March 12, 2013
Columbia, Mo. -
Footballs filled the air Tuesday afternoon in Columbia, Mo., as the Missouri Tiger Football team opened its 2013 spring camp with its first practice session. With weather conditions chilly and breezy in mid-Missouri, the Tigers opened camp inside the confines of the Dan Devine Indoor Pavilion, where they were put through the paces of a 2-1/2 hour workout. Per NCAA rules, today's practice was held in shorts, with full pads not permitted until the third practice.
Head Coach Gary Pinkel was pleased with what he saw at the beginning of his 13th spring camp at Mizzou.
"Overall it was a really good day, obviously we just had helmets on for NCAA rules, and it will be the same on Thursday," he said. "Just a high level of energy and excitement to get back out here again, it's been awhile, and I thought the team worked well. It's always about fundamentals, but certainly in practices like this where you don't have a lot of competitive drills because you don't have full pads on, it's real important, the details of their position and the fundamentals," he said.
Without full contact scrimmaging, the day focused mostly on position drills and a lot of one-on-one pass rush drills between the offensive and defensive lines. A highlight during 7-on-7 passing drills included QB Maty Mauk hooking up with WR Dorial Green-Beckham on a nice timing route over the middle for a gain of around 10 yards, until CB David Johnson swatted the ball loose from behind. Fellow CB Xavier Smith pounced on the ball for a takeaway by the defense.
Spring camp continues Thursday with practice number two that afternoon. Stay tuned to www.MUTigers.com for continuing coverage of the Mizzou Tigers.