Former Clemson QB Bryant, ex-Arkansas WR Nance transferring to Missouri

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The Missouri Tigers gained two major transfers Tuesday. Both should immediately contribute in key roles on offense for ’19.

The most coveted grad transfer available, former Clemson quarterback Kelly Bryant, decided that Missouri would be his next college football home. It came down to Mizzou and Auburn with North Carolina, Arkansas and Mississippi State as other considerations.

Bryant was a candidate for major awards earlier this season prior to his benching at Clemson and eventual transfer. He completed nearly 67 percent of his tosses for 461 yards, two touchdowns and an interception during his brief playing time in ’18.

Arkansas was considered due to his relationship with current Hogs head coach Chad Morris, who recruited Bryant at Clemson. Bryant liked the offense at Auburn and had a good visit this past weekend. He also stopped by Mississippi State Nov. 17th.

What Mizzou head coach Barry Odom did with senior signal caller Drew Lock this past season really caught Bryant’s eye. Lock set an SEC single-season record with 44 touchdown passes. The 8-4 Tigers got an October visit from Bryant. Also, offensive coordinator Derek Dooley has run an offense that suits Bryant’s style.

More good news arrived in the Show Me state today when Arkansas’ 2017 leading receiver, Jonathan Nance, announced that he will spend his final season at Missouri. He, like Bryant, is immediately eligible. Nance paced the Razorbacks in 2017 with 37 catches for 539 yards and five touchdowns.

In 2019, Missouri returns RB’s Damarea Crockett and Larry Roundtree, as well as receivers Kam Scott, Jalen Knox and perhaps Albert Okwuegbunam, who will be making a decision shortly whether to return to Columbia or head to the NFL.

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