Not only is Missouri losing a football player, but their baseball program is losing one as well.
Thursday night, Marquise Doherty confirmed to Rivals.com that he has decided to transfer out of the Mizzou football program and drop down to an unnamed junior college. The running back told the recruiting website that it “wasn’t any one thing” that led to his decision, although he said moving forward that he will focus on baseball wherever he lands at the JUCO level.
Doherty was a four-star member of the Tigers’ 2015 recruiting class, rated as the No. 4 player at any position in the state of Missouri. In fact, no other player in Mizzou’s class that year was rated higher than Doherty.
After taking a redshirt for his true freshman season, Doherty was expected to play both football and baseball this year. While he played baseball during spring, he did not participate in any of the football practices that were open to the media.
As of right now, Doherty’s departure leaves Mizzou with just three scholarship running backs. However, Oklahoma graduate transfer Alex Ross will be joining the Tigers in short order, as will four-star 2016 signee Damarea Crockett.