With his clearinghouse issues resolved, freshman TB Tony Temple returned to practice Wednesday morning.
Temple practiced with the red, non-contact jersey, but participated in every drill. He showed the quickness that made him stand out in the first two days of practice last week, and did not appear to suffer any negative consequences from his seven days away from the team.
Coach Gary Pinkel declined to comment on the specifics of the situation, however.
"It's nice to have him back," Pinkel said. "It's personal. He's back and we're excited about it."
Temple took his reps with the third and fourth offensive units, as his time away from the field might have harmed his chances to playing this season. Three backs--junior Damien Nash, freshman Marcus Woods and senior Beau Viehmann--appear to have the top three spots locked up, leaving Temple, senior Tyrone Roberson, junior Lee Ewigman, and freshmen Jimmy Jackson and Earl Goldsmith to duke it out for the fourth spot.
"Our goal is to find out who that fourth guy is," Pinkel said. "If it becomes a freshman, we have to decide how long we wait before we use him, if we're going to use him (or) if we're only going to use him if we have an injury. I have to make all those decisions."
Of course, this being Missouri, no good news could happen without potential bad news trailing close behind.
Freshman QB Darrell Jackson did not practice Wednesday, having returned home to St. Louis to attend to a "personal matter." It was not clear whether that meant Jackson had left the team, or just had pressing family issues at home.
Locked in a battle with fellow freshman Chase Patton for the No. 3 quarterback spot, Jackson had a strong first week of camp, but did not stand out in Tuesday's scrimmage. The competition for the third spot would likely have continued until the Tigers' season opener against Arkansas State on Sep. 4.
Injury update: Senior WR Thomson Omboga's rib injury did not show a fracture in an MRI taken Tuesday.
Omboga dressed Wednesday, wearing the no-contact jersey, but did not participate in many drills. When he will return is unknown at the moment, but Pinkel seem pleased with the results of the MRI.
"It's just soft tissue and cartilage," he said. "We just gotta wait and see, but the good news is he'll be back."
Nash went with the red jersey halfway through practice Wednesday morning. He is suffering from a hamstring injury, and after a big hit from sophomore S David Overstreet in the inside run drill, Nash chose to go without contact for the rest of the morning.
Junior WR Sean Coffey removed the red jersey Wednesday for the first time since Friday. He suffered a separated shoulder in making a spectacular catch in an 11-on-11 drill Friday, but looked strong on the field Wednesday.
"He was doing some good things," Pinkel said. "It was good to get him out there."
Goldsmith continues to suffer from a thigh injury and continues to wear the no-contact jersey.
InsideMizzou will have more on the Jackson situation, along with the rest of the daily practice report, after practice wraps up Wednesday evening.