Aug. 8, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - After two straight days inside, Thursday morning saw the Missouri Tiger football team return to the great outdoors, as Gary Pinkel's squad held its eighth practice of the 2013 fall camp outside on the John Kadlec Athletic Fields. It was a tightly-contested day that went down to the wire, and when the dust settled, the Tiger offense claimed a 4.5-to-4.0 win, which evened the camp series to two wins apiece.
The offense got 11-on-11 work off to a good start, as the #1 unit gained a pair of first downs against the #1 defense while working from the shadow of its own goal line. Starting at its own 1-yardline, the #1 offense gained seven yards on a pair of middle runs, and then senior QB James Franklin avoided pocket pressure and rolled out to find senior WR L'Damian Washington for 10 yards on 3rd-and-3. Washington made a nice sliding catch by the sideline to secure the first down. On the next snap, designated as a 3rd-and-1, Franklin found sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham on an out route for a gain of eight yards and another first down. Later, with redshirt freshman QB Maty Mauk guiding the way, the ones got another first down, with the highlight being a Mauk-to-Washington completion on 3rd-and-1 for a gain of five yards. Junior WR Bud Sasser helped spring the play with some good open-field blocking.
When the #2 offense and #2 defense squared off in the same scenario, junior TB Marcus Murphy had a couple of positive runs, with the last one going for five yards on a 3rd-and-2 snap to help the offense win the period. Sophomore QB Corbin Berkstresser also moved the chains on a 3rd-and-1 play when he connected with junior WR Gavin Otte for a gain of seven yards. A few plays later, reserve TB Miles Drummond had a tough run around the right edge that gained him 12 yards, while freshman LB Eric Beisel came up to lay a hard hit on sophomore TB Tyler Hunt.
Later, when scrimmaging moved out to the 40-yardline going in, Hunt got some revenge when he burst up the middle for what amounted to about a 30-yard touchdown run. The #2 defense had a nice series against the #2 offense later on, as they held strong, stopping two runs for short gains, including senior DT Marvin Foster, who made a tackle behind the line on one play. Next, on a 3rd-and-5 play, Mauk checked down to junior TB Greg White in the flat, but the senior duo of CB Randy Ponder and LB Donovan Bonner were there to stop the play for little gain. On the next play, senior DE Brayden Burnett got into the backfield to stop White for a loss, but two plays later, Berkstresser hit Otte again for a gain of seven yards on a 3rd-and-5 snap.
When the #1 units squared off again, the defense won this series, as sophomore LB Kentrell Brothers stopped a quick slant for a short gain for starters. Senior CB E.J. Gaines later made a big-time play, as he fought off a block by a Tiger receiver, and grabbed Sasser by the jersey to stop him for a short gain on a 3rd-and-10 snap. Franklin later hit Washington again for a gain of 11 yards on a 3rd-and-10 situation and a first down. Later on, freshman QB Eddie Printz lofted a nicely thrown deep ball that was caught in traffic by redshirt freshman WR Eric Laurent.
On the injury front, senior FS Matt White was held out of practice Thursday with a strained groin, while senior WR Jaleel Clark was limited due to a bruised knee. Both are hopeful of working their way back into the lineup soon.
The Tigers will hold a lighter practice Friday morning as a final preparation for Saturday's scrimmage - the first major scrimmage of fall camp. Mizzou's official website - www.MUTigers.com - will have a full recap with statistics, so be sure to catch all the details right here.
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