Football Holds First Spring Scrimmage

DE Kony Ealy

March 17, 2012

Columbia, Mo. - The University of Missouri football team held its first full-fledged scrimmage of spring training camp Saturday morning at Faurot Field, and it was the Tiger defense which won the day, claiming the scrimmage victory with a 19-7 score in the team's modified scoring system.

Sophomore DE Kony Ealy was a force all day long, as he forced a pair of fumbles, recovering one, while also breaking up two passes and notching a QB hurry. The Tiger defense got seven turnovers in all on the day, as junior LB Andrew Wilson accounted for a pair of them as he had one interception and one fumble recovery. Senior LB Will Ebner and redshirt freshman LB Kentrell Brothers also each recovered a fumble on the day, with sophomore CB Xavier Smith and redshirt freshman CB Ernest Payton each grabbing an interception.

The Tiger offense, playing without several starters due to injuries (including QB James Franklin, LT Elvis Fisher, TB Henry Josey, and WR L'Damian Washington among others) accounted for a pair of touchdowns Saturday. Reserve junior QB Ashton Glaser got the first score as he connected with senior WR Rolandis Woodland on a 6-yard TD pass, with Woodland making a nice grab in traffic on a beautifully-thrown fade pass. The other score came late in the day by senior TB Kendial Lawrence, who showed his nifty cutback ability and speed to the open field on a 19-yard TD run. Lawrence finished the day with 12 rushes for a team-best 61 yards.



Redshirt freshman QB Corbin Berkstresser got the start in place of the injured Franklin (out indefinitely with a sprained shoulder) and completed 10-of-25 passes for 105 yards. The numbers weren't flashy, but Berkstresser didn't turn the ball over on the day, and he also closed the day in great fashion when he led the #1 offense downfield against the #1 nickel defense for a field goal in two-minute drill work. Berkstresser led the offense from their own 35-yardline with just 1:30 on the clock, and got them down inside the 20-yardline. He capped the drive with a nice 24-yard scramble to get out of bounds with under 5 seconds left on the clock. That play set up Trey Barrow for a 33-yard field goal, which he made, to close the successful series.

Senior WR Gahn McGaffie led all receivers with his 8 catches and 75 receiving yards, while senior WR T.J. Moe had 5 catches for 54 yards, and Woodland added 3 grabs for 19 yards and the only receiving score of the day.

The Tigers will resume practice Tuesday afternoon, followed by a Thursday practice that will serve as the team's last before spring break. Stay tuned to for continuing coverage of Mizzou Football.

Final Score - Defense 19, Offense 7

Scoring Plays •Rolandis Woodland 6-yard pass from Ashton Glaser •Kendial Lawrence 19-yard run

Passing •Corbin Berkstresser - 10-of-25, 105 yards •Ashton Glaser - 18-of-28, 135 yards, 1 TD, 3 INTs •Alex Demczak - 10-of-19, 47 yards, 2 INTs

Rushing •Kendial Lawrence - 12-61, 1 TD •Jared Culver - 6-35 •Corbin Berkstresser - 1-24 •Marcus Murphy - 9-17 •Greg White - 5-4 •Tyler Hunt - 3-4 •Jordan Wade - 2-2 •Alex Demczak - 1-1 •Ashton Glaser - 2-(-1)

Receiving •Gahn McGaffie - 8-75 •T.J. Moe - 5-54 •Rolandis Woodland - 4-19, 1 TD •Eric Waters - 3-29 •Kerwin Stricker - 3-18 •Jared Culver - 2-9 •Kellen Wright - 2-9 •Tyler Hunt - 2-6 •Wesley Leftwich - 1-11 •Steve Drain - 1-7 •Sheldon Gerau - 1-7 •Kendial Lawrence - 1-4 •Cameron Chancey - 1-0

Defensive Highlights

•Interceptions o 1 - Kentrell Brothers, Will Ebner, Ernest Payton, Xavier Smith, Andrew Wilson

•Forced Fumbles o 2 - Kony Ealy

•Recovered Fumbles o 1 - Kony Ealy, Andrew Wilson

•QB Sacks o 1 - Jared Parham, Shane Ray, Derrion Thomas, Lucas Vincent, Andrew Wilson

•Tackles For Loss o 2 - George White o 1 - Daniel Easterly, Kip Edwards, Randy Ponder, Shane Ray, Derrion Thomas, Andrew Wilson

•Passes Broken Up o 2 - Kony Ealy o 1 - Donovan Bonner, Tyler Davis, Kip Edwards, Clarence Green, Ernest Payton, Randy Ponder, Darvin Ruise, Kenronte Walker

Field Goals •Trey Barrow - 2-of-5 (Made: 47, 33) (Missed: 31, 44, 44) •Andrew Baggett - 2-of-4 (Made: 31, 44) (Missed: 47, 44) •Blake Owens - 2-of-4 (Made: 31, 44) (Missed: 47, 44)

Punting •Trey Barrow - 5-227, 45.40 average •Christian Brinser - 5-162, 32.40 average

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