Aug. 12, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - The Missouri Tiger football team, fresh from its first day off in the 2013 fall camp, held a full pad practice Monday morning inside and outside. The practice started off outdoors at the Kadlec Athletic Fields, but about three-fourths of the way in, the overcast skies turned dark and practice got moved inside the Devine Indoor Pavilion.
It proved to be a wise move, as the skies opened up with a big thunderstorm that dumped a big rain on Central Missouri.
"We finally got one right," joked Head Coach Gary Pinkel. "The last couple of times we came indoors because the radar looked bad, but it didn't materialize. Today, it was the right call," he said.
Pinkel said he was pleased with what he saw from his squad this morning.
"I think overall we did some good things, it was very competitive," said Pinkel. "We got some good work in, and this afternoon we have to focus on our meetings and the details of their positions and getting better and come out here tomorrow morning and getting better," he said.
The offense claimed a win on Monday, and that evened the series score at 3-3. The score was tied heading into the final period, and both #1 units won series against the reserves, but a big run by sophomore TB Russell Hansbrough sparked the offense to a win. Going against the #1 defense, Hansbrough sped off tackle and got to the left sideline, scampering some 40 yards before junior SS Braylon Webb could track him down inside the 10-yardline.
A handful of highlights from today's scrimmaging included:
With the #1 offense going against the #2 defense in the final period, senior QB James Franklin led a precise march downfield for a touchdown, covering 60 yards in just four plays. First, he hit junior WR Bud Sasser on a pretty seam route for a gain of 30 yards. On the play, junior safety Daniel Easterly came over to lay a big hit on Sasser, but the receiver held onto the ball for the explosive play. Next, junior TB Henry Josey made a nice cutback run and gained about 17 yards before he was stopped. On the next snap, Franklin hit senior WR L'Damian Washington for nine yards to take the ball to the four-yardline, and Hansbrough scooted in from there for the score on the next play.
Prior to that, the #1 defense shut down the #2 offense in the same scenario. A big play got things started for the defense, as sophomore LB Kentrell Brothers got into the backfield for a quick touch sack of redshirt freshman QB Maty Mauk. Junior DT Matt Hoch was also there on the play. Mauk rebounded on the next snap to hit junior WR Jimmie Hunt for a gain of 10 yards to get back most of the sack yardage lost, but on 3rd down, senior CB Randy Ponder made a beautiful diving pass break up on the left sideline to deny a completion that likely would have gone for a first down.
The Tigers will return to the practice field for morning workouts Tuesday and Wednesday, in preparation for the second major scrimmage of fall camp on Thursday. Stay tuned to www.MUTigers.com for continuing coverage of your Tigers!
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