The Missouri Tiger football team does not take it's summers off, even in 100 degree weather, as yesterday members of the media were allowed to watch player organized 7 on 7 and 11 on 11 workouts held twice a week during the summer by players who stay in Columbia and dedicate themselves to improving for the upcoming season.
ShowMeMizzou.com was there and saw a lot of good things to pass along to you.
Sophomore starting QB James Franklin continues to improve and looked very comfortable in his new role. Franklin seems to have improved his leadership skills from a vocal standpoint and was the most assertive both in that area and in directing and teaching his teammates the plays and where everyone needed to be. His teammates afterward echoed those sentiments and spoke about his improving take charge attitude and being a more vocal leader.
He took a lot of time with incoming freshman Corbin Berkstresser to offer instruction and advice during the workout.
Physically, James threw the ball well hitting his targets with regularity more often then not. He also showed good decision making and continues to improve on his accuracy.
Ashton Glaser also looked good. He led his squad down the field and also looked more comfortable then I have seen him in the past in his role.
Corbin Berkstresser continues to look very impressive. While he might not be ready to compete for the starting job this year, he might be the quarterback with the best overall tools on the team this year. He doesn't look like your average freshman QB with his size, arm strength and accuracy. The ball flies off his hand with great velocity and gets to the receiver in a hurry. He is accurate, has a quick release and made some throws that are difficult for veteran QBs. He also made good decisions and only threw one pick that I saw. His future is bright as a Tiger.
Jimmy Costello is a veteran whose experience will be counted on if not his ability on the field. He looked like the seasoned vet out there on the day.
The Tigers will have some nice weapons at tailback to use in the passing game. As a group the backs all show the ability to catch the ball out of the backfield or line up outside and be solid receivers. Pick one and they can get the job done.
Kendial Lawrence looks like he will have some added strength to his game this year.
The usual suspects Engew and Moe were money on the field. Those two just seem to catch everything that is thrown their way. They also stay on the move after the catch.
Moe seems to be in great condition and seems faster then last year.
Egnew looks ready to have another monster season. He seems bigger but just as fast and athletic.
Andrew Jones looked good and made a few nice catches.
Bud Sasser had a really good day and looks like he needs to see the field. Sasser can get downfield and can make catches in traffic very well.
Marcus Lucas is another young receiver that looked good and caught my attention with some nice plays. He was a reliable set of hands that seemed to make plays on the day.
Jaleel Clark was on the receiving end of some nice passes thrown by Berkstresser on the day. Clark at times last fall camp looked like he might make a move but remained down the depth chart.
Wesley Leftwich continues to be impressive. He made a few nice catches and showed off his speed down field. He looks to be have the similar type of speed that a Maclin or Alexander had. Once he learns the game well enough and is ready he can hopefully make some big plays.
Elvis Fisher, who missed all of spring ball after surgery, was out there in 11 on 11 and looked good. He was moving well and showed no signs or effects from missing spring practice. good mobility and quickness going against Kony Ealy.
Dan Hoch looks in the best physical condition he has ever been in since arriving at Missouri. He looks leaner and more defined.
Mitch Morse got in some good work at center.
Dominique Hamilton showed no signs of the injury that ended his season last year with the broken ankle. It might sound like a broken record, but you can tell Hamilton has been putting in the hours in the weight room, and showed good quickness coming off the ball at the snap and good mobility. He was putting pressure up the middle on every play in 11 on 11.
Kony Ealy also stood out. He is bigger to go along with his speed and athleticism. He has really developed his upper body and looks stronger. He also made life difficult with his outside rush against the left tackle , which was mostly Elvis, in 11 on 11.
Terrell Resonno and Marvin Foster also caught my attention at the D-tackle spot.
Jacquies Smith looks ready for a strong senior season and Shane Ray also looks good for an incoming freshman.
Andrew Wilson did as well and while he is penciled in at the strong-side spot, he could be the best of the middle linebackers overall.
The Tigers need to find a way to clone Edwin Gaines. He looks ready to put his name out there as one of the best corners in the Big 12. Kip Edwards is also showing good things as were all the cornerbacks. Very competitive even though it's 7 on 7.
Other players were talking a lot about Kenji Jackson, who should have a great senior season as the veteran of the secondary.
Overall, this looks like the most athletic and best conditioned squad to date during the Gary Pinkel era. Despite the heat which was said to be in the 103 range, the players went all out on the field and worked hard to get better heading into pre-season camp which is only a few weeks away.
Below are some video highlights from the day