As if a 1-3 start for the downward-trending Tigers seemingly couldn’t get worse, it was verified on Saturday by multiple sources that wide receiver Dimetrios Mason was officially no longer a member of the Missouri football program.
This came as a surprise, with the starting sophomore’s specific reasons for being cut from the roster still unknown. What sources have been able to confirm is it was a case of disciplinary reasons to Mason’s departure.
This unfortunate hit to coach Barry Odom’s depth chart was an unneeded and unexpected hit to his already struggling offense.
The Tigers, coming off a much-needed bye-week to get the wheels turning after a rough four-game homestand to begin the season will need to work around this unexpected obstacle. With the loss of Odom’s second-best wide receiver, the Tigers will look to juniors Emanuel Hall and Nate Brown to step up for the following 8 games left in the season.
Mason has 13 receptions this season for 119 yards. That may not seem like too much, but with how Drew Lock has been running his offense and playing it safe by running the ground game more often than he should, it makes sense. Lock has had a 52.6 percent passing rate this season, partially due to his lack of passing since the season opener, as well as poor play calling from his offensive coordinator. Missouri seems to expect too much out of the decent but predictably overused running back Damarea Crockett.
Missouri’s next game at Kentucky is a must-win game to see if Odom’s Tigers still have any sense of hope of turning around for a respectable record to end the rough 2017 season. Kentucky has been struggling. If Mizzou’s offense can kick it into gear after the bye-week, this should hopefully be the end to the Tigers slump.