COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) — Well before game day, Missouri punter Trey Barrow is getting plenty of competition.
After an inconsistent performance at No. 6 South Carolina, Barrow needs to beat out Christian Brinser for the starting nod Saturday at Central Florida.
Barrow averaged 46.7 yards on seven punts against the Gamecocks, but with a net of only 28.7 yards. He shanked his first effort, a 35-yarder, and several others had short hang times.
South Carolina's average starting position after Missouri punts was its 45, and three possessions began in Missouri territory.
Barrow, a senior, ranked ninth in the nation with a school-record 44.8-yard average last year. This year his net punting average is 33.5 yards, 103rd best in the nation.