Mizzou starting CB Jarvis Ware out for Tennessee game

Eric Blum
Columbia Daily Tribune
Missouri defensive back Jarvis Ware grimaces on the field after an injury during a game against Alabama last Saturday at Faurot Field.

Missouri will be without starting cornerback Jarvis Ware for Saturday’s game against Tennessee with a knee injury, the team confirmed before kickoff.

Ware, a junior, was injured in the first quarter against Alabama last weekend and didn’t play the rest of the game.

Senior Adam Sparks started Saturday against the Volunteers in Ware’s place.

Ware is also listed as the Tigers’ third option at punt returner.

Freshman Ennis Rakestraw holds the other first-team cornerback spot.

The rest of the Missouri secondary is experienced with the trio of Joshuah Bledsoe, Tyree Gillespie and Martez Manuel at safety.

Ware started last season opposite DeMarkus Acy in 2019 and notched 33 tackles and four pass break-ups during his true sophomore campaign. He played in 11 games with 10 starts, only missing the win over West Virginia.

Ware posted a career-high nine tackles against Georgia last season.

As a freshman, Ware saw action in 10 games, but didn’t start with a veteran secondary that included Acy and Cam Hilton in front of him.


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