Tigers Hold Single Session Wednesday as Scrimmage #2 Looms

MUTIGERS.COM WR Gahn McGaffie had a big practice Wednesday morning.
WR Gahn McGaffie had a big practice Wednesday morning.

Aug. 15, 2012

Columbia, Mo. -

The Mizzou Tiger football team held a scaled-back practice in full pads Wednesday morning, as the team makes final preparations for the second major scrimmage of fall camp, set for Thursday morning at Faurot Field/Memorial Stadium.  The Tigers worked out for an hour-and-a-half today on the Kadlec Athletic Fields, and afterward, they were treated with the news that the afternoon practice was called off in order to allow the team to go to the movies.  They will have the choice of seeing either The Bourne Legacy, or The Campaign.

One day after giving up their stronghold of the black jerseys, the defense came back with a strong day to claim the win.  Once again, it was a tight competition down to the final period, but the defense won the last stretch to claim a two-point win.

A few highlights of the day included:

With the #1 offense backed up inside its own 5-yardline, and going against the #1 defense, DE Kony Ealy and SS Kenronte Walker made tackles for loss on consecutive snaps, but the offense rallied to win the period.  QB James Franklin found WR Gahn McGaffie on a nicely-timed out route on the sideline for a gain of 15 yards, and that was followed by TB Jared McGriff-Culver going off left tackle for a gain of about 10 yards.  With the score in the period tied at 5-5, and facing a 3rd-and-8 from their 3-yardline, the offense hit one last play to win the period, as Franklin again found McGaffie, this time on a sit-down route down the seam for a gain of 18 yards.

Heading into the last period of the day, the defense held a one-point lead, and play started with the #1 defense going against the #2 offense.  The defense won the first four plays to take a 4-0 lead.  DT Sheldon Richardson was involved in a couple plays, one in which he met TB Russell Hansbrough in the backfield for a loss.  Next up, the #1 offense came out against the #2 defense, and Franklin again hit McGaffie for a 5-yard gain, but DE Brad Madison stayed home on the next play to snuff out an off-tackle run by TB Kendial Lawrence, holding him to no gain.



When the #3 units came out for action, LB Markus Golden, just a couple days into his Tiger career, continued to show his abilities, as he broke up a pass over the middle.  Later, DE Brayden Burnett got free for a touch sack of QB Maty Mauk, and Hansbrough showed nice strength as he burst through a line of tacklers to score a touchdown from 4 yards out.  DB Ka’Ra Stewart also grabbed an interception in the endzone on a nice read of an attempted corner route.

Former Tiger TE great Tim Bruton was in attendance Wednesday morning.  Bruton lettered at Mizzou from 1987-90, and caught 97 passes for 1,286 yards and 7 touchdowns, averaging 13.3 yards per catch in his Tiger career.

Stay tuned to www.mutigers.com for official stats of tomorrow’s important scrimmage #2!

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