Mizzou Football Practice Report - Day Two
"I thought we picked the intensity up from yesterday which was good," head coach Gary Pinkel told reporters after practice. "The reason we count down days until our opening game is so we don't waste a day. I thought today was good. They worked hard and had some tough conditioning at the end, which was tough on them all, but overall I thought they did a nice job
The running backs and wide outs worked with each of the quarterbacks on catching out patterns and short fade routes in the end zone. Senior tailback Derrick Washington made one of the best catches on a quick slant route from Blaine Gabbert that drew the attention of all of his teammates. Several wide outs made acrobatic grabs in the corner of the endzone as well, highlighted by a grab from Brandon Gerau that sent him nearly into the baseball facility. The quarterbacks looked sharp and delivered plenty of good passes to their favorite targets. Gabbert was on the money all morning as he connected with his targets on almost every pattern.
The wideouts and tailbacks also shouted their new catchphrase during the pass-and-catch drills. Washington shouted "get money" after each of his catches, sparking a response from his teammates. Wide receiver Jerrell Jackson also caught on and soon each of the Tigers followed suit after their catches.
The tailbacks also took reps with the offensive line as they practiced blocking schemes and communication between the backs and the lineman. Washington along with Kendial Lawrence and other backs took handoffs and worked on developing chemistry with the linemen, something that Washington said would be a key to his success during the season during a post-practice interview.
The offensive line worked on the sled with assistant coach Bruce Walker. The first team looked very poised all morning and looked to be working cohesively as a unit already. Senior Tim Barnes - who was just named as one of the team's four captains yesterday - served as a vocal leader during the drills, urging on the younger Tigers while anchoring a veteran bunch on the first team.
The defensive and offensive lines battled each other on the east practice field while the skill units continued the drills on the west practice field. Defensive end Aldon Smith shined during the first hour of practice coming from the right end spot during the drill. He continued to use his quickness to sack the blue dummy, which served as the opposing quarterback on Friday. He continued to be a menace to the offensive linemen throughout the drill. But Barnes, just off of his sled drill, also shined in the one-on-one battles as he shut down nearly every opposing lineman, including a long battle with defensive tackle Terrell Resono that drew plenty of cheers from his linemates.
The secondary and special teams units also got plenty of reps in on Friday as they prepare for the season. After group workouts and drills, the teams combined on the west field to start some small 11-on-11 and seven-on-seven drills. Gabbert once again shined, leading the first string offense down the field. But the defense came up big and forced a fumble as it looked apparent that the Tigers are going to try and force turnovers this season. Jimmy Costello and James Franklin looked sharp as well during the drills as they led their units down the field.
The Tigers concluded practice with some tough conditioning, including laps around the fields and push-ups and sit-ups. Afterwards, cold tubs and cool downs were the theme and several Tigers passed the time by serenading their teammates to some old Mo-Town tunes, along with some R. Kelly.
The Tigers will be back to practice this afternoon and will focus more on individual assignments and specific play strategies.
MUTigers.com caught up with Washington after Friday morning's practice to talk with the senior about his expectations for his senior season and even his new catch phrase: "get money!" Click here to watch the video or the link at the top of the page. Also, click here for Gary Pinkel's post-practice comments.
MUTigers.com will be back with a complete practice recap on Monday (August 9). Be sure to check MUTigers.com all summer long for practice updates and all the latest on Mizzou football.