Practice Report: Monday August 11th

In their most spirited practice to date, the football Tigers went to two-a-day practices today and several of the youngest Tigers showed that they will be heard from this season.

As the team had its first two-a-day practices on Monday, the wear and tear of almost five hours of practice didn't stop Mizzou from having its most enthusiastic practice to date.

The yelling and hollering seemed like it wouldn't stop, especially in the afternoon practice.

The play of the day went to one of the most unlikely candidates, third-string quarterback Brandon Coleman. Coleman, who has been struggling since camp began on Wednesday, split three defensive backs to hit redshirt freshman receiver Adam Maxwell on the sideline in the afternoon practice.

That was about all the good news for Coleman, who threw interceptions to linebacker Derrick Ming and safety Ryan Edwards.

The best player of the day was freshman running back Marcus Woods, who seemingly gets better every day. Woods has shown the best agility of all the Tiger running backs. His ability to juke and shift directions has been amazing. Woods had one great play where he took a screen pass and avoided defenders on his way to a touchdown.

Receivers Chris Crosby and Darius Outlaw each had good touchdown receptions, and freshman Brad Ekwerekwu had a diving catch.

It's clear that coach Gary Pinkel and quarterbacks coach David Yost have talked to Brad Smith about throwing the ball away rather than taking sacks. Smith has shown real progress in that category, something he was good at even last season.

The defense has installed some new, creative blitz packages, and it showed in the morning practice. The blitz stopped several runs and led to sacks, in particula, a crunching hit by Brian Smith. The redshirt freshman defensive end slipped through the line to sack Coleman virtually untouched.

Walk-on linebacker Seth Harrell had two interceptions on the day, and defensive lineman Terrell Mills had a fumble recovery.

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