“Both sides had maybe page one of the playbook today and that was good,” Missouri coach Barry Odom said. “I wanted to line up and play hard, smart and tough and see if we could run the power play and fit it up on defense and we did some of that. There was obviously some sloppy things in there too that you don’t want, but we’ll get better here in the next few weeks.”
The Black & Gold Game, which concludes Missouri’s spring practices, pitted the Tigers’ offense (wearing gold jerseys) against the defense (wearing black).
The announced attendance of 24,473 included Mizzou products in the NFL like Kansas City Chiefs offensive lineman Mitch Morse, Arizona Cardinals linebacker Markus Golden, Tampa Bay Buccaneers defensive end Jacquies Smith.
Lock hasn’t been announced as the starter going into his sophomore season this fall but had a strong performance that would indicate it is his job to lose.
He tossed two touchdown passes, a 4-yarder to Richaud Floyd in the second quarter and then a 64-yarder to J'Mon Moore in the third quarter. Lock completed nine of 13 passes for 134 yards and was credited with 11 yards rushing on six carries.
“I liked it,” Lock said when asked what he thought of his performance. “What we’re going to come out here and obviously do as an offense isn’t everything — that’s what everyone is doing in the country — but as for today I’m completely fine.”
Zanders completed eight of 13 passes for 83 yards, including a 19-yard touchdown pass to Justin Smith in coverage. Jack Lowary, who signed with the Tigers in February after playing his freshman season at a junior college in California, completed two of nine attempts.
The running game was credited with 49 yards rushing on 32 carries, with the total brought down by two negative plays for -39 yards. Ish Witter, the incumbent starter, carried 13 times for 43 yards and caught three passes for 33 yards.
“As an offense I know we have more, but I felt like we had a productive day,” Moore said.
Middle linebacker Michael Scherer led the defense with six tackles, including two for losses. Defensive end Marcell Frazier and safety Ronnell Perkins each had four tackles. Defensive tackle Rickey Hatley and defensive end Rocel McWilliams each had a sack.
Scherer wasn’t happy with the defense allowing the three touchdowns, but he acknowledged that was a good sign for an offensive unit that struggled last season.
“I’ve been really happy with them,” Scherer said. “Today is a vanilla day for everybody and so the fact that they can do that on a vanilla day, they have a lot of potential, they’ve gotten light years better and I’m excited to see what they’re going to do in the fall.”
Odom and his players know they still have plenty of work to do this offseason to get ready for the 2016 season.
“We’ve got a long ways to go and a lot of work to do,” Odom said. “I’m excited about where we can take both sides of the football, offensively, defensively, and you throw kicking in there. The skill set that we have at a few spots I’m really excited about.”
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