To say Missouri’s kickers struggled on Saturday would be an understatement. And now, the Tigers aren’t publicly revealing who their kicker will be. for this Saturday’s game against Tennessee
On this week’s depth chart, the Tigers did not list a kicker. Against Vanderbilt, the Tigers used to separate kickers in Tucker McCann and Ben Tesson.
— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) November 14, 2016
Left out of that screen shot of the depth chart was kicker. Missouri doesn't list the position. Job seems to be wide open this week.
— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) November 14, 2016
The reason for the Tigers having to use two kickers was because of McCann’s struggles. The freshman kicker missed two extra points in the first half, a 55-yard field goal and a 21-yard field goal. Things got so bad for McCan that his own fans booed him before he missed the 21-yarder. The missed kicks helped keep the game close, as Vanderbilt only trailed 19-17 at the end of the third quarter.
After the Tigers scored a touchdown in the fourth, head coach Barry Odom turned Tesson. The walk-on connected on his extra point. Afterwards, Missouri quarterback Drew Lock said he wasn’t too sure who Tesson was.
In spite of the kicking issues, the Tigers did pick up their first SEC win of the season and snapped a five-game losing streak. The win was also the first SEC win for Barry Odom as a head coach.
Missouri takes on Tennessee this Saturday and kickoff is set for 3:30 p.m. ET. The game will be broadcast on CBS.