On Friday afternoon, the Missouri Tigers practiced indoors in shells for one-and-a-half hours. The players were enthusiastic, and a lot of the work was focused on individual fundamentals and special teams.
"Overall, you know, I'm pleased," said Coach Pinkel, following Friday's abbreviated practice. "Today's practice, we got a lot of kicking done, and situational, two-minute offense, things like that today. So that was good. We got those special things done in a short practice. You know, we'll go outside tomorrow. I expect to go outside."
"I'm looking forward to a big scrimmage tomorrow," said Coach Pinkel, looking ahead to Saturday. "It's important. You know, our ones and twos, we're going to try to get forty-five to fifty plays. Threes and fours, somewhere between thirty and thirty-five. So, it's going to be a long day. It's an important day for everybody, for our football program, and for our team, to see the progress we've made, see where we're at, see the physicalness of how we're going to play, and to see the improvement in our players, the consistency level. All of those things that hopefully you're getting after going into your eighth practice."
Coach Pinkel said that senior safety Braylon Webb will miss Saturday's scrimmage. He was in street clothes on Friday after suffering a concussion. Coach Pinkel also said that Ernest Payton will miss Saturday's scrimmage as he recovers from his knee surgery.
"Ernest is getting his work out there," explained Coach Pinkel. "But I don't think he'll go full the entire spring. He's getting better. He got in seven-on-seven today a little bit. That red pull-over protects him out there."
Coach Pinkel talked about the first-team quarterback, Maty Mauk.
"You know, he's playing right now like an experienced player," explained Coach Pinkel, talking about Mauk. "But, he is experienced. He started a third of the season last year, and he played in most every other game. He just needs continuous improvement to become a better quarterback, his reads. I think things are slowing down for him, a lot different than a year ago. He's a lot different player than the Georgia game. And that's just experience. Things slow down………………………………………….. He's having a good camp. The bottom line is, can he drive the team down and score points? And that's probably one of his greatest assets, because he's pretty good at that. He's competing real hard, and you know, the other quarterbacks are competing hard. It'll be interesting to see how it sorts out. Obviously, clearly, right now, Maty's the number one. But there's a lot of battle right now for the rest of the guys."