Camp Notebook: Defense Wins Practice #16

DE Michael Sam

Aug. 17, 2011

Columbia, Mo. - Practice number 16 of pre-season camp went to the defense, as the Missouri Tigers continued preparations for their Sept. 3rd opener against Miami, Ohio. Wednesday morning's workout took place in full pads and under overcast conditions at Faurot Field. The Tiger defense got the win - which tied the overall camp score at four wins apiece - and also claimed the black jerseys for tomorrow's second scrimmage in the process.

With the second big scrimmage looming, the action was shorter on Wednesday, lasting less than two hours. Additionally, the scheduled second practice for Wednesday afternoon was called off, and the team will be heading to the movie theaters to see either "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" or "30 Minutes or Less."

Here were some highlights from today's 11-on-11 action...

The #1 defense was dominant early on when the top offense started near its own goalline, holding the offense to only short gains on several passes and run attempts. On one play, DE Michael Sam filled a gap and wrapped up TB De'Vion Moore for little to no gain. On another snap, QB James Franklin connected with TE Michael Egnew on a quick out, but LB Zaviar Gooden was right there to stop the play and hold Egnew to a short gain...

Next, the teams flipped sides, with the offense taking over inside the red zone, near the 10-yardline. The second-string offense, led by QB Jimmy Costello, got the edge early. On consecutive plays, Costello found TE Andrew Jones on slants for touchdowns against the top defense. The defenders bounced back however, and forced an incompletion on the next snap, then DT Dominique Hamilton ended the series with a big hit on TB Greg White in the backfield, jarring the ball loose on the play. The offense recovered the fumble for a loss, but Hamilton's play was a big one...



The number one offense lined up at the 10 next against the number two defense, and Franklin found Egnew in the flat for a 10-yard touchdown, and that duo connected again on the next snap for a gain just shy of the goalline. After pressure forced a throwaway on the next snap, TB De'Vion Moore burst through a huge hole in the middle created by his offensive line for a 1-yard touchdown...

In the final sequence, the number ones squared off from inside the 10-yardline. Highlights included a tackle for loss by DE Michael Sam and LB Will Ebner, followed by a nice piece of running by TB Greg White, who danced around initial backfield congestion and got around the right edge for a 2-yard touchdown run...

Stay tuned to for official statistics and recaps of tomorrow's big scrimmage at Faurot Field.

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