On Thursday, the Missouri Tigers practiced in full pads for over two hours on Faurot Field.
Thursday's practice was critically important in preparation for Saturday's final scrimmage prior to the Spring Game.
In keeping with Coach Pinkel's theme of getting young players ready to play, many young players representing virtually every position group continued on Thursday to improve, and to demonstrate to the coaching staff that they are getting ready to play.
Starting QB Maty Mauk continued on Thursday to show improvement, as he has thus far separated himself from the competition. The QBs behind Mauk continue to be bunched together. Saturday will provide yet another opportunity for them to separate themselves from the bunch and to mount a challenge for the starting job.
Earlier this week, Coach Pinkel indicated that he expected to have Marcus Murphy and Russell Hansbrough back on the field this Saturday. Braylon Webb and Donavin Newsom are also expected to be able to scrimmage this week.
Throughout the team, there has been little movement in the Depth Chart this spring. But many young players are positioning themselves to challenge the two-deep, and to see the field, this fall.
The resulting grades from this Saturday's scrimmage will have a huge bearing on resetting the Depth Chart heading into the Spring Game and the summer off-season.
Numerous other young players are positioning themselves for spots on the two-deep, and the chance to play this fall, including RSF defensive ends Charles Harris and Marcus Loud, sophomore LBs Michael Scherer and Donavin Newsom, sophomore TB Morgan Steward, and RSF WR J'Mon Moore.
The first-team offensive line continued to impress on Thursday, and several second-team offensive linemen continued to show improvement. Senior Bud Sasser's transition to the outside at the X WR position has been seamless. He's played that position before during his time at Missouri, and he looks like he's always played it.
And, sophomore TE Sean Culkin has looked good catching the football, despite wearing a rather cumbersome splint on one hand. Culkin does a good job of catching the ball in his hands.