Aug 17, 2013
Columbia, Mo. - Saturday morning marked the 16th practice of the Missouri Tiger football team's 2013 fall camp. It also marked the last time the offensive and defensive units would square off in the competitive scoring system which awarded a winning side each day.
With the overall camp score tied coming into Saturday, the stakes were high, and the entire camp championship came down to the final period of play. The offense won the final period, thanks in large part to a nifty cutback run by sophomore TB Russell Hansbrough that went for a 25-yard touchdown, but in the end, sophomore PK Andrew Baggett was called to try a 45-yard field goal attempt that would decide the whole ball of wax.
With the offense kneeling and holding hands on the sideline, just as they would for a last-second kick in a real game, and the defense yelling and screaming to cause distraction, Baggett calmly drilled the kick through the uprights, setting off a big celebration by the offense.
When the final period started, the #1 offense went up against the #2 defense, and senior QB James Franklin got things off to a quick start, with consecutive completions to WR Dorial Green-Beckham and WR Marcus Lucas totaling 15 yards for a first down and a 2-0 lead. Two plays later, a completion to Lucas for 10 more yards made it 3-1, and then Hansbrough burst through a hole on the left, cut hard to the left sideline, and outraced everyone to the end zone for a 25-yard touchdown and a 5-1 lead.
When the #1 defense came out to face the #2 offense, it needed a turnover or two to get back in the game, and while LB Andrew Wilson and DT Matt Hoch both had tackles for loss in the series, QB Maty Mauk helped keep the offense in control as he had completions of eight yards to WR Jaleel Clark and 12 yards to WR Jimmie Hunt.
Earlier in the day, in clock burning scrimmaging, tailbacks Henry Josey and Russell Hansbrough each had nice runs against the #1 defense, while the #2 defense got a quick stop against the #2 offense. Later, junior safety Daniel Easterly had an interception and long return for the defense, and that was followed by a run of 40 yards by TB Tyler Hunt, and a beautiful diving catch in the end zone by WR Eric Laurent for a 25-yard touchdown from QB Eddie Printz.
After practice ended, Missouri Governor Jay Nixon spoke to the team, and Missouri's First Fan gave a talk about what it means to be a Missouri Tiger, and other insights about teamwork and leadership. He was accompanied by members of his security team of course, one of them including former Tiger LB Jeff Gettys.
Former Tiger standout WR Leo Lewis was at practice today and watched the team go through its workout. Lewis lettered at Mizzou from 1975-78 and caught 82 passes for 1,043 yards and nine touchdowns in his Tiger career, which preceded a long NFL career, where he played 11 seasons (10 with Minnesota). Lewis played in 143 NFL games, and caught 182 passes for 2,924 yards and 16 touchdowns.
The Tigers will have two days off before getting back to the practice field for afternoon workouts Tuesday and Wednesday, which will precede the final scrimmage of fall camp on Thursday. Stay tuned to www.MUTigers.com for continuing coverage of Mizzou's 2013 fall camp.
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