For weeks it was the No. 1 on-field question surrounding Missouri football: Who would be the starting quarterback against No. 2 Alabama?


The answer is TCU transfer Shawn Robinson.


Tigers head coach Eli Drinkwitz proclaimed on Aug. 18 that he wouldn’t name a starting signal caller before his team’s opening game. Drinkwitz held out as long as he possibly could, making good on his vow to not reveal his starter in public until the first snap of Missouri’s 10-game, Southeastern Conference-only schedule.


As the Missouri offense took the field for the first time Saturday night in front of a limited crowd of 11,738 at Faurot Field, Robinson joined the first-team offense for a three-and-out against the Crimson Tide on his first drive with the Tigers.


The 6-foot-2, 220-pound Robinson is the only Tiger player who had previously been named a starting quarterback before a college season opener. Coach Gary Patterson named Robinson the Horned Frogs’ starter going into the 2018 season.


Robinson started seven games for TCU that season, throwing for 1,334 yards and nine touchdowns on 61% passing before missing the final five games with an injury.


Robinson transferred from TCU to Missouri after that season. He was forced to sit out the 2019 campaign due to NCAA rules.


Robinson, a redshirt junior, enters the 2020 season under his sixth head coach in eight years, dating back to his freshman year of high school.


Drinkwitz’s quarterback choices entering fall camp included four scholarship players. Redshirt junior Taylor Powell left the team earlier this month and announced his intentions to transfer from Missouri.


Only Robinson and redshirt freshman Connor Bazelak were listed on the depth chart at quarterback Tuesday, placing true freshman Brady Cook as the third-stringer.


Bazelak played two series Saturday, while the rest went to Robinson.