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Starting Tiger WR off the team

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The bad news keeps coming for the Missouri football team. PowerMizzou.com has learned through multiple sources that starting wide receiver Dimetrios Mason is no longer a member of the program.

Mason has 13 catches for 119 yards, one rushing attempt for 19 yards and has been Missouri's primary kickoff return man so far this season. It is unclear exactly when Mason's departure occurred, but he played in the Tigers' last game against Auburn, making two catches for 19 yards and returning one kickoff.

Mason was nearly a complete unknown on the recruiting scene. He had committed to play for South Alabama, but Tiger secondary coach Ryan Walters extended a late offer the night before National Signing Day 2016.

"I feel like I can be successful anywhere I go," Mason said at the time. "I feel like God has me here for a reason and God brought me the offer at the last minute for a reason, too.

"God has a plan for me, and I can't say what's going to happen to me when I go there, but I'm going to work as hard as I can."

He made an immediate impact as a freshman, skipping a redshirt and working his way into the starting lineup. He played in all 12 games and caught 47 passes for 587 yards and seven touchdowns.

Sources have indicated the door is not open for Mason to return to the program. His departure leaves Missouri with just seven scholarship wide receivers. Junior Emanuel Hall is Mason's backup and seems likely to slide into the starting lineup. Redshirt junior Nate Brown also figures to see increased playing time.