On Thursday afternoon, the Missouri Tigers closed fall camp with their third and final scrimmage, in which the offense prevailed by the score of 32-28. James Franklin led the number one offense to two scores against the first-team defense, in what amounted to a dress rehearsal for the season opener against Miami (OH) a week from Saturday.
There were several players who wore red jerseys, and sat out the scrimmage. Some of those held out were precautionary, and Coach Pinkel said that he hoped to have most of them back for this week. Among those who missed the scrimmage were Travis Ruth, Tavon Bolden, Kortland Webb, Eric Waters, Kerwin Stricker, Will Ebner, Kenji Jackson, Matt White, Jerrell Jackson, Austin Wuebbels, Zaviar Gooden, and Kip Edwards. In addition, Kentrell Brothers left the scrimmage with a sprained ankle. Gahn McGaffie, Bud Sasser, and Kendial Lawrence each limped off on their own accord.
Coach Pinkel said that this is the most players that he's ever had miss a scrimmage. He shared some of his thoughts about the scrimmage.
"I think overall, it was good work," said Coach Pinkel. "I thought we got real good work with the people that we wanted to get work. We're excited that camp is over. On Saturday morning, we'll start the Miami (OH) week. Our players are excited about that, are excited about playing a game, and getting into game week mode."
The format for this scrimmage was much different than the two previous scrimmages. This one was tilted more towards simulating game situations, creating somewhat of a game day feel.
Because of the numerous injuries, there was quite a bit of shuffling of players within the depth chart for this scrimmage. Notable moves included Marcus Lucas as the starter at the X WR position, and Bud Sasser back out at the Z WR, where he worked with the third-team offense. That allowed Jimmie Hunt to move up to third team at the H WR spot, and he took full advantage of his opportunity. Hunt had a big day catching the football, with 5 receptions for 98 yards, and a TD catch and run on a deep ball thrown down the right sideline.
Mark Hill moved into the starting line-up at right guard.
On the other side of the football, Braylon Webb continued to shine.
Besides Hunt, who made hay against the second and third team defenses, the star of the day was Franklin, who was sharp, and in charge, and crisp with his throws, completing 9 of 12 pass attempts, with 1 TD pass, as he smoothly directed the offense.
Kendial Lawrence took a hand-off from Franklin and worked his way up the right side for a first down, before E.J. Gaines got him down. With Dominique Hamilton right in his face, Franklin got the ball to Lucas on an inside screen for about 7 yards. De'Vion Moore burst up the middle for a first down. Franklin calmly stepped up in the pocket, and hit Michael Egnew running down the left hash right at the goal line, but Luke Lambert got a hand in at the last to knock the ball away. Franklin found Moe over on the left side for the first down. Webb was there to get him out of bounds. Lawrence ran off right tackle for 4 yards. Lawrence picked up a yard over the right side, setting up third and six at the 10-yard line. Franklin found Moe near the goal line, and he took it in for the score.
Costello hit L'Damian Washington on a slant, right in front of Robert Steeples. On third and two, Costello ran right, then turned it up for a first down and more. Henry Josey took a hand-off and was stopped for no gain. Costello found Washington along the right side for a first down. Costello's pass to Bud Sasser was low, but Sasser bent over and picked it off of his shoe tops. Sasser got hammered before he could defend himself, but held onto the ball, and was slow getting up. Costello hit Gahn McGaffie on a quick out. Tony Randolph burst through and tackled Josey for a loss. Costello hit McGaffie, but Randolph and Brayden Burnett were right there to stop it for no gain, which forced a FG attempt.
After a kick-off, Franklin brought the first-team offense back out against the starting defense. Franklin hit De'Vion Moore with a swing pass out in the left flat. Moore took it up the sideline for a first down, and a face mask penalty moved the ball to near mid-field. Franklin avoided a rush, and unloaded the ball out of bounds. Brad Madison burst through on the outside, and Franklin stepped up in the pocket, then he took off up the middle for a first down, before he ran into Lambert. Both players held up at the last, but it was still a pretty solid hit. Later, Franklin would smile and admit that he likes the contact, but then quickly explained that he has to avoid getting hit because of his value to the team. Under a big rush, Franklin scrambled right and got out of bounds, forcing a punt.
Corbin Berkstresser took over behind the make-shift number two offensive line. Michael Sam and Lucas Vincent got into the back field and tackled Josey for a loss. Burnett sacked Berkstresser. Berkstresser's pass, intended for McGaffie down the right hash was broken up by Randy Ponder and Daniel Easterly, and was nearly intercepted.
Lawrence took a Franklin hand-off over the right side for 4 yards. Franklin got it to Moe near the left sideline for another 4 yards. Lawrence picked up the first down off left tackle. Donovan Bonner broke up Franklin's pass attempt, intended for Wes Kemp. Franklin completed a pass to Egnew out along the left side. Gaines was all over it, and made the stop behind the line of scrimmage. Webb was flagged for pass interference, as Franklin tried to get it to Brandon Gerau on a cross. Hamilton was in Franklin's face, but Franklin got it to Moore near the left hash. Terrell Resonno ran him down, but not before he picked up 7 yards. Franklin hit Moe in the right seam for a first down. Lawrence juked his way around Madison, blowing up his pursuit angle, and got the left edge for a first down. Kenronte Walker was there to make the stop. Josey took Franklin's hand-off, and went off right tackle, bounced it to the outside, then cut up inside for the
Greg White ran left. Kentrell Brothers made the tackle for no gain, then had to be helped off of the field. Ashton Glaser found Andrew Jones for a first down. Glaser hit Ian Simon right in the numbers, but Simon couldn't hold on.
Grant Ressel's kick-off was five yards deep in the end zone. Josey brought it back out. Later, Ressel boomed one into the back of the end zone.
Costello found Hunt near the right hash. Hunt got the first down before Xavier Smith and Michael Brennan brought him down. Tristen Holt broke up Costello's pass attempt, intended for Jaleel Clark, out along the left sideline. Costello hit Hunt right in stride, as Hunt had gotten behind everyone for the score. Hunt did a beautiful job of adjusting to the ball in the air, as he looked it in over his left shoulder.
Berkstresser hit Washington on a slant. Webb was right there to make the stop. Hunt made a real nice catch for a first down. Berkstresser forced one into double coverage, and Darvin Ruise came up with the interception. Ruise made a nice play on the ball.
A couple of plays later, Glaser hit Jones in the end zone.
T.J. Moe 10 yard pass from James Franklin
Grant Ressel 30-yard FGHenry Josey 13-yard runJimmie Hunt 56-yard pass from Jimmy Costello
Andrew Jones 9-yard pass from Ashton Glaser Passing StatsJames Franklin – 9/12, 82 yards, 1 TD
Jimmy Costello – 10/12, 125 yards, 1 TD Ashton Glaser – 8/11, 48 yards, 1 TD Corbin Berkstresser – 11/14, 107 yards, 1 INT
TOTALS: 38/49, 362 yards, 3 TD, 1 INT
Rushing StatsKendial Lawrence – 6 carries, 30 yards De'Vion Moore – 1 carry, 11 yards Jimmy Costello – 1 carry, 11 yards James Franklin – 2 carries, 6 yards Jared Culver – 2 carries, 3 yards Henry Josey – 4 carries, 2 yards, 1 TD Greg White – 5 carries, (-4) yards Ashton Glaser – 1 carry, (-4) yards TOTALS: 22 carries, 55 yards, 1 TD
Receiving Stats Jimmie Hunt – 5 rec., 98 yards, 1 TDT.J. Moe – 5 rec., 55 yards, 1 TD L' Damian Washington – 5 rec., 41 yards Brandon Gerau – 1 rec., 30 yards Andrew Jones – 3 rec., 27 yards, 1 TD Beau Brinkley – 1 rec., 18 yards De'Vion Moore – 2 rec., 16 yards Bud Sasser – 1 rec., 15 yards Wesley Leftwich, - 1 rec., 12 yards Terry Dennis – 1 rec., 9 yards Stephen Drain – 1 rec., 9 yards Marcus Lucas – 1 rec., 7 yards Henry Josey – 2 rec., 5 yards Jaleel Clark – 1 rec., 5 yards Michael Egnew – 2 rec., 4 yards Gahn McGaffie – 3 rec., 3 yards Jared Culver – 1 rec., 3 yards Tyler Hunt – 1 rec., 3 yards Daniel Carpenter – 1 rec., 2 yards
TOTALS: 38 rec., 362 yards, 3 TD Field Goals
Grant Ressel – 3-of-6 (Made: 30, 32, 36; Missed: 39, 43, 48)
Trey Barrow – 3-of-6 (Made: 36, 39, 43; Missed: 30, 32, 48)Andrew Baggett – 4-of-6 (Made: 30, 32, 36, 39; Missed: 43, 48)
Trey Barrow – 7 punts, 44.4 average Christian Brinser – 7 punts, 28.9 average
Interceptions – (1) Darvin Ruise
QB Sacks – (1 each) Brayden Burnett, George White
Tackles For Loss – (2) Tony Randolph; (1 each) Kentrell Brothers, E.J. Gaines, Michael Sam, Lucas Vincent
Passes Broken Up – (1 each) Tristen Holt, Tony Randolph, Ian Simon, Robert Steeples
Blocked Punt – (1) Kony Ealy