The Mizzou volleyball program will host the Tiger Invitational all weekend long at the Hearnes Center. On Friday, the Tigers will meet Western Athletic Conference foe Nevada at Hearnes at 6:30 p.m. MUTigers.com will be there all weekend long to document the action, starting with Friday's match. Click below for the link to the live blog.
The Missouri Tiger football team finished preparations for its final fall scrimmage tomorrow morning with a Wednesday afternoon practice in shoulder pads and shorts on the Kadlec Athletic Fields in Columbia. The Tigers worked out for just over two hours with minimal contact in order to keep people fresh for the scrimmage, which Coach Gary Pinkel said would be much shorter than the previous two held this fall.
Coach Pinkel said that starters wouldn't see the field much on Thursday.
"We might play them (starters) six or eight plays, maybe 10 or 15 plays," he said. "What the format is, pretty much we'll have one full quarter like a normal game, then we'll make sure we get enough reps from each group and then we'll add plays at the end if we need to. We're going to cover a lot of our kicking game too," he said.
Junior TE and accomplished long snapper Beau Brinkley missed practice Wednesday after he suffered a sprained left shoulder late in Tuesday's practice when he dove for a ball and was landed on by a defender. Brinkley's time table for a return isn't currently know, but Coach Pinkel wasn't ruling anything out at this time.
"He's got a sprained shoulder, they'll take care of him, our trainers and we'll just see what happens," Pinkel said. "Hopefully we can get him back. Jared Perry had the same thing and played an entire season with it, didn't miss a game so we'll see what happens, but Beau's a pretty tough guy," he said.
With Brinkley unable to go, sophomore DE Brad Madison takes over primary snapping duties for the team.
Stay tuned to www.mutigers.com for a recap and stats of Thursday's scrimmage.
Lindsay Petersen, Mizzou Media Relations Student Assistant
The Missouri Tigers held their first practice since school started on the Kadlec Athletic Fields Tuesday afternoon. It was a pleasant afternoon with temperatures in the lower 80's and a refreshing breeze which added to the energy on the field.
After two days free from practice, the Tigers definitely looked fresh, and the energy and enthusiasm was evident from the start. It was a highly-competitive practice that went down to the wire, and it was the defense which claimed the overall win. Tuesday represented the final day of camp competition, and with the score tied coming into today, the defense claimed the camp championship, with each defender getting specially-made T-shirts from Director of Equipment Operations Don Barnes right after practice to celebrate their win.
"Great competition today," said Head Coach Gary Pinkel to mutigers.com. "We talk about competing every single down, the only way that happens in games is if you do it every single day in practice. You can't just turn it on when the stands fill up, you have to bring it every single day, and that's part of the learning process for a team," he said.
Perhaps the biggest news of the day came after practice when Coach Pinkel indicated that WR Jerrell Jackson is back on the board as possible for playing in the season opener against Illinois on Sept. 4th. Jackson was originally expected to miss the Illinois game, and possible one or two others, after breaking a bone in his left wrist early in camp. Coach Pinkel said that nothing is settled just yet, but the fact that Jackson was able to run some pass routes Tuesday and catch the ball is a good start.
Coach said that nothing is being ruled out. "We'll see," he said. "We'll find out. It's encouraging though. It's certainly a question mark now, this was news to us yesterday. It's a possibility," he added.
When the Tigers moved on to 7 on 7, the defense took an early lead as S Matt White knocked B. Gabbert out of bounds on a fake hand off to TB Derrick Washington keeping the offense from gaining any points. TB Marcus Murphy was able to run the ball a few yards for the offense before being stopped by S Kenronte Walker. The defense continued to dominate until D. Washington was able to carry the ball for a 10 yard gain and points for the offense. WR Rolandis Woodland had an amazing leap and dive catch that he caught from B. Gabbert while being heavily covered. In the final drill of the period the offense and defense were tied up 8-8, but it ended with the defense winning as they held back D. Washington on a carry.
The offensive and defensive lineman went on to practice 1 on 1 drills. OL Tim Barnes had a great block against DL Terrell Resonno as he brought him to the ground. DL Aldon Smith had a good practice when he went around OL Elvis Fisher to get the QB dummy. A. Smith has been very successful during two-a-days practices on 1 on 1. The offense ended up being successful as OL Austin Wuebbles overpowered DL Dominique Hamilton to give the offense the point and win.
During 7 on 7, R. Woodland made a catch from B. Gabbert for a 5 yard gain as he headed into the sidelines. B. Gabbert then made a pass to WR T.J. Moe who grabbed the ball but was immediately tackled by LB Zaviar Gooden. QB James Franklin also had a great pass that went long to WR Bud Sasser with an instant tackle by K. Walker. Franklin then threw a touchdown pass to Sasser which helped the offense stay in the game. Next, QB Jimmy Costello threw a pass intended for WR Jaleel Clark, but instead DB Trey Hobson intercepted in the endzone on a play where the athletic Hobson made a nice read and he leaped high to haul it in. B. Gabbert came back into the game and threow a touchdown pass to WR Wes Kemp, and then another amazing touchdown pass to TE Michael Egnew who had a great catch while being highly covered. TB Marcus Murphy had a great catch when he caught a low pass by J. Costello that nearly touched the ground. The defense continues to block the offense from scoring any more points as DB Carl Gettis makes great coverage against WR L'Damian Washington. The defense wins this set 42-40.
After a few more individual drills, the Tigers move on to 11 on 11. During the first round, a pass over the middle was nearly an interception to LB Jeff Gettys. QB Ashton Glaser made some points back for the offense when he ran a few yards to avoid defensive pressure and threw to R. Woodland for a 10 yard gain. LB Will Ebner made a good tackle on Sasser to keep him from completing a pass and on J. Clark even after returning from injury. LB Luke Lambert made a great tackle on D. Washington as he knocked him down from the side and freed the ball. K. Lawrence tried to keep the offense afloat with a long touchdown run of over 50 yards near the end, but the defense won the first round of 11 on 11.
During the second round of 11 on 11 the offense started out good as B. Gabbert made a several yard gain on a run. Next, R. Woodland made a flying jump and caught the ball for a touchdown with heavy coverage in the endzone. The defense dug in though, as D. Hamilton pressured Franklin to the sidelines, and pressured QB Tyler Gabbert to overthrow. On the last play of the period, with the score at 7-6 in favor of the defense, B. Gabbert threw on the run as he was avoiding pressure, and the ball went into the awaiting arms of Carl Gettis for the defensive win.
On the final 11 on 11 drill, R. Woodland helped the offense get a head start when he made a fantastic catch for 15 yards. A. Glaser then threw the ball to Sasser for a 10 yard gain with J. Gettys and K. Walker on the coverage. The offense continued to stay ahead as B. Gabbert completed several passes and hand offs to WR Gahn McGaffie, M. Egnew, and L. Washington for the win on offense.
The Tigers will hold another practice Wednesday afternoon, which will be the final rehearsal for the last scrimmage of camp, set for Thursday at 3:30 p.m. Check back at mutigers.com tomorrow for more practice updates.
With just two weeks until the 2010 season opener against Illinois, the Missouri Tigers held a practice at Faurot Field Saturday morning that lasted a little over two hours. Head Coach Gary Pinkel lightened it up a little bit, as the team practiced in shorts and shoulder pads, meaning there was no live tackling, only upper-body thudding allowed.
Pinkel stressed to the team after practice that while Saturday's work was shorter, it is time for everyone to feel the urgency as the opener quickly approaches.
"We just put shoulder pads on," Pinkel said. "We back off a little bit, but it's hard for our guys to back off because everything is so competitive, so when we're in shoulder pads, there's really not competition from a point standpoint. I thought it was a good practice overall. Last year we went to shoulder pads, the three previous years we just went shells, we just felt we wanted to lean on the physical side of continuing to prepare. It's 14 days 'til kickoff, so that's the message to everybody," Pinkel said.
With two consecutive days free from practice coming up, several injured Tigers were given the day off, to help them get further rested, with hopes of returning to the field for next Tuesday's practice. Sitting out today included LB Will Ebner (hamstring), OL Dan Hoch (toe), TB De'Vion Moore (ankle), CB Kevin Rutland (back), LB Adam Burton (knee), WR Kerwin Stricker (groin) and WR Jimmie Hunt (ankle).
Here were a few highlights of today's 11-on-11 scrimmaging...
TB Derrick Washington had a couple of nice gainers on sweeps around the edge against the #1 defense. DT Brendan Donaldson, subbing for Terrell Resonno on one play, got into the backfield for a touch sack of QB Blaine Gabbert. On the next play, Gabbert connected with WR L'Damian Washington on a well-timed out, but then CB Carl Gettis continued his solid play in camp by blanketing WR Wes Kemp downfield and batting a pass away that was on the money from Gabbert, who had to throw on the run after being flushed from the pocket by pressure from the defensive line. Later on, Gettis picked Gabbert off down the sideline as there appeared to be miscommunication between Gabbert and TE Michael Egnew on the route. Egnew broke it inside while Gabbert threw to the outside, and Gettis was there to snag the ball easily. Next up, senior LB and co-captain Luke Lambert broke free for a touch sack...
QB Ashton Glaser took some snaps with the #2 offense Saturday and hit WR Rolandis Woodland on a nice slant that Woodland took for close to 20 yards before being ruled down. When the threes took the field, defensive line mates Brayden Burnett and Marvin Foster combined for a sack and forced fumble in the backfield...
The day closed with work on the two-minute drill, and the defense got stops all three times. When the #1 offense went up against the #2 defense, Gabbert moved the team downfield nicely, but eventually was picked off by freshman CB E.J. Gaines as he was on the run avoiding pocket pressure. Next up, the #1 defense stymied the #2 offense, holding them to four downs and out. Last, the #3 defense stopped the #3 offense as LB Jeff Gettys picked off QB Ashton Glaser over the middle to bring an end to the day...
Mizzou will be off both Sunday and Monday, with the latter marking the first day of fall classes at Mizzou. The Tigers will return to the field Tuesday afternoon, as they prepare for the final scrimmage of fall camp, which is set for Thursday afternoon.
Stay tuned to www.mutigers.com for continuing coverage of Tiger camp!
The Mizzou volleyball team opens its 2010 season on Friday with the annual Black & Gold scrimmage. MUTigers.com will be there to document the action in the first of a series of live blogs that will be available all season long!
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Lindsay Petersen, Mizzou Athletic Media Relations
Today's practice took place indoors at the Dan Devine Pavilion, due to a storm that rolled through mid-Missouri Friday morning. It was another good practice for the Tigers as the competition got tough between the defense and offense. In the end, the score was tied, and coaches ordered a three-play overtime session between the #1 offense and #1 defense to determine the winning side for the day. The defense claimed wins on all three plays, to take the day, and tie up the daily competition at five wins aside.
"It was a pretty competitive practice, I love practices like that," Pinkel said. "When the practice was over, we were tied for the black shirts, so what we did was like a little three-play playoff, with the one offense and one defense, and the one defense won, so defense won today, and you get better as a football team when you compete like that. I always tell my players that if you get a lockerroom full of competitors, regardless of their ability level or not, they can do a lot of damage, so we're excited about that," he said.
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- Corerback Carl Gettis
By Lindsay Petersen, Media Relations Student Assistant
On another unusually cool August morning, with temperatures near 70 degrees, the Tigers set out for another practice Wednesday on Faurot Field. This practice was another positive one for the Tigers, especially for the offense because they were able to win back the black jerseys after the defense wore them for two days. The result evened the count during fall camp to four wins apiece for the offense and defense.
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Contributing writer, Lindsay Petersen
The Missouri Tigers hit Faurot Field for a two-and-a-half hour practice Tuesday morning, under unseasonably cool and overcast skies in Columbia. With temperatures hovering in the 70s, the Tigers got after it in a very competitive practice that came down to the wire, with the defense winning the final two periods to claim a win for the second straight day. That marked the first time in camp that a side has won consecutive days, and it moved the score to 4-3 overall in favor of the defense.