On Thursday, the Missouri Tigers practiced indoors in full pads. Enthusiasm ran high throughout the two-hour workout.
There were no new injuries to report. Kyle Peasel wore a red jersey and sat out all drills. Eric Waters, Sean Culkin, and Eric Laurent each wore red pull-overs, and they each participated in the non-contact drills.
Kony Ealy was absent due to a family illness.
There has been some movement within the Depth Chart among some of the back-ups at several positions. One notable change is that Trent Hosick and Eddie Printz have moved ahead of the veteran walk-ons, and are now operating as the number four and five QBs, respectively. This is interesting because it places Hosick right behind Corbin Berkstresser during most of the drills. It also suggests that the two freshmen have demonstrated a knowledge of the Missouri offense.
There was also some movement along the offensive line, mostly lateral moves within the second and third units. Brad McNulty was working at second-team center, and Mike Boddie and Chris Freeman had switched sides at right and left tackle, respectively.
At tailback, Morgan Steward has inched forward, and is working as the number five TB, just behind Greg White. Like the two freshmen QBs, Steward had shown well during the most recent scrimmage and practices.
Another red-shirt freshman who appears to be making a move is safety Chaston Ward. He appears to have inched his way up the Depth Chart. Ward’s another young player who has raised the level of his play during recent practices.
Jake Hurrell and Sean Culkin handled the long-snapping during punt practice. Christian Brinser was just banging his punts off the roof inside Devine Pavilion. Wesley Leftwich did some of the punting, as well. Marcus Murphy, Russelll Hansbrough, David Johnson, and Darius White practice fielding punts.
Coach Brian Jones had his tailbacks working on blitz pick-up.
James Franklin dropped a lob pass into the right front corner of the end zone where Jimmie Hunt went up to high-point the football. A little later, Franklin hit Dorial Green-Beckham right in the numbers on a crossing route, but the talented sophomore failed to make the catch. Franklin hit Marcus Lucas right in the numbers for a completion out along the left side. Franklin hit Jake Brents right in stride on a cross. Then, Franklin threw a strike to Lucas, who was sitting down over the middle.
Maty Mauk’s lob pass intended for Green-Beckham was wide of the end zone. Green-Beckham tip-toed the sideline in the end zone and tried to reach out of bounds to make the one-handed catch, but he couldn’t get more than just a finger on it before the pass fell incomplete.
Hosick threw a nice ball for a completion to Darius White.
Printz hit Cameron Chancey for a completion on a deep slant. Printz came right back with another completion on the deep slant, this time to Reid Swearingen.
As Coach Pinkel talked about on Tuesday, there are quite a few young players who are moving up and getting close to being ready to play. I see even more young guys who are making strides, and who are elevating the level of their play. There’s good competition all over the field.