COLUMBIA, MO. • When Missouri’s football team holds its first preseason practice Tuesday, an offensive unit loaded with experience, talent and, at certain positions, quality depth will take the field.
The wide receivers have all that and more.
Led by senior J’Mon Moore, the only returning 1,000-yard receiver in the Southeastern Conference, the Tigers feature returning starters at all three receiver positions, four wideouts who have logged 10 career 100-yard games and seven receivers and tight ends who caught at least one touchdown pass last fall — plus a former starter who was sidelined all of last season.
With that much firepower on the roster, the Tigers open camp with their top playmakers clearly identified. Now it’s time they play to their potential.
Moore and Dimetrios Mason gave quarterback Drew Lock two explosive threats on the outside last year, while Johnathon Johnson emerged as the team’s top target from the slot.
Moore led the team in catches (62), receiving yards (1,012) and touchdown receptions (eight).
Mason became a strong second option as a true freshman, with 47 catches for 587 yards and three scores. Johnson, one of the league’s elite return specialists, pitched in with 24 catches for 435 yards and two scores, leading the cast of regular receivers with 18.1 yards per reception.
But the threesome was far from flawless. Dropped passes were a consistent problem, with Moore accounting for 18. The three combined for 11 fumbles.
The Tigers led the SEC in yards per game (500.5) but left countless more on the field.
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