On Wednesday, the Missouri Tigers practiced in shells for two hours on the Kadlec Athletic Fields. This was one of the lighter practices of the fall, with very limited contact. The Tigers are pointing toward their final scrimmage on Thursday, and Wednesday's practice was preparation for that scrimmage.
"Overall, it was a good practice," said Coach Pinkel. "We put shells on today. We just wanted to have a real crisp practice in terms of assignments, and practicing quick, quick, and kind of get our legs back a little bit. We have a scrimmage tomorrow, and the ones will play a full quarter like a normal football game against the two and threes. And then we'll have it organized by how many plays we want each player to get after that."
"A lot of battles are still going on out there," Coach Pinkel continued. "And not only to be the starter, but for a third guy to be the second guy, and who's going to be the fifth guard, and who's going to be the fifth defensive end. There's a lot of things out there that are going on. So it's all good though. And it's good that we have competition like that…………………………………. The good news is that we've got enough competition and we've got good players. We're looking forward to getting after it."
After Thursday's scrimmage, practice will close, and the Tigers will begin game week preparation.
Coach Pinkel said that Braylon Webb is expected to begin running on Thursday.
"We expect him to be back 100% for the game," said Coach Pinkel talking about Webb. "He'll play. There's no question about it."
There were a couple of segments devoted to special teams work. There's close competitions for several specialty jobs. Andrew Baggett and Trey Barrow are battling for the right to handle kick-offs and placements. And, Barrow is competing with Christian Brinser to be the punter. Jake Hurrell and Mitch Hall appear to be the finalists for the long snapping on placements, and Hurrell and Brad Madison appear to be the top two long snappers on the punt team. Marcus Murphy, T.J. Moe, and E.J. Gaines are the top return men.
During 11-on-11s, Marcus Murphy ran over right tackle for a short gain. James Franklin's pass attempt intended for Marcus Lucas near the left sideline was incomplete. Xavier Smith was there on the coverage. Kendial Lawrence found a crease inside left tackle and burst through the secondary untouched. Under pressure from Harold Brantley, Franklin got it out to T.J. Moe near the right sideline. Moe turned it up field for a first down. Kony Ealy batted Franklin's pass right back at him. Franklin caught the ball and ran it back to the line of scrimmage.
Russell Hansbrough found a seam in between the tackles for a nice gain. Andrew Wilson was there to make the stop. Corbin Berkstresser's pass attempt intended for Dorial Green-Beckham in the left seam was incomplete. Wilson was there on the coverage. Berkstresser got it to Green-Beckham in the left seam for a nice gain. Donovan Bonner was there to make the stop. Berkstresser found Green-Beckham in the left seam. Green-Beckham turned it up field for a nice gain with run after catch. Under pressure from Michael Sam, Berkstresser threw the ball away out of bounds.
Maty Mauk found Levi Copelin near the left hash for a first down. Mauk quickly found Jimmie Hunt in the left seam for a nice gain. Michael Scherer and Markus Golden were there to make the stop. Mauk's pass intended for Brandon Holifield down the left hash was overthrown and tipped into the air. Ka'Ra Stewart nearly had the interception. Mauk got it out quickly in the right seam to Green-Beckham, who turned it up field for a big gain. Clarence Green and Derrion Thomas were in pursuit.
Several players worked in red pull-overs, but overall the injury list was about as short as it's been this fall.