Camp Notebook: The Pads Come Out

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Aug. 8, 2011

Columbia, Mo. - The Mizzou Football team continued 2011 pre-season camp Monday morning. Here's a quick recap of the highlights from the day...

•-The competition in fall camp took a step up Monday morning, as pads came on for the first time for the Missouri Tigers. After four practices without full pads, Monday marked the first day of full contact, and Gary Pinkel's team battled hard for just over two hours on Faurot Field. The introduction of pads also brought out the beginning of the scoring system to pit the offense against the defense, with each play scored to designate which side of the ball wins. Whichever side wins the most plays, wins the period, whichever side wins the most periods, wins the day, and then gets the black jerseys for the following days' practice. On Monday, it was a tight competition all the way to the end, but the Tiger defense came out victorious by a 4.0-to-3.5 margin, when they claimed the final period during red zone work...

•-Coach Pinkel liked what he saw during Monday's practice. "(It was the) first day in full pads, it was really good, it was competitive," Pinkel said. "For the freshmen, it's the first time they actually go out in pads, so there's certainly some anxiety there, I can even remember back as far as when I was a freshman which was a long time ago. I think it was very competitive, the defense won in the last period. We base everything we do out here on competition. When you compete in practice all the time, you get better practices number one, but kids are trained to compete in everything they do. It's worked well for us and we'll continue to do that. Obviously we have a lot of work to do and hopefully we'll keep getting better. We've got meetings all this afternoon, and we'll get back out there tomorrow morning and do it again," he said...

•-On the injury front, TE Eric Waters returned to the field in limited fashion as he's dealing with a sprained toe. WR Gahn McGaffie was held out Monday with a strained hamstring, and CB Robert Steeples was out with a strained ankle, sustained on Saturday...

 

 

•-Tuesday will represent the first of five scheduled two-a-day, with practices set for 7:15 a.m. and again at 3:45 p.m...

•-During 11-on-11 scrimmaging, the pads were popping as the defense made some big plays early to get out to a lead on the scoreboard. DT Dominique Hamilton stuffed TB Kendial Lawrence on a run attempt for no gain, and that was followed by CB E.J. Gaines showing great speed on the edge to close on Lawrence on a wide run to force him out of bounds for a very short gain. On the next play, DE Brad Madison looked like he was shot out of a cannon and got around the edge immediately to force QB James Franklin to throw the ball away to avoid a sack. On the next play, Franklin faced pocket pressure again, but stayed calm and found WR T.J. Moe down the right seam for a gain of 15 yards. On the next play, on a 3rd-and-1 situation, TB De'Vion Moore took a delayed handoff and burst through the line for a touchdown of around 40 yards...

•-In a later period, Franklin led a comeback for the offense, as they trailed 5-3 with only a handful of plays remaining in the period. He went to work by finding WR Jerrell Jackson just beyond the sticks for a first down, as Jackson made a nice adjustment on the ball to haul it in. Then Franklin called his own number and ran for a gain of around eight yards. That was followed next by a big burst up the middle by speedy TB Henry Josey, who got well into the secondary before being touched down by a defender...

•-It was back-and-forth the rest of the way when the #1 units squared off in redzone work. Franklin found TE Michael Egnew over the middle on a play that went to the 1-yardline, but the defense got the ball back on the next snap when the ball came out on a toss play, with DE Jacquies Smith pouncing on it for the turnover. Madison got credit for another sack of Franklin next, after Franklin's initial read was taken away by stingy pass defense. LB Will Ebner then made a tackle for loss to wrap up the period. In one final short encounter of the ones, CB Kip Edwards went high in the right corner of the endzone to outbattle WR Jerrell Jackson to knock the ball away for an incompletion. The offense countered with a 1-yard TD plunge by Moore, for his second score of the day...

•-The reserves had plenty of action as well on Monday, and QB Ashton Glaser had several nice pick ups, with his first one going to freshman WR Wesley Leftwich for a 45-yard TD. Leftwich got behind the secondary and caught the ball wide open around the 15 yardline, and the Columbia native tightroped his way down the sideline for the score. Glaser later hit WR Jimmie Hunt for a big gainer down the seam on what looked to be a busted coverage. Later in redzone work, Glaser came back after throwing an interception in the endzone to S Daniel Easterly by connecting with WR Bud Sasser for a 5-yard TD...

•-Freshman TB Greg White showed his speed on a play where he burst up the middle on a delayed handoff for a gain of some 20 yards, and fellow freshman Kony Ealy had a nice sequence when he sacked QB Corbin Berkstresser and on the very next play was the first defender to make contact with TB Jared Culver on a run that got strung out to the left sideline for no gain. Berkstresser later found TE Stephen Drain for a 3-yard touchdown in redzone work, and another score was put on the board when QB Jimmy Costello hooked up with TB Daniel Carpenter on a five-yard score...

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