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Tigers Go Lighter Wednesday, Prep For Final Scrimmage

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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.

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