodes, only nine scholarship lineman are currently practicing for the Tigers.

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.