Aug. 11, 2009
Columbia, Mo. -
The Missouri Tigers took to the practice field twice on Tuesday, for the first of five scheduled two-a-day practices. The morning session was held on Faurot Field in full pads, with the afternoon practice taking place in shoulder pads and shorts on the Kadlec Athletic Fields. Here were some highlights from the morning practice's 11-on-11 scrimmaging...
- Early on when the #2 units went head-to-head, the defense had the upper hand Tuesday morning, as they got more stops than the offense made plays. LB Will Ebner had a big hit at one point to make his presence known, while QB Jimmy Costello found WR Brandon Gerau for a nice 15-yard gain to get the offense some points...
- Later, QB Blaine Dalton had a couple of solid plays where he moved the chains, thanks to pass completions to freshman WR L'Damian Washington and sophomore WR Terry Dennis. The throw to Washington was a screen that was well blocked, and Washington weaved his way with some nice running for about 25 yards. Dennis got himself open on the right sideline and Dalton delivered a strike to him for about 15 yards before Dennis was pushed out of bounds...
- When the #1 offense and #1 defense squared off, tailbacks De'Vion Moore and Derrick Washington had a couple of big gainers. Moore took a handoff on a 3rd-and-1 situation and used his burst to get around the edge and to the corner, where he sped untouched into the endzone for a touchdown of around 20 yards. Washington had a nice run where he set up his blockers well and cutback for about a 15-yard jaunt. Earlier in the series, SS Hardy Ricks made a nice break to knock away a pass from QB Blaine Gabbert to WR Danario Alexander on the right sideline. The ball was on the money from Gabbert, but Ricks got there just in time from his safety spot to bat it away...
- Later in the day, Gabbert got his revenge when he sent a laser across the field to TE Andrew Jones, who was waiting on the right sideline. The pinpoint pass went for about 20 yards on a 3rd-down snap. Derrick Washington got free for another nice gain of around 15-20 yards, before LB Sean Weatherspoon closed things with a couple of big plays. His first was a big hit and stop of Moore, after Moore caught an outlet pass in the left flat. Later, Weatherspoon made a diving pass break up over the middle to prevent a completion from Gabbert...
- On the injury front, sophomore FS Kenji Jackson strained a calf muscle in the morning practice, and was held out the remainder of the day. His status will be day-to-day. Freshman DL Marvin Foster sprained his knee in the morning, and was scheduled for an MRI to determine the extent of the injury. Freshman WR Kerwin Stricker dislocated a finger during the morning practice, but he was able to practice in the afternoon session. Freshman WR T.J. Moe was held out of both practices today to give him a chance to rest his foot that he's still rehabbing from off-season surgery...
In other news surrounding Tiger football...
- Senior LB Sean Weatherspoon has been named one of 30 "players to watch" for the 2009 Walter Camp Player of the Year Award, given annually to the nation's top player at any position. Weatherspoon is one of only six defensive players named to the watch list...
- Senior OL Kurtis Gregory has been named one of 40 players on the watch list for the 2009 Outland Trophy, which goes annually to the nation's top interior lineman. Tackles, guards and centers on both the offensive and defensive lines are eligible for this award...
- FOX Sports Midwest and FOX Sports Kansas City will preview the 2009 Mizzou football season in a 30-minute show airing throughout August. The Mizzou College Football Preview includes an interview with Head Coach Gary Pinkel, a preview of the 2009 season and a roundup of the Big 12 North.
- Airings for the preview show include:
- Tuesday, Aug. 11 at 6 p.m.
- Thursday, Aug. 13 at 7 p.m.
- Friday, Aug. 14 at 6 p.m. (not available in Royals territory)
- Monday, Aug. 17 at 7:30 p.m. (not available in Royals territory)
- Friday, Aug. 21 at 8 p.m. (not available in Royals territory)
- Sunday, Aug. 23 at 4:30 p.m.
- Monday, Aug. 24 at 8 p.m. (not available in Royals territory)
- Thursday, Aug. 27 at 6 p.m. (Royals territory only)
- Thursday, Aug. 27 at 6:30 p.m.
- Friday, Aug. 28 at 6 p.m.
- Saturday, Aug. 29 at 5 p.m.
- Tuesday, Sept. 1 at 6:30 p.m. (Royals territory only)
- Thursday, Sept. 3 at 12 p.m.
Schedule subject to change; times Central
The Tigers will have a morning practice Wednesday and Friday, sandwiched around another set of two-a-days on Thursday. That all leads up to the team's first scrimmage of the fall, scheduled for 8:30 a.m. Saturday at Faurot Field. Stay tuned to mutigers.com for continuing coverage of Tiger Training Camp!
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