Missouri football starts spring practice

Missouri opened spring football practice Tuesday without several familiar faces.

After winning 12 games, the SEC East and the Cotton Bowl last season, the Tigers are without league Defensive Player of the Year Michael Sam and quarterback James Franklin.

Running back Henry Josey and defensive end Kony Ealy are also gone.

Much of the attention preseason will revolve around sophomore Maty Mauk, whom coach Gary Pinkel hasn't named the starting quarterback but figures to have the upper hand after winning three games and saving another last season in place of an injured Franklin.

The team will scrimmage twice next month before concluding spring camp with its annual Black and Gold Game on April 19.