One of Missouri;s biggest problems this season has been the inconsistency of its kicking game, including freshman Tucker McCann. 

Of all the things which have gone wrong for the Missouri Tigers this season, at least one was totally unexpected – what has happened to the team’s kicking game.

The situation has reached the point where coach Barry Odom intentionally did not list the position on the team’s depth chart for Saturday’s game at Tennessee.

Kickoff is at 2:30, and the game will be televised by CBS.

Odom said he intended to have an open competition for the kicking duties during practice this week, not knowing who he will use for field goal and extra point attempts against the Volunteers.

The Tigers knew they would have to replace kicker Andrew Baggett this season, and thought they had a qualified successor in freshman Tucker McCann, who was rated as one of the top kicking recruits in the country coming out of high school.

McCann has been inconsistent at best, however, reaching the point last week where Odom used a freshman walk-on to kick an extra point and wasn’t even sure after the game who had made the kick. It was Ben Tesson, one of six kickers on the roster, a transfer student who kicked for two years at Drake.

McCann has made only five of 11 field-goal attempts and has missed four of 35 extra-point attempts, including two last week. He also missed field goal attempts of 21 and 55 yards.

As a team the Tigers have missed their last five field-goal attempts and are just five of 12 for the season. Their 41.7 percent success rate ranks 126th out of the 128 FBS teams in the country.

The missed kicks did not cost the Tigers the win over Vanderbilt, which broke a five-game losing streak and snapped an 11-game losing streak against SEC opponents. Overall it was their third win in 10 games this season.

Odom knows they might not be as lucky against the Volunteers in Knoxville if the kicking woes continue.

“I was as surprised as anybody when we missed two extra points,” Odom said. “For us, that’ll cost you a game. We fortunately made enough plays that it didn’t the other night.”

Odom has called on Turner Adams, a junior, to replace McCann on several occasions this year. Adams is 1 for 1 on field-goal attempts and is 5-of-6 on extra points. The combined five missed extra points are the most in the country.

“We have to find what’s the problem and somehow, some way we have to find a way to kick an extra point,” Odom said. “That has to be automatic for us. We can’t leave points out there moving forward and have a chance to win.”

The missed field goals have contributed to Missouri turning only31 of 43 possessions in the red zone into points so far this season. By comparison, Saturday’s opponent, Tennessee, has gotten points out of 34 of 37 red zone possessions.

The Tigers are 0-4 on the road this season and have lost their last seven SEC road games over the past two seasons. Their last conference win outside of Columbia came at Tennessee on Nov. 22, 2014.