Of the SEC’s two new members, it’s generally believed that Missouri could compete for a divisional title sooner than Texas A&M (likewise, the over/under on Aggie players admitted to intensive care by the end of the season is currently at 15.5. Don’t ask where the .5 came from.). While that still holds true so long as James Franklin is taking snaps at quarterback, the depth behind Franklin is cause for some concern.
Initially tweeted and later confirmed by Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune, reserve QB Ashton Glaser has decided to depart from the program.
MIZZOU has been amazing and I’ll never forget it but for now I need to do what’s best for me.
— Ashton Glaser (@AshtonGlaser16) July 9, 2012
Glaser told the Tribune that he plans to transfer to 1-AA program Missouri State, so he will not have to sit out a year to satisfy NCAA transfer rules. A redshirt junior, Glaser will have two years of eligibility remaining.
Barring a catastrophic string of injuries to Mizzou’s string of QBs — Franklin is already recovering from a shoulder injury he sustained during spring practice and is tentatively scheduled to return by the beginning of the season — Glaser likely wasn’t going to see the field this season. Fellow backup Corbin Berkstresser took practically all the snaps for Mizzou this spring with Franklin out, but he was arrested in May for leaving the scene of an accident. He was reinstated to the team in early June.
Glaser, pictured left, also had his own bit of legal trouble to deal with this offseason. He was arrested on traffic warrants stemming from an unpaid speeding ticket back in March.
Replacing Glaser on the depth chart will be incoming freshman Maty Mauk, a three-star recruit according to Rivals.com.