Missouri Football: Predicting the Defensive Depth Chart for 2011 Season Opener

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Missouri Football: Predicting the Defensive Depth Chart for 2011 Season Opener
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The Missouri Tigers' defensive depth chart is one of the deepest in the entire Big 12 conference.

Six offensive starters return in 2011, with a trio of new starters in the secondary and some flexibility at the linebacker spots. The Tigers run a 4-3 defense and use a very deep rotation at the defensive line and in nickel packages.

Missouri had one of the best defenses in the nation this past season. Although it is missing almost half of its starters from 2010, many of the new starters played significant snaps in every game and could be more talented than their predecessors.

Here's a look at Missouri's projected defensive depth chart for the season opener against Miami (Ohio).

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