The Missouri Tigers held a shortened morning practice on Wednesday morning as they prepare for their 2nd scrimmage of fall camp tomorrow morning.
Coach Pinkel talked about just having them go in shorts and shells, but they decided to have the physical aspect of pull pads and just shorten the morning. They will have a practice in just shells this afternoon in advance of tomorrow's scrimmage.
The latest on the injury situation is that Coach Pinek expects to have most everyone back by next Tuesday. The one most likely not to be back then is C Travis Ruth who is wearing a boot.
Jimmy Burge was also getting some non contact work.
Jerrell Jackson looks like he is getting closer to returning.
Kenji Jackson looks to still show signs of his hamstring giving him trouble.
QB James Franklin had a terrific day! He was really on throwing the ball 20-25 yards downfield and threading the throws over corners and safeties to receivers.
Fans should feel pretty good about Franklin as the starting QB this year. He is showing signs of being a quality college quarterback, and I believe he will have the offense performing at a level equal to or above last year's offense.
Jimmy Costello continues to be steady. That is what he has going for him. He has turned around a slow start and is most consistent of the other QBs when it comes to not making mistakes.
Corbin Berkstresser got to work with the 1's and 2's this morning. Each day this week a different QB has gone to work with Franklin and those units. Today was Corbin's turn.
Marcus Lucas had another strong day. Lucas has had the best camp of all the young receivers to this point and should see a good amount of action this season. He has been getting open and been consistent catching the ball. He provides a nice red zone target.
Andrew Jones had a couple of touchdown catches. Jones is not going quietly entering his senior season and has looked very good during camp.
Justin Britt tweaked his ankle and had to come out for a series. When Britt was out Mark Hill came in at left guard and Dan Hoch moved down to left tackle with Jack Meiners coming in to play right tackle. Should Britt go down during the season I suspect that this would be the line-up minus Hill once Ruth comes back.
Jack Meiners is your 6th lineman and super-sub at every position except center for the offensive line.
Nick Demien had a nice day and things seem to be starting to click for him. He had a nice battle against strongman Brendan Donaldson beating him for the win in 1 on 1's. Patience looks like it will pay off with Demien if he continues to progress.
Young offensive lineman Connor McGovern and Taylor Chappell have been impressive early. McGovern has really taken to the center position. The veteran O-lineman are saying that this incoming group of McGovern, Chappell, Boddie and Brad McNulty have learned the offense and their roles faster then any other group of freshman.
The Sheldon watch continues as he impresses on a daily basis with his explosiveness, athleticism and strength. It makes you wonder what a full year in the Tiger strength and conditioning program will be able to do for him.
The trio of Hamilton, Resonno and Richardson should give the Tigers some nice push up the middle this year on defense.
Freshman D-Ends Shane Ray and Derrion Thomas continue to practice at a high level. They would be getting even more attention except for the tremendous talent ahead of them.
A full report is coming soon.