Aug. 4, 2014
COLUMBIA, Mo. - The 2014 season officially kicked off this afternoon, as the Mizzou Football team held its first practice of fall training camp. The Tigers worked out at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium on Monday for a little over two hours, and were in shorts with no pads, per NCAA rules. They'll be able to add shoulder pads for practice number three on Wednesday, leading up to practice number five, when full pads get introduced.
Despite the lack of contact, Head Coach Gary Pinkel said that he was pleased with what he saw Monday.
"Overall I thought it was good work," said Pinkel. "We got tons of fundamental work done, saw a lot of guys getting back into the competitive mode, and we've got to continue to ramp that up every day," he said.
The big news to come out of camp Monday had to do with the team selection of captains. The four Tigers chosen to lead the way in 2014 included seniors DE Markus Golden, OL Mitch Morse, WR Bud Sasser and SS Braylon Webb.
Pinkel was complimentary of the team's selection of that particular quartet of leaders.
"I thought it was a good selection, it's very important in our program, our captains," Pinkel said. "The senior leadership is very important here. It's an honor to be senior, you work your way up and you're kind of running the team as captains. They lead in winter conditioning, they lead in the spring and they lead during the summer. One of the first things we do when we start fall camp is vote for captains and I think the team made some outstanding choices. I always tell our players when they decide on leadership, `Ask yourself, who do you think can lead when things get tough?' Because, when things are easy, anybody can lead. So that's one of the things we look at," he added.
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"I always tell our players when they decide on leadership, `Ask yourself, who do you think can lead when things get tough?' Because, when things are easy, anybody can lead."
On the injury front, only two Tigers wore protective red injury bibs, but neither was considered to be a serious injury, according to Coach Pinkel. Braylon Webb (shoulder) and junior OL Connor McGovern (pectoral strain) went through most drills on Monday while being slightly limited, but both are expected to be back to full strength very soon.
Monday marked the first of 13 consecutive days of practice for the defending Southeastern Conference Eastern Division champion Tigers. Practices will move to the morning hours for the next 12 days, with most starting up at 7:15 a.m. Scrimmages are scheduled for August 12th, 16th and 21st, with camp closing after the final scrimmage.
Don't forget to make plans to attend the 12th annual Fan Appreciation Day at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium this Sunday, August 10th. Gates open at 3:45 p.m.
Stay tuned to www.MUTigers.com for continuing coverage and updates from the Mizzou Football 2014 fall training camp.
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