April 5, 2014
Columbia, Mo. - The Mizzou Football program held its first major scrimmage of the 2014 spring camp, and on a sun-splashed Faurot Field, the Tiger offense claimed a 19-11 victory over the defense Saturday morning. Sophomore TB Morgan Steward had a big day for the offense, as he scored three touchdowns, including a 58-yard scamper during two-minute drill work to put a cap on the day.
Steward got extra duty on the day as fellow tailbacks Russell Hansbrough and Marcus Murphy both left the scrimmage early with shoulder and ankle injuries, respectively. Head Coach Gary Pinkel didn't know the extent of either injury, but was pleased to see how Steward filled in.
"In the SEC you have to be very deep at every position certainly, but tailback is crucial to have three or four guys who can get the job done," Pinkel said. "We were very deep last year there, and a guy like Morgan Steward didn't get a ton of opportunities, but he's trying to show now that he can be someone to depend on. I was pleased with what he did today, and now the challenge is to continue to do that through the rest of camp," he said.
Steward finished the day with 117 rushing yards on 13 carries. His scores came from four yards out, 18 yards out, and then the final 58-yard run that saw him burst through the line, break an arm tackle and cut back to the clear on the right hash.
Sophomore QB Maty Mauk threw for a 19-yard touchdown pass to senior WR Darius White earlier in the day against the number one defense. White made a beautiful grab in traffic in the right corner of the endzone, as he outfought CB John Gibson and S Ian Simon for the ball and the score. Mauk finished the day 14-of-23 passing for 164 yards and the TD, while White had a nice day also, grabbing five passes in all for 65 yards and the score.
The defense had their highlights Saturday as well, as they snagged a pair of interceptions in two-minute drills. Safety Chaston Ward intercepted QB Eddie Printz deep downfield on a desperation 4th-down toss to end one series, and LB Denzel Martin dove to grab an interception on the following series off a ball deflected over the middle.
Earlier in the day, the #1 offense and #1 defense squared off twice with both drives starting at midfield. The first series saw the offense drive quickly for a 1st-and-goal, thanks in large part to a beauty of a catch by WR Levi Copelin on a toss from Mauk for a gain of 25 yards. But the defense would end up holding and forced a short field goal attempt. The second series saw the defense force a three-and-out as Gibson came off the edge for a sack of Mauk. Simon broke up a pass two snaps later to end the drive on third down.
Senior WR Gavin Otte had a productive day catching the ball, as he grabbed five passes for 76 yards and a touchdown. The score came on a highlight reel-worthy over-the-shoulder diving grab in the endzone for a 31-yard TD from junior QB Corbin Berkstresser. Berkstresser would finish his day with solid numbers as well, going 11-of-17 for 129 yards and one touchdown.
Junior PK Andrew Baggett was a perfect 4-for-4 during live scrimmaging, as he connected on kicks of 46, 40, 23 and 22 yards.
Mizzou will return to the practice field next week for Tuesday and Thursday afternoon workouts, leading up to the second scrimmage of the spring on Saturday, April 12th. It all leads up to the annual Black & Gold Spring Game on April 19th.
Stay tuned to www.mutigers.com for continuing coverage of spring camp.
Scoring Plays Morgan Steward 4 run
Steward 18 run
Miles Drummond 5 run
Steward 58 run
Maty Mauk - 14-23, 164 yds, 1 TD
Corbin Berkstresser - 11-17, 129 yds, 1 TD
Eddie Printz - 11-19, 96 yds, 2 INT
Trent Hosick - 8-13, 61 yds
Marvin Zanders - 1-4, 6 yds
Gavin Otte - 5-75, 1 TD
Darius White - 5-65, 1 TD
Wesley Leftwich - 4-42
J'Mon Moore - 4-31
Sean Culkin - 4-26
Jake Brents - 3-39
Dorial Green-Beckham - 3-23
Levi Copelin - 2-41
Eric Laurent - 2-25
Bud Sasser - 2-12
Andrew Stevens - 2-7
Marcus Murphy - 1-18
Russell Hansbrough - 1-12
Morgan Steward - 1-11
Miles Drummond - 1-8
James Driskill - 1-6
Jimmie Hunt - 1-6
Aaron Bailey - 1-3
Steven Blakley - 1-3
Clayton Echard - 1-2
Morgan Steward - 13-117, 3 TDs
Andrew Stevens - 8-27
Miles Drummond - 7-41, 1 TD
Maty Mauk - 6-20
Russell Hansbrough - 4-41
Steven Blakley - 4-7
Trent Hosick - 3-21
Marcus Murphy - 1-13
Corbin Berkstresser - 1-6
Markus Golden - 2
John Gibson - 1
Rickey Hatley - 1
Aarion Penton - 1
Eddie Serrano - 1
Denzel Martin - 1
Chaston Ward - 1
Passes Broken Up
Kenya Dennis - 1
Matt Hoch - 1
DeQuincy Osborne - 1
Eddie Serrano - 1
Andrew Baggett - 4-4 (Made: 46, 40, 23, 20)
Turner Adams - 2-2 (Made: 46, 22)
Luke Jackson - 0-1 (Missed: 40)
Christian Brinser - 5-191, 38.5 avg., 2 inside 20
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