Camp Quick Hitters: Wednesday Morning

Some quick hits from the Missouri Tigers morning practice session as they had their most physical and competitive practice to date in the early going of pre-season camp

This morning's practice appeared to the most physical and most competitive practice to date in the early pre-season camp.

The offense and defense battled to the end with QB James Franklin picking up the win on the day for the offense in the last series of the day by hanging touch in the pocket to the last second and then delivering a strike to T.J. Moe who took it in for at touchdown.

Franklin followed up yesterday afternoon's strong performance with an almost equally strong morning. He does a a really good job of seeing the field,going through his progressions and finding the open man.

The battle for number 2 at quarterback seems to be heating up between Ashton Glaser and Corbin Berkstresser. Berkstresser has the talent but lacks the experience that Ashton brings.

Running back Greg White continues to be impressive and followed yesterday's strong performance with another one this morning. White is running with a purpose and brings a change of pace among the backs. He has also obviously worked really hard on his receiving skills and looks among the best of the backs early on.

Kerwin Stricker and Marcus Lucas made hay today with their play in the morning practice. Stricker looks the best he has since arriving at Missouri. He just needs to stay healthy.

Lucas is one of the young talents who need to see game action in 2011.

Coach Pinkel addressed his receiving corps and said that they would like to have a rotation of 7 in place in a few weeks.

No serious injuries to report. Jaleel Clark did wear red today.

The offensive line stayed the same as yesterday afternoon's practice.

Chris Freeman looked like he was feeling a little better today but had a trainer watching him closely.

Hamilton, Madison and Ealy continue to seem almost un-blockable  for the most part. The defensive front looks special.

The battle for middle linebacker is heating up between Luke Lambert and Will Ebner. They appear to be co-#1's at the position, with Ebner stepping up his play and looking very good on the day. His pass coverage has really improved and it looks like it will be a battle all season between the two.

The starting cornerbacks Edwin Gaines and Kip Edwards make life difficult for Jerrell Jackson and Wes Kemp trying to get open. Just great man coverage by those two.

Randy Ponder continues to work for more playing time this season. He has possibly been the most consistent corner behind Gaines and Edwards in camp.

True freshman David Johnson continues to also be impressive.

The Tigers worked on special teams and are searching for a kick returner to emerge with the absence of Marcus Murphy who was going to be the guy.

Same thing in regards to punt returner.

The staff would like to have someone in place as soon as possible.

A full report is coming soon.

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