Aug. 10, 2009
COLUMBIA, Mo. – The Missouri Tiger Football team sported a new look Monday morning, as they donned full pads for the first time in 2009. Head Coach Gary Pinkel said he was pleased with the team's effort and the physical nature of the practice, and that his main focus was seeing better consistency from play to play by all units.
Rain and lightening in the Columbia area forced the team to practice inside the Dan Devine Pavilion, where the Tigers worked out for nearly 2 1/2 hours. The offense won the day by the slimmest of margins, 4.0-to-3.5, so they get the black jerseys for practice on Tuesday.
Here were some highlights observed from Monday's session…
- In 11-on-11 scrimmaging, the team closed with some red zone situational plays, and both sides of the ball had some highlights. When the #1 offense and #1 defense squared off, it was pretty even in the end result. QB Blaine Gabbert found WR Danario Alexander in the back of the endzone for a touchdown on one play, but the defense held the offense out of the endzone the rest of the way, although a reverse run by WR Jerrell Jackson got inside the 1-yardline before being pushed out of a bounds by S Hardy Ricks shy of the pylon. DB Kevin Rutland had a pass break up in the endzone…
- In red zone scrimmaging with the #2 offense and #2 defense, QB Jimmy Costello was very effective, as he hooked up with Jackson and WR Rolandis Woodland for touchdowns that covered about 10 yards apiece. Later, Costello rambled in for a running TD from about 3 yards out, while the defense got a stop when S Jarrell Harrison broke up a pass in the endzone, as he nearly brought down the interception after leaping high to get his hands on the ball…
- Freshman WR L'Damian Washington had possibly the play of the day when he made a diving catch in traffic in the end zone to snag a TD pass from fellow true freshman QB Ashton Glaser. Earlier in the day, TE Michael Egnew took a crossing route from Costello and turned it into about a 35-yard gain before he was caught by pursuit on the sideline…
- On the injury front, Coach Pinkel stated afterward that junior college LB Josh Tatum is still having issues with his injured back that forced him to have surgery in May. Tatum has been out on the practice field with his team, but only able to watch from the sideline. Pinkel said that he might have to consider applying for a medical hardship should he be unable to get back on the field once the season starts…
The Tigers will continue on-field preparations for their Sept. 5th opener with the Illinois Fighting Illini with two practices Tuesday -- their first of five scheduled two-a-day practices for the 2009 training camp. Practices are set for 7:15 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., followed by a single morning practice Wednesday, two sessions on Thursday and a single morning practice on Friday. That will lead up to the team's first full scrimmage of the fall, set for Saturday at 8:30 a.m. Stay tuned to mutigers.com for continuing coverage, news and notes from Camp Pinkel.
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