Mizzou football has announced its six captains for the 2023 season, signifying another step towards the upcoming season’s start, which is just two weeks away. The Tigers have designated quarterback Brady Cook, running back Cody Schrader, left tackle Javon Foster, defensive end Darius Robinson, and linebackers Chad Bailey and Ty’Ron Hopper as this year’s captains.
Brady Cook, Javon Foster, Chad Bailey, and Darius Robinson had previously sported the captain’s “C” on their chests in the previous season. These players will continue to be leaders for the team as they strive to achieve their first winning season since 2018.
Quarterback Brady Cook, a junior, is competing for the starting position and has exhibited his leadership both during preseason and the previous season. Coach Eli Drinkwitz has highlighted Cook’s leadership qualities in recent weeks.
Javon Foster, in his sixth year with Mizzou, has been a mainstay at the left tackle position for the past two seasons. He has provided valuable guidance as a veteran presence on the offensive line.
Chad Bailey, also in his sixth year, has emerged as a defensive voice in recent seasons. Starting in 11 games last season, Bailey contributed significantly to the improvement of the Tigers’ defense under coordinator Blake Baker.
Darius Robinson, in his fifth year with MU, has not only been a leader within the team but has also been active in the community, organizing events such as a back-to-school drive for local students.
Cody Schrader, who progressed from a walk-on running back to a starter, has earned recognition for his work ethic and determination. These attributes will contribute to his role as a leader in the locker room.
Ty’Ron Hopper, who joined Mizzou as a transfer from Florida, made an immediate impact on the team’s defense in his first season. His lead-by-example approach is expected to benefit the defense.
Coach Drinkwitz, who had named three captains in each of his first two seasons, has now named six and eight captains, respectively, in the last two seasons. The current group of captains includes three players from both the offensive and defensive sides of the ball, all of whom were starters in the previous season.