Missouri releases 2012 spring depth chart

Missouri, which opened spring practice on Tuesday, prepares for a new era now that it's joining the SEC in 2012.

The Tigers have been one of the most consistent programs in the country of late. In fact, they're one of just six schools from BCS automatic qualifier conferences who've won a minimum of eight games in each of the past six seasons (2006-11). The other five programs who are in that exclusive club are LSU, Oklahoma, USC, Virginia Tech and West Virginia.

LSU is the only SEC team in that group, so maintaining that kind of consistency in the SEC will be a daunting task for Missouri.

The Tigers have released their 2012 depth chart entering the spring. One thing of note is that senior Travis Ruth is listed as the starting left guard. He can also play center and started there last season when he was healthy.

Missouri's top tailback, Henry Josey, will miss the entire spring. He suffered a serious knee injury last season and is poised to undergo a second surgical procedure to repair his ACL. Josey expects to play during the 2012 season. But if his recovery hits a snag, he still has three years of eligibility remaining.

Senior Kendial Lawrence is listed No. 1 on the depth chart at tailback. Sophomore Marcus Murphy is also back after missing last season with a shoulder injury.

Senior defensive linemen Brad Madison and Sheldon Richardson will also miss the spring after undergoing shoulder surgeries. Madison started 12 games last season and Richardson two.