I would be surprised if Mizzou loses anyone that will upset the fans or coaches. Let's apply some good old fashioned common sense here. There are eight returning players with starting experience among the returning seniors: Wallace-Simms, Durant, Johnson, Garrett, Perkins, Acy, Oliver and McCann. Unless their primary goal is making the College Football Playoffs, why would any of those guys jump ship on the coaches and teammates they've been around for the last several years? (Just one year in Oliver's case, but you get the picture.) And who's to say any of those guys are starters at a legit playoff contender? The schools that we know have contacted Mizzou about the seniors aren't in any better shape for 2019 than Mizzou. Is a guy like Acy just dying to play one year at Auburn so he can play in maybe a slightly better bowl than Mizzou? That doesn't pass the common sense test.
Then you've got the two grad transfers. We already know Kelly Bryant is staying. There's no indication yet that Jonathan Nance wants to leave.
That leaves us with the seniors who are non-starters. Only eight of those guys are scholarship players. Richaud Floyd, who could very well start as a senior, Franklin Agbasimere, Markell Utsey, Justin Smith, Alex Ofodile, Jack Lowary, Jonah Dubinski and Tyrell Jacobs. If MU is going to lose a transfer, I would think someone from this list makes more sense. They're not starting at MU or playing very much at all. They can go somewhere else for one year, hit the reset button and get some playing time as a senior. And if playing time is their objective, guys like this would be better suited at a lesser program, a conference or a team where they'd have a better shot to see the field. If that happens, I don't think anyone at MU is losing much sleep. The other seniors are walk-ons. I don't think you have to worry about Jacob Trump leaving his uncle's program.
Here's the reality: It's not just the senior class MU has to think about here. If the appeals process drags on beyond this football season, it's the current junior class that will then have the chance to transfer without penalty. Then you're talking about guys like Okwuegbunam, Rountree, Holmes, Gillespie, Byers. Those guys would be more attractive than the current seniors.