Mizzou's Rushing Attack Picks Up Steam in Final Fall Scrimmage



Aug. 21, 2014


COLUMBIA, Mo. - The 24th-ranked Mizzou Tiger football team closed its 2014 training camp with its final pre-season scrimmage of the fall, held Thursday morning on a sun-splashed Faurot Field. There was no team scoring kept today, as the starters had limited action to give way for the reserves to get more reps.

Thursday saw three touchdowns from scrimmage, with two coming from an effective ground game, while the defense turned in a long fumble return for a score against the #1 offense. Offensive scores came from junior TB Russell Hansbrough, who raced 55 yards untouched down the right seam for an early score against the #2 defense, while the other rushing TD came from freshman TB Trevon Walters, from one yard out. Hansbrough would end the day with 66 yards on 3 carries, while Walters tallied 23 yards on 4 attempts. Fellow backfield mates Marcus Murphy and Ish Witter also had productive days, as Murphy averaged over 10 yards per attempt - going for 54 yards on just 5 carries - while Witter gained a scrimmage-best 67 yards on 7 tries.

The defensive highlight of the day came early in the scrimmage when freshman LB Eric Beisel corralled a fumble by QB Maty Mauk, and ran untouched 52 yards for a score. Mauk was trying to dump the ball off in the flat on the play, but couldn't hold onto the ball when he attempted to tuck the ball back in. The ball went behind the line of scrimmage, making it a live fumble, and Beisel was off to the races.

Sophomore DT Harold Brantley had a disruptive day, as he was credited with a pair of quarterback sacks for the defense, while junior safety Ian Simon also forced a fumble by the #2 offense early on Thursday.

Today's scrimmage marked the close of training camp, and the Tigers will be off from practice on Friday. They'll hit the practice field again on Saturday morning as they begin to install the game plan for the 2014 season opener on Aug. 30th against South Dakota State.

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Scoring Plays
Russell Hansbrough 55 rush
Trevon Walters 1 rush

Maty Mauk - 4-of-11, 28 yards
Corbin Berkstresser - 7-of-12, 51 yards
Eddie Printz - 9-of-12, 115 yards
Marvin Zanders - 2-of-3, 17 yards

Russell Hansbrough - 3-66, 1 TD
Tyler Hunt - 5-23
Marcus Murphy - 5-54
Ish Witter - 7-63
Trevon Walters - 4-23, 1 TD
Maty Mauk - 1-12
Eddie Printz - 1-1
Miles Drummond - 4-15
Marvin Zanders - 1-3

Thomas Richard - 3-19
Lawrence Lee - 2-28
Jason Reese - 2-17
Wesley Leftwich - 2-15
Marcus Murphy - 2-15
Clayton Echard - 2-13
Trevon Walters - 1-39
Nate Brown - 1-15
Kendall Blanton - 1-13
DeSean Blair - 1-9
Levi Copelin - 1-7
Sean Culkin - 1-7
Darius White - 1-6
Jake Brents - 1-4

Field Goals
Andrew Baggett - 6-of-7, (Makes: 39, 43, 47, 32, 36, 43/ Misses: 39)
Nick Coffman - 2-of-4 (Makes: 43, 36/ Misses: 32, 29)

Defensive Superlatives

Tackles For Loss
• 1 - Josh Augusta, Shane Ray, Tyler Hunt

QB Sacks
• 2 - Harold Brantley

Forced Fumbles
• 1 - Ian Simon

Recovered Fumbles
• 1 - Eric Beisel, 52 yards, TD

Passes Broken Up
• 1 - Kentrell Brothers, Braylon Webb, Anthony Sherrils



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