Offense Evens The Score, Wins Black Jerseys Tuesday A.M.

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Morning Practice Report from 8/10/10

 

Mizzou Practice Video

- Summer Workout Series: Blaine and Tyler Gabbert

 

On brutally hot and humid morning in Columbia, the Mizzou football team got after it again in a long and grueling practice conducted in full pads on the Kadlec Athletic Fields.  A day after the defense claimed the black jerseys for winning practice, the Tiger offense came out determined to get even.  They did just that, as the offense won most of the battles on Tuesday and claimed an overall win, giving them the black jerseys for tomorrow.

 

The heat was downright oppressive, with the heat index well over 100 degrees, but the team gutted through to put together a solid effort.  It might not have been as crisp from start to finish as Coach Gary Pinkel would have liked, but it wasn't hard to understand why.

 

"It was okay overall, we had to battle the heat today," said Pinkel.  "Okay isn't good enough, but heat does that, heat puts a lot of demand on one's focus.  Can you battle through and can you stay sharply focused through heat and any type of adversity?  The only way you can do it is to put yourself in that environment and do it, that's the only way you get through it.  The next time you're a little bit better, the next time you're better and better.  We're a fairly young team, we have a lot of young kids on our team, but we'll keep battling," he said.

 

Junior LB Will Ebner did not practice Tuesday morning as he continues to rest a strained hamstring, but Pinkel told reporters assembled at practice Tuesday that he hoped to get him back soon.  A pair of starting defenders from a year ago - LB Luke Lambert and SS Jarrell Harrison - both left practice late in the day with knee injuries that Coach Pinkel described as "tweaked."  The initial thought is that they wouldn't be serious setbacks, but the exact diagnosis won't be known until later today...

 

Former standout OL Kurtis Gregory was on hand Tuesday, after he was released Sunday by the NFL's Carolina Panthers.  Gregory was in good spirits and stuck around to get a workout in following practice so that he could stay in shape for other playing opportunities that he hopes will come his way.  He said he had a great experience playing in the Panthers' camp and hopes to get another shot soon with another team...

 

Onto highlights from today's morning practice...

 

Early in the day during 7-on-7 work, S Kenronte Walker made a nice read and break on a ball over the middle for an interception that he would have run a long way with had the whistles not blown him down.  QB Ashton Glaser got a play back for the offense when he had a real nice hook-up with WR Gahn McGaffie on a sit-down route down the left sideline that went for about 20 yards...

 

Wanted to make special mention of junior CB Trey Hobson, who had a pair of interceptions early in Monday morning's practice that we didn't get covered in Monday's blog report, but we certainly wanted Tiger fans to know that Hobson had a good day and is working hard along with his cornerback mates...

 

WR Kerwin Stricker made a real nice catch in traffic during 7-on-7 drills, as he went high to snag a pass over the middle for a 20-yard gain.  He didn't have long to celebrate, however, as a few plays later, he got lit up by LB Adam Burton on a short reception over the middle that Burton made him pay for...

 

Speaking of making people pay, freshman LB Andrew Wilson - who is the son of Jay Wilson, a former Tiger linebacker who once held the MU career tackles record (since eclipsed) - is making his presence felt in camp, literally and figuratively.  Called the hardest hitter on the team by WR T.J. Moe, Wilson stood out on Tuesday several times, as he was seen blowing up would-be blockers and making big hits.  He also got into the act during 11-on-11 work when he stepped in front of a pass over the middle and went the other way for a nice return before the whistles blew the play down...

 

Moe had his typical handful of big plays for the Tiger offense on Tuesday morning, including a sweep that he carried for a gain of over 20 yards, thanks to a nice downfield juke that got him an extra 10 yards.  He also later made a great leaping grab to get his team a first down later in scrimmaging...

 

TB Kendial Lawrence busted a quick-hitter up the middle for a gain of 20-some yards, and continues to look very quick...

 

The #1 defense made a couple of good plays in a row early on, when SS Kenji Jackson came up in run support and stopped TB Derrick Washington for no gain on an option play.  On the next snap, QB Blaine Gabbert threw deep for WR Wes Kemp, but CB Kevin Rutland was running stride-for-stride in coverage and knocked the ball down in the endzone for an incompletion...

 

Next, Gabbert went over the middle to WR Rolandis Woodland, but FS Jasper Simmons closed fast and brought the hammer with him to jar the ball loose for an incompletion.  Woodland and Gabbert though, got the last laugh, as on the very next play, they connected on a deep in that went for a 35-yard TD...

 

Remember the big blow we mentioned earlier that Adam Burton gave out?  Well, late in practice he got one himself, courtesy of a de-cleating block laid on him by TE Beau Brinkley, who continues to play really outstanding football...

 

Late in practice, QB James Franklin took snaps with the #1 offense against the #1 defense, and he continued to look like anything but a true freshman.  Franklin completed three straight passes, hooking up with Derrick Washington for 10 yards, followed by a nice timing route with TE Michael Egnew for about 15 yards, capped by another shorter toss to Washington.  Credit the #1 offensive line on those plays too, as they gave the rookie the time he needed to get the throws off...

 

Senior CB Carl Gettis, who had an interception on Monday, closed Tuesday morning's practice in strong fashion, as he had a pair of pass break ups to end things.  His first was in the endzone on a pass intended for Wes Kemp from Blaine Gabbert.  Gettis read the play correctly and got his hands up as the ball came whistling in, and he batted it out of bounds for the incompletion.  Two plays later, he came off of coverage to lay into WR Jerrell Jackson on the sideline to separate Jackson from the ball with a big wallop before Jackson could catch the pass...

 

That's it for the Tuesday morning recap, check back with www.mutigers.com for continuing coverage of fall camp.

 

 

 

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