Camp Quick Hitters: Tuesday Practice

Some quick notes from the Tigers Tuesday morning practice as they enter their second day in full pads and first day of two-a-days in the early going of pre-season camp.

The Missouri Tigers hit the practice field this morning for their second day in full pads and their first day of two-a-days on tap for them.

The defense appears ahead of the offense overall and held the lead for most of the day with the offense rallying at the end.

The quarterbacks seemed to struggle a little bit on the day. However, a lot of that has to do with how good the defense looked. The Tiger D-line puts constant pressure on and you saw good coverage from the backs and linebackers.

At the end in 11 on 11 both James Franklin and Corbin Berkstresser made some nice touchdown throws to Jerrell Jackson and Jimmie Hunt.

The last play was a really nice throw for a touchdown in the back of the end zone made by Corbin off his back foot falling away under pressure. He put it right on the money and showed his arm strength and skill.

The Tigers spent a lot of time on the running game. We'll see as practice goes on what stays and what doesn't in the offense. It definitely helps the defense prepare if nothing else.

A lot of work on the option today.

Kendial Lawrence and Henry Josey both displayed their speed and quickness. Lawrence looks stronger then in the past couple of years.

Running back Greg White had a very good good day and looks like he can help the team this year. He has really improved his pass catching ability  and provides a nice change of pace with his size and power to go along with his quickness.

The usual suspects stood out at receiver. Moe, Jackson, Sasser, Hunt, Leftwich and Eric Waters joined them having a nice day and making some catches and showing his speed after the catch.

Hunt is making a case again for playing time. He is getting more reps with the 3's since McGaffie is out. He is elusive after the catch, but sometimes needs to be told to get up field rather then trying to run East and West.

Chris Freeman was back and did well early but seems like he was a little under the weather as practice went on. He did beat Kony Ealy in a board drill.

All of the offensive lineman stood out for the most part during board drills. Big brother Dan Hoch had an easy time with younger brother Matt. Elvis Fisher and Anthony Gatti also looked good in the drill.

The offensive line looks very solid with 2-deep.

The defensive line continues to look strong. Terrell Resonno had a good day winning his board drill and during 11 on 11. He and Hamilton both look like future NFL players.

Zaviar Gooden was flying around today. Will Ebner might have had his stronger day both against the run and the pass.

Younger linebackers Darvin Ruise, Donovan Bonner, Kentrell Brothers and Brandon Durant provide some nice athleticism among the LB corps and should provide some nice depth behind Gooden, Lambert and Wilson. Durant had an interception on the day.

Tiger defensive backs more then held their own in 1 on 1's with EJ Gaines and Kip Edwards leading the way. They are providing blanket coverage while being physical.

Randy Ponder continues to impress and help his cause.

Red-shirt freshman cornerback Xavier Smith also had a nice day and stood out.

Tavon Bolden had a pock on the day.

Again, like with the linebacker position, the Tigers appear to be building some athletic depth at both safety and cornerback. Cortland Browning, Ernest Payton and David Johnson are all good looking prospects.


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