Camp Quick Hitters: Monday Morning

The Missouri Tigers hit the field for a physical practice on Monday morning and suffered another tough loss to injury as gives you the quick hits from today's morning practice.

p>The Missouri Tigers came out for a physical practice on Monday morning following their first scrimmage on Saturday.

More bad news on the injury front as starting left tackle Elvis Fisher went out with what looks like a serious knee injury. Fisher was helped off the field and Coach Pinkel addressed it after practice saying they will know more after an MRI, but that he felt bad for Elvis and that it appeared serious without knowing specifics just yet.

Thoughts at practice seemed to indicate that it may be a season ending injury. If so, Fisher would not be eligible for a medical red-shirt.

In Elvis' absence Justin Britt slid out to play LT while Jack Meiners moved over to LG and play with the first team.

Meiners was playing LG because starting LG Jayson Palmgren was playing C due to starting C Travis Ruth being sidelined with an injury. Ruth was wearing a boot today, but Pinkel said that expected Ruth to return a week from tomorrow.

In other injury news, Coach Pinkel said that he expected DE Brad Madison (shoulder) and S Kenji Jackson (hamstring) back within a week. He also said that he thought that WR Jerrell Jackson would be back before that. Madison may be fitted for a harness.

Offensively, James Franklin looked sharp again today. It looks like Jimmy Costello has moved to the #2 spot at QB ahead of Ashton Glaser, although nothing official regarding the depth chart has been released. However, from the looks of today;s practice, Costello is at least tied with Glaser for #2 behind Franklin.

Kendial Lawrence followed up his big scrimmage on Saturday with another strong practice. Lawrence looks to be poised for a breakout season at this point.

There was some movement at the wide receiver positions.

Brandon Gerau was #1 at the X-receiver spot with Marcus Lucas being #2.

L'Damian Washington and Bud Sasser have moved over to the Z-receiver spot being both #2 and #3 behind Wes Kemp, who returned from a hip pointer that made him leave Saturday;s scrimmage.

Gahn McGaffie was back in action as the #2 guy at the H-receiver position, with Jimmie Hunt being the #3 man there.

These moves, if they stay this way, looks like it will set up the young 2010 recruits to have their best chance at playing time after there being a logjam at certain spots.

Sheldon Richardson has moved quickly to the #3 spot at defensive tackle behind Terrell Resonno and Marvin Foster.

Sheldon continued to look strong in 11 on 11 play with 2 tackles for loss. Sheldon is a tough to keep out of the offensive backfield with his quickness and athleticism.

Lucas Vincent moved to 2nd team behind Dominique Hamilton and looked solid today. Vincent also had a good scrimmage on Saturday. Regular 2nd team NT Jimmy Burge is out still with a concussion.

There was also some movement at DE with Michael Sam moving over to the weak-side in Madison's absence to play with the 1's and Brayden Burnett, coming off a strong scrimmage performance, has moved over there with him and looks to possibly be a co-#1 for the time being.

Burnett has upped his game and is pushing for playing time this year as defensive end continues to be one of the positions of strength for Missouri.

Kony Ealy has switched sides also and is playing #2 behind Jacquies Smith. Not sure if this is so that he will push Smith for the starting spot or if he is in the doghouse somehow.

Freshman LB Kentrell Brothers has moved ahead of Jared Parham to the #3 spot at middle linebacker for the Tigers. Brothers has been one of the standouts among the freshman class and could push to play some this year.

CB Randy Ponder played a lot with the 2nd team splitting time with Robert Steeples. Ponder has had a strong camp to this point.

With 5 current starters out with injuries, the Tigers will have a light practice this afternoon.

Full report coming soon.

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