Missouri football recruit Kelly Bryant joins the Tigers

Clemson graduate transfer Kelly Bryant joins the Tigers on the field for pregame warmups before an Oct. 27 game against Kentucky at Memorial Stadium. On April 13 this year, Bryant, who announced his decision to transfer to Missouri in December, will be in uniform for the Tigers at the 2019 spring game.

The Missouri Tiger football team has set the date for its inaugural appearance in preparation for the 2019 season.

The Missouri football Twitter account confirmed Wednesday that the annual Spring football game will be played at 3 p.m. on April 13 at Memorial Stadium.

Although the regular season is still another 233 days away, the Tigers will pad up and show off the latest version of the team for fans less than three months from now.

With this latest version comes the highly anticipated Missouri debut of quarterback Kelly Bryant, who led Clemson to the college football playoffs after the 2017 season but lost his starting job there to highly-touted freshman Trevor Lawrence at the beginning of the 2018 season.

After announcing his transfer from Clemson to Missouri in early December, Bryant is expected to be Missouri's first starting quarterback not named Drew Lock since the 2015 season.

Bryant will take over an offense in Columbia that features a comfortable number of returning starters, including running back Larry Rountree III and tight end Albert Okwuegbunam.

The Spring game will give Tiger fans their first look at Bryant and the rest of a team that has been ranked in several early Top 25s, the highest being No. 18 by Yahoo! Sports.

Though April's game will still be a way-too-early look at how the Tigers will fare in 2019, it will give fans the opportunity to speculate on the kind of season Missouri might have following back-to-back seasons with bowl game losses.

  • Reporter, Fall 2017 & Winter 2018. Sports Editor, Spring 2018. Studying print + digital journalism. Reach me at djs3c7@mail.missouri.edu, or in the newsroom at 882-5720.

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