Camp Quick Hitters: Day One

The Missouri Tigers opened their 2011 pre-season camp today and ShowmeMizzou.com has some quick hits from the first day with the full in-depth report to follow.

Because we know you hunger for info as much as we do, ShowMeMizzou.com will have camp quick hitters following practice, and then a full detailed report coming shortly after then.

The biggest news from the first day of camp was that sophomore running back Marcus Murphy did not participate and will be out for the season with a shoulder injury that may require surgery. Coach Pinkel said after practice that Murphy would definitely red-shirt.

One of the biggest questions heading into the day was whether the long awaited sighting of Sheldon Richardson would happen, even though it was known that he would not be practicing with the team. No sign of Richardson who is still waiting to see if he will be eligible to play this year.

Quarterback James Franklin looked good leading the team as the starter. He did a good job in drills and looked good running things in 7 on 7 and 11 on 11. Franklin throws a very catchable ball.

True freshman Corbin Berkstresser showed off his ability and strong arm in 7 on 7 making all the throws and has a lot of zip on his passes. He struggled a little more in 11 on 11 action when reading defenses became a little more difficult.

Ashton Glaser had a very good first day and looks ready to compete for the second team job.

The running backs all looked good. Kendial Lawrence perhaps looks ready to separate himself from the rest of the pack. There seemed to be a little daylight with his overall performance and the other back. Although it is only the first day. Lawrence looks the best he has since arriving at Missouri.

Receiver Jerrell Jackson looked good and caught everything thrown his way.

Moe and Egnew were their usual selves. Of the young receivers, Sasser and Leftwich stood out.

Some guys who had drops were Kemp and Woodland.

The offensive line looks like it could be one of the best ever at Missouri. All appear in the best shape of their careers and ready to roll.

The second team is the best during Gary Pinkel's tenure. All look capable of stepping up if needed and depth should be a strength along the offensive line.

Chris Freeman almost looks svelte.

The defensive line put a lot of pressure on the QBs during drills.

Kony Ealy continues to get better looking as a player all the time. Again, you see more depth at that position then in years past.

The incoming freshman are very impressive.

LB Kentrell Brothers had 2 picks on the day and brings a lot of energy to the MLB position.

Two freshman who stood out with their athleticism are defensive backs Cortland Browning and David Johnson.

A full camp report and breakdown is on it's way.


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