Camp Notebook: Day Two

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DT Dominique Hamilton

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DT Dominique Hamilton
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Aug. 5, 2011

COLUMBIA, Mo. - Here's a recap of Missouri's Friday morning practice, as well as some random news and notes concering the Tiger Football Program...

  • The Missouri Tigers hit the Kadlec Athletic Fields for their first morning practice of 2011 pre-season camp on Friday, and they were treated to some more unexpectedly cool temperatures.  Working out in shorts and helmets for the second-straight day, Gary Pinkel's squad benefited from 78-degree weather during their two-hour session...
  • Coach Pinkel was satisfied with his team's effort on Friday.  "I thought overall it was a really good practice, it cranked up a little bit," he said.  "We do a little bit more each and every day, as I mentioned yesterday. The competition is out there, tomorrow we will put shoulder pads on for two practices in a row and then we will be in full pads. What's really nice about this is that we are doing a lot of fundamental work; there is not a lot of hitting out there. We really get a lot of fundamental work and that's really good, the basics at each position are really important. Overall, pretty good and this afternoon we have tons of meetings and walk-throughs. We will really utilize the day in a really productive way. I have a team meeting tonight and they have position meetings, they will be done about 8:30 or 9 o'clock," he said...
  • Highlights from 11-on-11 work today included some big plays on both sides of the ball.  With the number one units going against each other, sophomore QB James Franklin connected with junior WR T.J. Moe on a crossing route that went for a big gainer of over 40 yards down the left sideline.  Shortly after that, the defense struck back when senior DT Dominique Hamilton sniffed out an attempted tunnel screen to senior WR Wes Kemp.  Hamilton rushed into the backfield to pressure Franklin, and leapt high to knock the pass down, but the ball stuck in his arms for an interception that he took the other way until the whistles blew the play dead.  It was another good sign to see the big guy back in action and looking healthy after he missed the last half of the 2010 season with a broken foot.  Undaunted, on the next two plays, Franklin rebounded immediately and found senior TE Michael Egnew on a sit down route over the middle that went for around 10 yards, and that was followed by a running play where he called his own number, and he rambled into the secondary for a gain of around 15 yards.  Later, when the reserves scrimmaged, redshirt freshman DB Xavier Smith stood out when he closed quickly on an out route to make a diving break up...
  • Pinkel said that there was no change in the status of junior college transfer DT Sheldon Richardson, and that he hopes to have resolution to the situation soon.  Until then, Richardson is unable to practice with the team...
  • Former Tiger standout DL Lorenzo Williams (1st-Team All-Big 12 in 2007) was at practice Friday to take in the festivities.  Earlier this summer, Williams ran a charity golf tournament in Springfield, Mo., where he was able to raise some $60,000 for the Children's Miracle Network.  Williams is doing other great things with his MU degree, among them include coaching for Helias High School, as well as a successful business venture in Columbia along with fellow former Tiger OL Monte Wyrick.  The business is called Galactic Fun Zone and it's a entertainment complex which includes bowling, laser tag, a full-scale arcade and a lounge for adults.  The business was named the winner of the Missouri Small Business & Technological Development Center "Stars of Innovation and Entrepreneurship" of 2011.  For more information on the Galactic Fun Zone, visit their homepage at www.thegalacticfunzone.com ...
  • Another former Tiger standout was on hand for Thursday's opening practice, and we didn't get a chance to give the shout out then.  Howard Richards, who this summer was introduced as the new color analyst for the Tiger Radio Network, was on hand to check out the team and begin his prep work for the upcoming season.  Richards will be coming back to Columbia throughout camp to continue to get to know the team, and also look for more features about him in various MU shows and publications.  For more information about Richards, visit this link:  http://www.mutigers.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/061611aaa.html ...
  • The 2011 Mizzou Football Information Guide is available for viewing online in PDF format, and we also have a limited number of books available for purchase.  To view the book online, point your browser to: http://www.mutigers.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/11-media-guide.html .  To order a hard copy of the book, please send payment for $20 per book to Mizzou Athletic Media Relations, P.O. Box 677 - Hearnes Center, Columbia, Mo. 65211.  If sending a check or money order, please make that payable to the University of Missouri.  We will have small quantities of the book available for Sunday's Fan Day event, for those wanting to have that on hand for autographs...
  • Speaking of Fan Day, the 2011 version is set for this Sunday, August 7th, at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium.  Gates will open at 3:45, and Tiger fans will be able to walk on Faurot Field and meet their favorite Mizzou players and coaches and get autographs.  For more information, visit this link: http://www.mutigers.com/sports/m-footbl/spec-rel/072811aaa.html ...
  • Up next for the Tigers is a Saturday morning practice.  Stay tuned to www.mutigers.com for continuing coverage of 2011 pre-season camp...
  • Here's a full transcript of Coach Pinkel's visit with the media after Friday practice...

Coach Pinkel Quotes // 8-5-11

Opening Statement...

"I thought overall it was a really good practice, it cranked up a little bit. We do a little bit more each and every day, as I mentioned yesterday. The competition is out there, tomorrow we will put shoulder pads on for two practices in a row and then we will be in full pads. What's really nice about this is that we are doing a lot of fundamental work; there is not a lot of hitting out there. We really get a lot of fundamental work and that's really good, the basics at each position are really important. Overall, pretty good and this afternoon we have tons of meetings and walk-throughs. We will really utilize the day in a really productive way. I have a team meeting tonight and they have position meetings, they will be done about 8:30 or 9 o'clock."

 

On Corbin Berkstresser...

"Well I think it's all about competing; they all come in and compete. We have to evaluate who our quarterback is going to be, who our second and third team quarterbacks are going to be. It is an ongoing evaluation, as it is at every position. I want everybody to come in and want to compete and play as freshmen, that's what you want, but you have to see if they are ready. There are so many factors there: the depth of the position, the maturity of the player, is he physically ready to play, speed, quickness, how did he learn...all of those things are the same for any freshman out there, it is the same thing. Can you pass those tests? A lot of times it has to do with ability as much as other things."

 

On the offensive similarities between Mizzou and his previous team...

"He had a heck of a year last year in high school; he really played well. I don't see any question that he can play the same offense as Chase Daniel. I think it's a plus for him. The big difference for him now, as in any young quarterback, is the guys on the other side of the ball. He has seen some of the base coverages that you see in high school, but we see multiple coverages, obviously he hasn't seen anything yet like what he is going to see in a few days: multiple blitzes. That's why you need smart guys back there. Learning the complexity of what we do and what Coach Yost takes is as far as where you go with the football depending on what you see. All of those things have got to happen. Obviously, from watching him today at practice, you can see he has a lot of ability and he's got a great arm."

 

On the depth of the running backs...

"We've got several guys who can play, Greg White is putting himself in that category as well, which is nice. The way I look at that is that he separates himself a little bit. I turn it into a positive for him. Now he is a year under Josey and they're not in the same class anymore. That helps both of them and it certainly helps Mizzou. I always look at the positive side of it and we are certainly fortunate to have some depth at that position."

 

On De'Vion Moore...

"He is a great leader and  great team player, but he is also really good too. If you ask him, he is the best to get the job done. We like the competition."

 

On Brad Madison...

"Jacquies, Aldon and him, he is a returning starter, all three of those guys rotated through all the time. We look to him without question as a starting player. He's got a great motor, he's stronger than he's ever been now, he's got a lot of confidence, as we all know he's got great quickness. He is the all-time recruit: an offensive lineman and an all-conference defensive end."

 

On the depth of the defense...

"We are very fortunate right now. It doesn't always happen that way. As you look at your football team you want to have personnel at the right spots. The number one spot you have to have is the quarterback and the number two spot is the guy that gets the quarterback. They are equalizers. We are very fortunate to have some good defensive linemen.

 

On James Franklin's confidence at camp...

"I think that the best players are competing against themselves and they aren't really worried about the guys around them. That's how you become really good, you aren't worried about who is trying to get the job, you are just competing to be the best you can be.  There is no question,that is his approach. He is learning, he does a lot of good things and he makes a mistake here or there, which young guys do. Those are the things you want to eliminate; those are the things that hurt your football team. It's a war out there, especially at that position."

 

On the chemistry of the receivers...

"I think they are working well together. My big thing is that we have a lot of young players from a competitors standpoint. I want guys who come in to be starters, that's what we are trying to do. I'm trying to get the young players to be competitive with the older players because we have a lot of good players there."


 

 

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