Aug. 3, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - The Missouri Tiger football team continued its 2013 fall camp with a Saturday morning practice at the newly-renovated Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium. With the new grass hill and Rock M looking pristine in the background, the Tigers worked out for just under two hours in unseasonably cool 68 degree and overcast weather.
As per NCAA rules, full pads won't be introduced until the fifth practice of camp (Monday), but shoulder pads were added to the mix, and Head Coach Gary Pinkel liked what he saw out of Saturday's session.
"I thought it was really good work today, we had shoulder pads on, that was good," Pinkel said. "It was a little bit more physical. I thought we practiced smart, very few guys went down, we're making a huge emphasis on staying on our feet. I thought we got a lot of good work done, we'll get back this afternoon and work on the mental side of our positions, and offense and defense and kicking, and we'll get back out here tomorrow morning," he said.
The cool weather was a popular topic in Coach Pinkel's post-practice session with the media, as he remarked several times about how nice it was.
"This must be what it's like for two-a-days in Heaven, it's got to be the coolest it's ever been since my coaching days at Washington," he said.
Here were a few highlights of the day taken from 11-on-11 scrimmaging:
The play of the day was turned in by senior WR Marcus Lucas, who made a jaw-dropping one-handed snag of a pass from senior QB James Franklin, and turned it into a gain of 20 yards. Later in the day, the same duo hooked up on a nicely-executed delay route that Lucas took for another 20 yards...
Franklin also made a connection with senior WR L'Damian Washington on a third down play for a gain of 10 yards, as Washington made a nice catch in traffic while keeping his feet in bounds to secure the play. Franklin earlier found junior TB Henry Josey on a dump-off out of the backfield that Josey took for some 15 yards before being touched...
Josey showed a nice burst of speed early in the day when he scampered through traffic around left end for a gain that would have been good for over 10 yards. Fellow backfield mate, redshirt freshman Morgan Steward got some good yards doing some tough running up the gut against the #2 defense, and junior TB Marcus Murphy later in the day burst through the left side for a big gainer, as well, showing the speed that made him an All-American punt returner in 2012...
It certainly wasn't all offense on Saturday, as the Tiger defense made several standout plays, just a few of which included a quarterback sack by junior DE Markus Golden, a combined tackle for loss in the backfield of Murphy by sophomore DE Shane Ray and junior LB Darvin Ruise, a pass break up by senior CB Randy Ponder as he came up to close out on a quick pass in the flat, and a tackle for loss by freshman LB Eric Beisel, who showed aggressive pursuit skills on the play...
The Tigers return to the practice field Sunday morning in a closed session, but the team will then head to Faurot Field for its annual Photo/Fan Day. The public portion of the day begins at 3:45 p.m. For details, be sure to visit here: http://www.mutigers.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/072413aaa.html
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