Aug 13, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - The Missouri Tiger football team continued its work leading up to the 2013 season opener on Aug. 31st against Murray State with a two-hour practice Tuesday morning held at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium. It was a full pad practice - the 12th overall of fall camp - and it was won by the defense on a tightly-contested day that went down to the wire. The victory for the defense gave them the black jerseys for Wednesday, and also gave them a 4-3 lead in camp.
Weather conditions continued to be unseasonably cool, but that didn't bring about any complaints from the players as they got after it Tuesday morning in 65 degree temperatures.
Notably missing from Tuesday's workout were senior CB E.J. Gaines and junior TB Henry Josey. Gaines sustained a strained patellar tendon in Monday's practice, and an MRI showed the strain. The good news is that the injury should only keep Gaines out for approximately a week. Josey was held out of Tuesday practice just as a precaution, after reporting soreness in a hamstring. The training staff had planned on giving Josey some random days off anyway, so Tuesday was designated for that purpose.
Here were some highlights from today's 11-on-11 scrimmaging:
With the #1 offense going against the #2 defense, senior QB James Franklin hit junior WR Bud Sasser on a nicely-timed route for a gain of around 10 yards. Junior TB Marcus Murphy tried the right edge on a rush next, but redshirt freshman LB Donavin Newsom was there to hold him for no gain. Next, Franklin rolled the pocket, and hit sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham in stride, but it was ruled that Green-Beckham didn't get a foot in bounds on the sideline grab, so the point went to the defense on the play. Redshirt freshman QB Maty Mauk came in for a few snaps, and misfired on his first two attempts, before hooking up with senior WR Jaleel Clark for a gain of 15 yards.
Next up, it was the #1 defense squaring off with the #2 offense, and sophomore QB Corbin Berkstresser completed a pair of short passes to Clark and junior WR Darius White for first downs. When the reserve units went at it, sophomore TB Tyler Hunt continued his strong camp as he produced a couple of nice runs, with the first going up the gut, and his second around the edge for a gain of over 25 yards. Later, freshman QB Eddie Printz hit redshirt freshman TE Sean Culkin for a gain of 15 yards. Later when the #1 offense and #1 defense went against each other, the score was tied at 4-4 for the period, with three plays to decide the winner. Murphy carried on the first play for five yards and a first down to give the offense a 5-4 lead. But Franklin couldn't connect on a long go route with senior WR L'Damian Washington (just missing his outstretched hands on what would have been a gain of some 40 yards), and on the final play, Mauk had a pass deflected at the line of scrimmage and fell incomplete to give the defense a 6-5 period win.
That was followed by the #2 units scrimmaging, and highlights there included a tough middle run by redshirt freshman TB Morgan Steward for about 7 yards, and a nice burst off tackle by sophomore TB Russell Hansbrough for about 12 more. Junior DE Markus Golden got in the backfield quickly for a touch sack of Mauk to spur the defense, while sophomore CB David Johnson made a nice hit to jar the ball loose and force an incomplete pass from Mauk to junior WR Jimmie Hunt.
For the final period, the offense held a 3-2 lead and it came down to the #1 units facing each other one last time. After a Franklin keeper for five yards, junior SS Braylon Webb came up big, as he knocked down a couple of passes on consecutive plays to tie the score at four apiece. After a fumble by the offense followed by an incompletion, the defense held a 7-4 lead. Mauk came in and hit Steward on a check-down route for a gain of eight yards, but Mauk misfired on the last play, throwing incomplete down the seam, and the defense took an 8-5 win which closed out the day.
The biggest cheer of the day came in the post-practice breakdown of the team, when Head Coach Gary Pinkel announced that afternoon meetings were being adjusted so that the team could go to the movies. Primary cinematic options included the films Grown Ups 2 and Two Guns.
Mizzou will hold a Wednesday morning practice, with that serving as the final preparation for the second major scrimmage of fall camp, set to take place Thursday morning at Faurot Field. Stay tuned to www.MUTigers.com for continuing coverage of Mizzou's 2013 fall camp!
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