Fast Start Propels Defense to Victory in Second Fall Scrimmage

MUTIGERS.COM DE Brad Madison had a pair of sacks Thursday.
DE Brad Madison had a pair of sacks Thursday.

Aug. 16, 2012

A fast start propelled the defense to an 18-4 victory Thursday morning over their offensive counterparts in the second major scrimmage of fall camp for the Missouri Tiger football team. Playing on Faurot Field, the defense controlled play early, and got a pair of takeaways from the #1 offense to forge a big lead.

A fumbled C/Q exchange from their own 2-yardline got things off to a tough start by the #1 offense on Thursday. DT Marvin Foster corralled the fumble as the #2 defense got off the field quickly. One series later, QB James Franklin moved the offense to a first down, but then was intercepted by S Ian Simon at the 45-yardline, as Simon had tight coverage on the intended receiver, Gahn McGaffie. Those miscues accounted for four total turnovers by the offense, as reserve DB Tyler Davis and S Clarence Green both added interceptions later in the day, with Davis racing 51 yards the other way for a touchdown against the #3 offense.

The Tiger offense was playing Thursday without 10 members of its unit, due to injuries, including four projected starters coming into camp. Among those sitting out were WR T.J. Moe (hamstring), WR L'Damian Washington (shoulder), OL Justin Britt (foot), OL Travis Ruth (pectoral-season), WR Jimmie Hunt (foot), WR Rolandis Woodland (toe), TB Greg White (shoulder), TE Sean Culkin (finger), TB Henry Josey (knee) and OL Taylor Chappell (knee-season).

Regardless, the defense seized the opportunity and cruised to the win, thanks to a stout day from the #1 unit, which did not allow more than a handful of first downs, despite missing the services of LB Will Ebner (neck), CB Kip Edwards (knee), and DT Matt Hoch (hamstring), while DT Lucas Vincent (ankle) and DT Evan Winston (head) also were held out due to injuries.

After connecting on just three of his first seven passes, Franklin found his rhythm and finished 16-of-25 passing for 177 yards and one touchdown, which capped an outstanding two-minute drill. After moving the offense quickly from their own 35-yardline against the #2 defense, Franklin hit WR Marcus Lucas on an 11-yard touchdown, one of four catches (41 yards) on the day for Lucas. Franklin later led the #1 offense one more time in the same situation, and took them downfield to the 10-yardline, where PK Andrew Baggett kicked a simulated game-winning field goal from 28 yards out. Franklin converted three third downs on the key drive.

Meanwhile, the #1 defense stymied the #2 offense into a four-and-out possession in two-minute drill work, after they earlier had held the #1 offense out of the endzone, forcing a field goal, in red zone work.

CB Randy Ponder broke up a pair of passes in the scrimmage, while defensive ends Brad Madison (2 sacks) and Kony Ealy (2 tackles for loss) both created havoc for most of the day. LB Donovan Bonner, seeing snaps with the #1 defense, was very active as well, as he broke up a pass and added a tackle for loss.

QB Corbin Berkstresser led the #2 offense to a pair of scores in red zone work against the #3 defense. In one stretch, he hit freshman WR Dorial Green-Beckham on three straight passes, going for gains of 17, 17 and 16 yards each. Green-Beckham ended the day with scrimmage best totals of 6 receptions for 68 yards. The two scoring drives ended in touchdown runs by a pair of freshman tailbacks. Russell Hansbrough, who didn't play in scrimmage #1 due to an ankle injury, continued his impressive play Thursday, as he ran 6 times for 39 yards and a 5-yard touchdown. Fellow rookie Morgan Steward had the other scoring run, as he plunged in from 4 yards out to cap a 7-carry, 18-yard day.

Freshman QB Maty Mauk also added a scoring strike, when he connected with freshman TE Brandon Holifield on an 8-yard touchdown against the #3 defense early in the day.

Senior PK/P Trey Barrow had an outstanding day, as he averaged 41.25 yards on 4 punts (pinning 2 of them inside the 20-yardline), while he also made all six of his field goal tries - connecting on two kicks of 44 yards or more.

The Tigers return to practice Friday with a pair of workouts scheduled. They'll have a single session Saturday morning, and then take a two-day break as the 2012 fall semester gets underway Monday morning. Practice will resume on Tuesday, and that leads up to the final major scrimmage of fall camp, set for a week from today.

Stay tuned to for continuing coverage of fall camp!

Columbia, Mo. - Official statistics for today's scrimmage, won by the defense, 18-4...

Scoring Description
•Tyler Davis 51 interception return
•Brandon Holifield 8 pass from Maty Mauk
•Russell Hansbrough 5 run
•Morgan Steward 4 run
•Marcus Lucas 11 pass from James Franklin

PASSING STATISTICS Tiger Comp. Att. Yds. TD Int. James Franklin 16 25 177 1 1 Corbin Berkstresser 9 22 97 0 0 Maty Mauk 10 22 118 1 1 Eric Laurent 4 6 30 0 1 Brock Bondurant 1 2 8 0 0 TOTALS 40 77 430 2 3

RECEIVING STATISTICS Tiger Rec. Yds. TD Dorial Green-Beckham 6 68 0 Gahn McGaffie 5 42 0 Bud Sasser 4 63 0 Marcus Lucas 4 41 1 Brandon Holifield 3 43 1 Darius White 3 36 0 Marcus Murphy 3 13 0 Kyle Peasel 2 29 0 Jaleel Clark 2 27 0 Eric Waters 1 16 0 Brandon Colbert 1 12 0 Kendial Lawrence 1 10 0 Miles Drummond 1 8 0 Russell Hansbrough 1 7 0 Tyler Hunt 1 7 0 Kerwin Stricker 1 5 0 Joe Plevel 1 3 0 TOTALS 40 430 2



FIELD GOALS Tiger FG-FGA Makes Misses Andrew Baggett 3-7 38, 30, 28 48, 44, 34, 24 Trey Barrow 6-6 48, 44, 38, 34, 24, 30

RUSHING STATISTICS Tiger Att. Yds. TD Corbin Berkstresser 3 43 0 Russell Hansbrough 6 39 1 Kendial Lawrence 7 39 0 Morgan Steward 7 18 1 Marcus Murphy 7 13 0 Maty Mauk 4 9 0 James Franklin 1 5 0 Eric Laurent 1 4 0 Levi Copelin 2 4 0 Jared McGriff-Culver 1 3 0 Miles Drummond 3 2 0 Tyler Hunt 1 0 0 TOTALS 43 179 2

INTERCEPTIONS Tiger INTs Yds. TD Tyler Davis 1 51 1 Ian Simon 1 0 0 Clarence Green 1 0 0

DEFENSIVE SUPERLATIVES Tackles For Loss - Kony Ealy (2), Zaviar Gooden (1), Donovan Bonner (1), Jimmy Burge (1), Derrion Thomas (1).

QB Sacks - Brad Madison (2), Clayton Echard (1), Brayden Burnett (1).

Passes Broken Up - Randy Ponder (2), Donovan Bonner (1), Andrew Wilson (1), Michael Scherer (1), Kony Ealy (1).

Recovered Fumbles - Marvin Foster (1).

Blocked Kicks - Sheldon Richardson (1).

PUNTING Tiger Punts-Yds. Avg. I-20 Trey Barrow 4-165 41.25 2 Christian Brinser 4-169 42.25 1

Here were some quotes from Head Coach Gary Pinkel on today's action:

Head Coach Gary Pinkel Quotes Scrimmage #2 - 08/16/12

Opening Statement... "Overall there was a lot of good work here. As we always do, I think (there's) a lot of things we can learn from. The defense dominated the scrimmage, we've got a lot of guys out on offense, we've got to get them back, and I think we'll get most of them back which will help us. There's a sense of urgency of getting better as a team and certainly the backup players. We got a lot of guys in the scrimmage today, freshmen receivers with the No. 1 offense at times, so I think we'll learn a lot from this and that's the most important thing. The clock's ticking. Saturday when we wake up is 14 days. We recognize that and have to make sure we get better."

On getting the injured guys back up to game speed... "We'll be ready to go, it'll just be nice to get everyone back. You saw the list, this is the most red since I've ever been here. Bottom line is it'll be nice to get them back and get them in and compete and get the continuity back. I think the most important thing is the continuity of playing together as a unit."

On the pass rush... "There are some real mismatches in terms of experience, the younger players and older players, so on and so forth. I think we have some talented guys up front, got some pretty good players, so I can't really take that away from them, but I think we all recognize that we've got a lot of work to do."

On QB James Franklin's improvement at the end of the scrimmage... "It was a little bit like Kansas State last year, or Kansas last year, where he wasn't playing very well and all of the sudden he looks like he's going to be First Team All-SEC. That's disappointing. We'll talk to James about that. He's capable of being a great football player, we just need more consistency from beginning to end. We have to get that cleared up. That's his responsibility as the Missouri quarterback to do that."

On WR Bud Sasser... "He's had a great camp, he's been really doing well, it was nice to see him making some plays. He's been pretty consistent. It's very typical of those guys, Eric Waters as well, those guys the last couple years were under the radar and all of the sudden they're starting to show up a little bit. We need that. There's a lot of competition at the receiver positions, a lot of competition. There are a lot of guys who are normally on those first two teams who weren't even out there today, so it'll be interesting to see how the whole thing sorts out but it should be very competitive."

On WR Dorial Green-Beckham and RB Russell Hansbrough's performances... "Dorial dropped the first one, after that he made a bunch of catches. He made a tough one-handed catch and ran with the ball a little afterwards. Russell's got great quickness. That's all positive. Anytime you're a freshman, the most difficult thing is to not be thinking out there. You're out there, you've got to know your what your formation is, what the play is, the defense, so generally you don't play your speed. I remember J-Mac (Jeremy Maclin), we were constantly on him to play 4.3. Don't play 4.6, play 4.3. It's typical of young guys, so that's what we're trying to get those guys to understand."

On the running game... "We don't do an evaluation of the running game, it's more so an evaluation of the personnel, and running the play right. I don't really look at it that way, in terms of `concern about the running game.' When we get all our guys back in there, our players are going to play for us and get healthy there, then you've got to establish yourself and see where you're at from there."

On the defensive end battle... "We've got a lot of guys who can rotate out there. Shane Ray's doing a good job of that, Brayden Burnett, Michael Sam. We're fortunate to have some guys who can rotate and keep guys fresh and get a lot of people out there. And really, we do that with the (defensive) tackles too, we try to rotate and keep guys fresh. We're fortunate in that we can play a lot of guys and the more guys you can play the fresher you'll be."

On moving linemen inside and outside... "We'll have a package in for that, for sure. We can back Sheldon Richardson off, and he can run real well. We can have Sheldon as an end sometimes. There's a lot of things we can do and we will have some package in so we can have our best pass rushers in in those situations."

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