The Tigers practiced indoors in shorts, helmets, and shoulder pads for less than two hours. This was what Coach Pinkel called a Sunday bye week practice.
"I thought it was a good practice," said Coach Pinkel. "Finals are over……………………………… It's nice that that's over with."
Coach Pinkel said that they'll have regular Tuesday-Wednesday practices on Saturday and Sunday. Then, the team will repeat their midweek practices once they get to Shreveport.
The only player wearing a red jersey today was Grant Ressel. He's not doing any kicking. Among those who wore red pull-overs, and went through drills is Brad Madison, Matt Hoch, Will Ebner, and Kentrell Brothers. A number of players were present in street clothes, including Elvis Fisher, Henry Josey, Brandon Durant, and Anthony Gatti.
Coach Pinkel commented that his team is about as healthy as they've been all season.
Following a special teams' period, in which Trey Barrowed boomed punts off of the ceiling, and during which the various units worked on several special teams situations, offensive and defensive units walked through a number of situations in preparation for North Carolina.
During the 1-on-1 pass-rush drill, Jayson Palmgren picked up a win in a very closely contested battle over Terrell Resonno. Dominique Hamilton bull-rushed his way past Jack Meiners. Michael Sam put a strong outside rush on Justin Britt, who took the explosive sophomore end on past the QB for the win. Britt showed good movement on that one. Vincent bull-rushed his way past Mitch Morse.
After Taylor Chappell picked up a win over Brayden Burnett, Coach Henson spent time instructing Chappell on hand placement, and footwork. Chappell continues to show well. He just needs to get stronger, and keep working. I think he'll be a good one. Kony Ealy took an inside route, straight to the QB, as he ran right past Chris Freeman.
During an abbreviated 7-on-7 period, James Franklin hit L'Damian Washington right in stride over the middle. Kenronte Walker and Luke Lambert were there to make the stop. The highlight of the day was a deep pass that Franklin completed to Marcus Lucas down the left hash. The ball was lofted about 40 yards in the air, and Lucas located the football in the air, and made the adjustment to go get it. Lucas ran right under the football, adjusting so smoothly to the ball in flight, that it made the pass look perfect. The Tigers have a few, but not a lot, of receivers who would have made that play.
Following a field goal period, in which Trey Barrow made several kicks, the team broke into offense and defense to work against North Carolina (scout team). We were asked not to report on that action.
I can say that the Missouri defense came up with several turnovers against North Carolina today. Maybe the Tar Heels will continue to demonstrate such generosity in Shreveport.
Missouri Tiger football is proud to note that 13 Tigers will earn their degrees in various ceremonies this weekend.
The following Mizzou football players will graduate this weekend:
· Quinn Brown, OL
· Brendan Donaldson, DL
· Michael Egnew, TE
· Brandon Gerau, WR
· Dominique Hamilton, DT
· Dan Hoch, OL
· Kenji Jackson, SS
· Andrew Jones, TE
· Wes Kemp, WR
· Jayson Palmgren, OL
· Tony Randolph, LB
· Terrell Resonno DL
· Jacquies Smith, DL
Those 13 combine with eight current Tigers who have also already earned their degrees to give MU 21 seniors who will be graduates of Ol' Mizzou when they square off on Dec. 26th against North Carolina.
The other eight previous graduates include:
· Luke Lambert, LB (December, 2010)
· De'Vion Moore, TB (December, 2010)
· Jimmy Costello, QB (May, 2011)
· Grant Ressel, PK (May, 2011)
· Austin Wuebbels, OL (May, 2011)
· Terry Dennis, WR (August, 2011)
· Elvis Fisher, OL (August, 2011)
· Trey Hobson, DB (Ausust, 2011)