On Thursday, the Missouri Tigers practiced for two hours, and then headed out for spring break. The Tigers will resume spring practice on April 3rd, and practice six more times, including the Spring Game on April 14th.
Thursday's practice concluded with an abbreviated scrimmage, in which the defense prevailed by a score of 9-3.
During the scrimmage, Corbin Berkstresser went 9-12 passing for 104 yards, 1 TD and 1 INT.
With nine spring practices in the book, the injury list is still long, and includes quite a few starters, as well as potential primary back-ups. Henry Josey, Mark Hill, and Marvin Foster were on the sidelines. Wearing red jerseys and watching from the sidelines were Anthony Gatti, Connor McGovern, Sheldon Richardson, Brad Madison, Brayden Burnett, Daniel Carpenter, and Randy Ponder. Elvis Fisher, Travis Ruth, and Brandon Durant each wore red pull-overs and sat out the scrimmage.
Following practice, Coach Pinkel talked about how the spring has unfolded thus far, and indicated that most, if not all, of the injured players would be back in time for the season.
"I think we're okay," said coach Pinkel. "But you know, we've just got a lot of guys out. You don't see the continuity on either side of the ball……………………………………. It's difficult to have continuity, especially on offense……………………………………… The good news is that it's March. We're going to get all of those guys back for the season. It just hurts your continuity a little bit."
Following a warm up period, and some special teams work, the scrimmage got underway with a two-minute drill.
Corbin Berkstresser brought out the first team and found Marcus Lucas on the bubble near the left sideline. Darvin Ruise was there to make the stop for a loss of 1 yard. Kendial Lawrence ran up inside for a short gain before he lost the football. Robert Steeples picked it up and went the other way. Berkstresser dropped it off to Jared McGriff-Culver out in the left flat for about 5 yards. Donovan Bonner and Tavon Bolden arrived to make the stop. Mitch Morse's snap went over Berkstresser's head. Eric Waters hustled back and covered it for a 20-yard loss. Berkstresser got about half of it back with a completion to T.J. Moe near the left sideline. Later, George White chased Berkstresser out of the pocket. Berkstresser managed to throw it away. Then, Shane Ray came like a bullet off of the edge, beating Taylor Chappell, and sacked Berkstresser. But, Berkstresser bounced back and hit L'Damian Washington right in stride on a deep slant. Washington raced up the middle of the field for 56 yards before Matt White got him on the ground. Later, Berkstresser kept it, and picked up 5 yards over the left side.
Ashton Glaser found Gahn McGaffie out along the left seam. Kip Edwards was there to make the stop, but not before McGaffie moved the chains. Glaser faked the hand-off and took it around the right side for a first down. Glaser dropped it off to Greg White out in the right flat for about 8 yards. White took an inside hand-off, and was met behind the line of scrimmage by Lucas Vincent and Michael Sam, among others. Rolandis Woodland was on the receiving end on the tunnel screen, but Braylon Webb was there to make the stop for no gain. Glaser kept it and ran right. Marcus Murphy took a hand-off and started right, then cut it up inside for a first down. Glaser's pass intended for Bud Sasser on a cross was thrown high and behind him. Sasser reached back, but ended up tipping the ball into the air. Kenronte Walker had his hands on it but couldn't make the catch. Later, Glaser was facing a first and fifteen. He completed a pass near the right sideline to McGaffie for no gain. Glaser came right back to McGaffie near the right sideline. McGaffie made Matt White miss, and picked up the first down. Matt Hoch and Ian Simon got into the backfield and stopped McGriff-Culver for a loss. Marcus Murphy took a pitch around the right side for about 5 yards. Simon and Daniel Easterly were there to make the stop. Glaser overthrew Jimmie Hunt deep down the left sideline. Donovan Bonner blitzed from the outside and got into Glaser's face. Glaser dropped it off to Murphy in the right flat. Steeples and Matt White corralled Murphy, but not before he picked up about 5 yards. Murphy took a hand-off and was stuffed at the line of scrimmage by Michael Sam and Jimmy Burge. Glasers's pass intended for Sasser running down the right sideline was overthrown. Steeples did a good job of closing that off, as Glaser had just a very small window into which to drop that deep pass.
When the offense didn't make a first down, or when a drive stalled, the punters or kickers came on. Joe Plevel, Brandon Colbert, and Steve Drain did the long-snapping, and Braylon Webb and T.J. Moe did the holding for placements. Punt returners were Moe, E.J. Gaines, Murphy, and Simon.
In the red zone, Berkstresser faked it to Lawrence, and tried to hit Moe on a slant. Instead, he threw it to Kenronte Walker for the interception. Lawrence took a hand-off and worked his way up for a shirt gain. Lawrence made a nice catch near the left hash for a first down. Andrew Wilson was all over him and made the stop immediately. Lawrence went over the right side for a couple of yards. Wilson threw Lawrence for a loss. Berkstresser found Waters in the back left corner of the end zone. Waters went up over Kip Edwards to make the catch. Edwards was right there, but he never did find the football.
One of the day's standouts was red-shirt freshman DE Shane Ray, who had 2 sacks, and applied constant pressure on the QB. Marcus Murphy had a good showing, as well, running the football outside as well as between the tackles.
March 22, 2011 – Faurot Field
Final Score – Defense 9, Offense 3
· Eric Waters 9 pass from Corbin Berkstresser
· Marcus Murphy 20 run
· Greg White 5 run
· Corbin Berkstresser – 9-of-12, 104 yards, 1 TD, 1 INT
· Ashton Glaser – 7-of-12, 65 yards
· Alex Demczak – 6-of-10, 31 yards
· Marcus Murphy – 5-43, 1 TD
· Kendial Lawrence – 6-23
· Ashton Glaser – 3-21
· Greg White – 6-16, 1 TD
· Tyler Hunt – 2-7
· Corbin Berkstresser – 1-4
· Jordan Wade – 2-1
· Alex Demczak – 1-1
· Jared McGriff-Culver – 2-(-6)
· Gahn McGaffie – 3-41
· Marcus Lucas – 3-10
· Eric Waters – 2-19, 1 TD
· Steve Drain – 2-3
· L'Damian Washington – 1-56
· Kyle Peasel – 1-10
· Cameron Chancey – 1-9
· Bud Sasser – 1-9
· Greg White – 1-9
· T.J. Moe – 1-8
· Jared McGriff-Culver – 1-6
· Kendial Lawrence – 1-5
· Marcus Murphy – 1-5
· Kerwin Stricker – 1-5
· Jordan Wade – 1-4
· Rolandis Woodland – 1-0
o 1 – Kenronte Walker
· Forced Fumbles
o 1 – Will Ebner, Darvin Ruise
· Recovered Fumbles
o 1 – Jimmy Burge, Robert Steeples
· QB Sacks
o 2 – Shane Ray
o 1 – Michael Sam
· Tackles For Loss
o 1 – Will Ebner, Darvin Ruise, Ian Simon, Lucas Vincent, George White, Andrew Wilson
· Passes Broken Up
o 1 – Cortland Browning, Tyler Davis
· Blocked Kicks
o 1 – Clarence Green
· Trey Barrow – 4-of-6 (Made: 37, 29, 33, 32) (Missed: 45, 40)
· Andrew Baggett – 3-of-5 (Made: 37, 29, 32) (Missed: 45, 33)
· Blake Owens – 4-of-5 (Made: 37, 29, 33, 32) (Missed: 45)
· Trey Barrow – 4-176, 44.00 average
· Christian Brinser – 4-136, 34.00 average