Mizzou Training Camp Notebook: Aug. 23

Missouri coach Barry Odom talked about who stood out during Saturday's scrimmage following Tuesday's practice.

COLUMBIA, Mo. — The Missouri Tigers held their second scrimmage of fall camp on Saturday night at Memorial Stadium. 

The scrimmage was closed, but coach Barry Odom offered a brief recap of which players performed well on Saturday following Tuesday’s afternoon practice session. 

“Offensively, Ish Witter did some really good things,” Odom said. “I think our tight ends are a talented group. I thought the offensive line protected well. Wide receiver-wise, J'Mon (Moore) had a couple catches — that was nice to see.”

“Defensively, I think up front Charles Harris is playing at a different level than he did last year. Rickey Hatley’s had an unbelievable camp. Marcell Frazier, Spencer Williams both played well, as did Jordan Harold at the defensive end spot. Linebackers, Michael Scherer played well. So did Cale Garrett. Terez Hall is doing some things. Joey Burkett. Then on the back end, we’ve got four safeties that are playing really, really well. We feel comfortable with playing four of those guys and getting them on the field, because they can help us.” 


Saturday’s scrimmage will be used to evaluate who will end up where on the depth chart for the Tigers, but the team still has not released an official depth chart for the upcoming season. 

That will likely come on Monday when Missouri is officially in preparations for the season opener at West Virginia on Sept. 3.

“I thought it was really important for us as a program to get through Saturday and for them to know that everything we’re doing today will get evaluated again tonight,” Odom said, “and they know that the decisions that will be made with number of snaps that each guy will play will be made over here in the course of the next couple of days and who goes out there the first time we snap the ball on offense or defend it on defense, we’ll set that up here going into next week. 

“But there’s a lot of guys that have proved themselves that I think are ready to help us win football games and I think it’s been good for us — they know that and they’ve competed really well.”


Redshirt senior linebacker Donavin Newsom, freshman running back Damarea Crockett and redshirt freshman cornerback T.J. Warren were both full go on the practice field on Tuesday after missing time previously with injuries. 

Freshman linebacker Trey Baldwin and sophomore cornerback Finis Stribling were out on Tuesday while undergoing the concussion protocol. Junior running back Ish Witter was out with a bruised right knee. Junior safety Anthony Sherrils missed practice because of a family matter.

Junior wide receiver Nate Brown (ankle surgery), sophomore offensive linebacker Tanner Owen (undisclosed health issue) and freshman offensive lineman Darvis Holmes (shoulder surgery) remained out.


Odom said Witter, the team’s leading rusher a year ago, hurt his knee during Saturday night’s scrimmage but was able to finish the scrimmage. 

“He banged his knee on the ground,” Odom said. “If it were Week 1 of camp, he would have been practicing today. He’s done enough to this point. We know what Ish is bringing to the table and I’m excited about him getting back. I think he’ll get a little work in tomorrow. I’m not too concerned about it.”


Odom said freshman signee Jerod Alton was closer to joining the team after finishing up a class this summer.

“He got the class finished up and everything’s on track,” Odom said. “He’s just going through the process of getting everything final stamped processed on campus. He may be in there when we walk in. It’s kind of one of those where any minute he’ll be here.”

Alton, a 5-foot-10, 180-pounder, played running back and cornerback at Kirkwood High School but was listed as a cornerback when he signed with the Tigers in February. His delay in making it to Missouri will likely ensure that he will be redshirted this season. 


There have been several NFL scouts through Columbia to watch the Tigers practice during training camp. 

On Tuesday, there were representatives from the Chicago Bears, Kansas City Chiefs and New York Jets watching practice. 


Barry Odom press conference Aug. 23

Missouri football photo gallery Aug. 23


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