The Missouri Tigers practiced in full pads for the second straight day on Tuesday morning, a two-and-a-half-hour workout on Faurot Field, that focused quite a bit on the run game. As a result, it was pretty physical, and included some live action.
"I thought we did some good things today," said Coach Pinkel, following Tuesday morning's session. "Second day in a row in pads....................... You can always do better. That's what I told our team. You can always compete better. When you're tired, and sore, and you're trying to finish the practice the right way, that's when you need leadership, and that's when you've got to be able to compete........................... We've just got a long way to go to become a good football team."
There were no new injuries to report. Gahn McGaffie continued to wear the red jersey, as he recovers from a strained hamstring. Of course, Marcus Murphy is in street clothes, and will miss this season, as he recovers from shoulder surgery. Robert Steeples wore a red pull-over today, and went through some drills.
The offense came out with increased competitive intensity this morning, intent on avenging yesterday's loss to the defense, and gaining possession of the black jerseys for tomorrow. The offense won the day, after winning most of the early drills.
During the 9-on-9 run game segment, De'Vion Moore took a hand-off from James Franklin and cut back inside for positive yardage. Then, Moore took an inside hand-off and went around the right side. Luke Lambert turned him in, and Kenji Jackson came in and cleaned up. Kendial Lawrence ran around the right side. Again, Jackson was there to make the stop, after a short gain. Henry Josey took an inside hand-off, and started left. Brad Madison came across and brought him down for no gain.
T.J. Moe got behind Matt White for a reception in the back corner of the end zone during the 1-on-1 pass receiving drills. Michael Egnew beat Kip Edwards for a reception out along the left sideline. Brandon Gerau got a step on Kenronte Walker, then made a nice adjustment on the ball for a reception. Bud Sasser got real good separation from Tavon Bolden, and made a pretty fingertip grab in the end zone. Moore laid out, and made a diving reception, going against Will Ebner.
During the 1-on-1 pass-rush drill, Brendan Donaldson powered his way past Connor McGovern. Nick Demien stone-walled Corey Sudhoff. Robert Luce picked up a win over Donaldson. Michael Sam used a nice spin move to get past Chris Freeman. Jayson Palmgren stopped Dominique Hamilton. Shane Ray sped past Kyle Starke.
During 7-on-7s, Franklin hit Moe near the left hash for about 6 yards. Zaviar Gooden had Michael Egnew covered, so Franklin threw the football into the turf. Franklin pulled it down late, then took off up inside for a nice gain. Franklin hit Wes Kemp out along the left sideline, just in front of Kip Edwards. Franklin got a quick-hitter out to Moe near the numbers on the right side, for a first down. Franklin scrambled left, then got the ball to Moe out near the sideline.
Will Ebner got a finger on Glaser's pass, intended for Bud Sasser out along the right sideline, for the break-up. Glaser found Sasser down along the left hash for a first down. Nice throw and catch! Glaser found Sasser on a drag route. Sasser had beaten Andrew Wilson, coming all of the way across the field, to make the catch near the right sideline. Glaser overthrew Wesley Leftwich. Ponder was tight in coverage, and managed to slow Leftwich down.
Costello found Andrew Jones for a short gain out along the right side. Costello's pass attempt, intended for Jimmie Hunt, was low and behind. Hunt tried to come back, and went down for it, but the defender was right there, as well, and the ball fell incomplete. Costello found Dan Carpenter out along the right sideline for near first-down yardage. Later, Costello hit Eric Waters on a deep cross. Costello's pass attempt, intended for Andrew Jones, was thrown high, and got tipped into the air. Bolden made a diving interception.
Jaleel Clark laid out, trying to haul in a pass from Berkstresser. He had it briefly, but the ball came out when he hit the ground. Tony Randolph broke up Berkstresser's pass attempt, intended for Stephen Drain. Berkstresser showed off his arm strength with a completion to Gerau on a deep out to the wide side of the field. L'Damian Washington dropped Berkstresser's pass on a slant. Berkstresser's pass attempt, intended for Rolandis Woodland, was under-thrown. Robert Steeples had tight coverage. Berkstresser hit Leftwich on the slant for a nice gain.
During the 11-on-11 four-minute drill, Franklin pitched it to Kendial Lawrence for a nice gain on the right side. Franklin got it to Egnew in the right seam for another nice gain. De'Vion Moore took it over the left side for a first down. Dominique Hamilton and Gooden were there to make the tackle. Franklin rolled out to the right, then threw on the run to Kemp for a first down. Kemp made a nice finger-tip catch. Moore picked up three yards over the left side. On third-and-one, Lawrence ran inside for three-and-a-half. On the next play, Madison and Hamilton got into the backfield to stop Lawrence for a loss.
Glaser threw a quick out to L'Damian Washington, out along the left side, for a short gain. Josey took an inside hand-off and went around the right side for a first down. Greg White took a hand-off and plowed straight ahead for a first down. Coach Steckel really got on the defense, for allowing first downs. Kony Ealy came across the line of scrimmage and blew up the pitch play in the backfield. Ealy and Darvin Ruise stopped White for no gain on an inside run. Ealy's just all over the place! Xavier Smith came across, and stopped Jared Culver in the backfield.
Costello found Jimmie Hunt out in the right seam for a nice gain. Costello started left, kept it, and made his way up the left hash for a first down.
Dan Carpenter took a hand-off from Berkstresser and fought his way back to the line of scrimmage. Berkstresser fell on an errant snap. Tyler Hunt took a pitch from Berkstresser, and made it back to the line of scrimmage before Shane Ray, and Clarence Green ran him out of bounds.
During the Tiger drill, Woodland picked up a win over David Johnson. After a loud collision, Daniel Easterly held on for the win over Jimmie Hunt. Wes Kemp got low, and drove through Tavon Bolden's tackle. Marcus Lucas ran through Ian Simon's tackle.
In 11-on-11 action, Lawrence took a pitch from Franklin around the right side for a nice gain. Franklin pulled it down and picked his way through traffic for a first down. Franklin found Moe out along the right sideline for a first down. Franklin checked down to Moore, out in the left flat, and Moore picked up about three yards. Moore took it over the left side for a short gain. Hamilton and Lambert were there. Franklin found Moe out along the right sideline, just in front of Gooden. Later, Madison got good pressure on Franklin on successive plays, registering one sack and a hurry. Finally, Franklin dropped back, pulled it down, and ran up the middle into the end zone. Franklin hit Jerrell Jackson in the left corner of the end zone. Jackson had gotten behind Edwards.
Glaser found White with a swing pass out in the right flat. White does a nice job with the run-after-catch on those swing passes! White took a pitch from Glaser and sped up the right sideline for a first down before he was run out of bounds by a hoard of defenders. Glaser found Hunt on a 10-yard out.
Greg White beat Kenronte Walker on his route, took a pass near the left hash from Costello, then beat Walker again, as he took it into the end zone. Randy Ponder came across to tackle White after a short gain. Costello hit White on the slant. White took it in for another score. Costello found Eric Waters out along the left sideline for a first down.
Berkstresser rolled right, then unloaded the ball out of bounds. Berkstresser dropped it off to Carpenter for a nice gain. Berkstresser hit Kerwin Stricker out along the left sideline for a nice gain. Cortland Browning was one of the first ones there. Tyler Hunt took a swing pass from Berkstresser out along the left sideline for a short gain before David Johnson forced him out of bounds. Shane Ray and Brendan Donaldson got into the backfield and sacked Berkstresser.
Many of the same players continue to impress, and stand out. On defense, Madison, Hamilton and Ealy each had another good day. On offense, Greg White continues to impress, along with Sasser and Hunt. In general, the offense looked good today. There was one point during practice where someone remarked that the ball was rarely hitting the ground. Franklin, Glaser, and Berkstresser each had a good day, as did many of the receivers. Each of the top four TBs looked good today, and in the short-yardage situations, the offensive line gave the backs room to pick up first downs.
Coach Pinkel talked about red-shirting freshmen.
"We don't ever label any freshmen right now as a red-shirt," explained Coach Pinkel, referring to this point in camp. "We keep our eyes and ears open. We evaluate. We let that sort itself out......................... Our policy is, can you help our team win this year? If you can, then we're going to play you."
"There's a lot of criteria that it's based on," continued Coach Pinkel. "Maturity level. How well you learn your position. Your size and speed. Are you physically ready to compete? The depth. There's a lot of criteria that we look at."
The Tigers will be back at it this afternoon, and ShowMeMizzou.com will have a report this evening.