August 15th Practice Report

While competition for starting spots heats up, several players are making their move in the depth. Keep an eye on Darius Outlaw who continues to impress with his high level performance at wide receiver. Also in this update, interviews with Pinkel, James and Petterson. Enjoy!

Missouri Football Practice Report, August 15, 2002

 

LB DRILLS

  • Doyle, Kinney, and Sweat looked very good technique-wise
  • Anthony Simone and Elgin Childress were just a step below

 

GOAL LINE SITUATION HIGHLIGHT

  • DeQuincy Howard beat Gary Anthony for a TD.  He knocked him backwards, got position, and caught the ball.
  • Hibbets continues to do an excellent job of looking off the DB's before finding his target receiver.

 

BRIGHT THINGS FROM BEAN

Fabian Bean has the size and quickness to help as a rotational player on defense.  He's running with the 4th team, but it's just a matter of how quickly he can learn the game.

 

MISCELLANEOUS IMPRESSIONS

  • Several dropped passes early in practice.
  • Fredrickson dropped a high pass that he got both hands on.
  • Whitney and Roberson both dropped passes out of the backfield.  Both were thrown behind them.
  • Russ Bell knocked down a ball
  • A receiver clocked Quincy Wade.
  • Coaches continued to be all over Ming (a good sign because they wouldn't waste their time with somebody who isn't going to be in the mix THIS fall)
  • Darius Outlaw continues to catch almost everything thrown his direction and continues to improve at WR.
  • THIS MU DEFENSE HITS and PURSUES TO THE BALL

 

FIRST TWO PLAYS OF THE #1 OFFENSIVE UNIT A BIT SHAKEY

  • First play Wright and Ellison just blew into the backfield and stopped Abron in his tracks.
  • 2nd play – Pass play with Wright coming up the middle.  Farmer couldn't move outside to get away as Ellison was coming at him.  Kirk tried to throw a jump ball and the coaches were not happy. 

 

…BUT THERE WAS HOPE

  • Mario Whitney caught a swing pass in the flat and one guy touched him before he went the distance.

 

4TH QUARTER DRILL (FULL CONTACT)

  • 1st Play – Smith rolled out with nowhere to go.  Threw on the run behind his (tight end) receiver who couldn't make the catch.
  • 2nd Play - Farmer handed off to Leon on a draw up the middle for a 15-yard touchdown.
  • 3rd Play – Riccio handed off to Schauffler on a sweep right and he got stuffed at the LOS.
  • 4TH Play - Earl Stephens made a nice catch on the 4 and mauled three different DBs on his way to the end zone.
  • 5th Play - Bynum came through, tipped a Farmer pass (quick one-step and throw to the WR screen), and then made a very athletic interception as he was being pushed down.
  • 6th Play - Riccio 30-yeard strike to Outlaw who had 2 guys on him.

 

CONDITIONING REPORT

  • Wind sprints are sideline to sideline, everybody gets it done in 22 seconds or the whole line runs again.

 

KICKER COMPETITION

 

  • #91 Petterson missed his first point after attempt.
  • #34 Michael Matheny did well.
  • Petterson and Matheny both hit from 32
  • Both hit from the right hash at 15 and 35.
  • Both hit from 37.
  • Petterson had the stronger leg while Matheny's kicks are more picturesque.

 

 

GARY PINKEL INTERVIEW

 

HOW IS ATTIYYAH ELLISON PROGRESSING?

"He's doing really well you know.  We had him inside at the beginning of spring football, and we've moved him outside as the defensive line was sorting out.  He's making a lot of progress.  He's a big physical athlete that runs well.  Now we just need to get his production up a little bit.  We're certainly pleased with his progress."

 

HOW ABOUT THE DEFENSIVE LINE IN GENERAL, WILL THAT BE AN AREA OF STRENGTH?

"Well I certainly think we are significantly different than a year ago.  I think to analyze strengths, that's something we'll do as the season goes on.  I'm not one to make predictions.  We have a reasonable amount of depth there.  Injuries could hurt you.  Our front four right now, and several of the backups, we're significantly different than a year ago.  Half of those guys a year ago didn't even play defensive line before."

 

KEITH WRIGHT - HAS HE TAKEN OWNERSHIP OF THAT (TACKLE POSITION)?

"Keith's really talented.  I think Keith, if he has the kind of year we expect, I expect Keith to play at the next level, without question.  I mean this guy came here as a linebacker a couple years ago.  Here's an example of a guy, we moved inside, down.  What we're trying to get out of him, and all the seniors, is just to be leaders.  I don't think there is any question about (him) from a (defensive) front stand point.  He tries to run that group, and we're certainly pleased with his progress."

 

WOULD YOU LIKE TO SEE SOME OF THE TACKLES THAT WENT TO DOYLE LAST YEAR MOVE FORWARD ABOUT TWO YARDS?

"I suggest that all the backers would love to see those big guys up front playing well.  It just makes it so much easier.  It's exciting.  We've got a long way to go, but we are making progress."

 

THE PASSING GAME IS SOMETHING YOU'RE TRYING TO STRESS A LITTLE MORE THIS SEASON?

"Yes, no question."

 

WHERE DO YOU GO FROM THERE?

"Well, I guess up front is obviously where everything starts.  What we did a lot of last year is break ourselves down.  Guys wide open and we miss the throw.  Guys open, right in his hands, and we drop it.  You beat yourself.  That's probably the thing that we have to sort out the most.  For the most part, we're improving there.  Good strong football teams don't beat themselves, and that is the area that we have really got to figure out."

 

WILL YOUR RUNNING BACKS BE MORE INVOLVED IN THE PASSING GAME?

"Sometimes, depends.  We can get the ball pretty much to who we want to, and we're going to spread it out and get it to a lot of different people."

 

WHO ARE SOME OF THE OTHER GUYS THAT ARE REALLY CATCHING YOUR EYE?

"There are a lot of receivers competing.  Marcus James is certainly doing a good job.  There's Thomson Omboga, but there is also several other players that are competing, and we expect us to be a little bit better there."

 

HOW DO YOU DEFINE SUCCES THIS SEASON….  ?

"Win more games.  Gotta win."

 

DOES THE LACK OF EXPERIENCE IN THE KICKING GAME WORRY YOU?

"Yeah there's a question about that.  Punting, I think Brock Harvey is doing an exceptional job.  He's a different guy right now, which is good.  We knew he always had the talent, but he's certainly doing well.  Kickers are competing out there, but I think it is always a concern.  If you don't come off a year where you are real stable there, and your going in with some question marks it would be a concern.  As they show themselves through the season, and that's like other positions, too."

 

WHITNEY, CAN HE HELP YOU IMMEDIATELY THIS SEASON?

"We'll see.  Depth-wise everybody starts on the bottom, and works their way up.  He's doing a lot of good things.  We've got a big scrimmage Saturday and that's going to mean an awful lot, and we'll see what happens there."

 DQ AND DARIUS CONTINUE TO IMPRESS

"Yes, Darius really stands out making some plays.  In fact, every day he is out there    he's making a few more.  It's exciting to see that. DeQuincy (Howard) is a young player.  We're going to have to see where DeQuincy is, how he gets up in the depth to make some decisions on him.  We're very pleased with his progress."

 

MARCUS JAMES INTERVIEW

 

YOU CAME INTO CAMP AT MMA A COUPLE OF YEARS AGO, MANY CONSIDERED YOU "THE FIND" OF CAMP.  THIS YEAR YOU'VE PROGRESSED TO THE NUMBER ONE UNIT.  WHAT'S THE PROGRESSION BEEN LIKE?

"I think it is just being more experienced.  When you first get in there, thrown in the fire. I was trying to do the best that I could, try to catch on as quick as possible.  Now that I'm more experienced progress has come at trying to be more of a student of the game.  Recognizing the coverages out there, trying to do the little things to get me into my routes quicker so I can get more separation to get open."

 

BIG ADJUSTMENT FROM HIGH SCHOOL, TO COLLEGE?

"Oh yea, back home I played slot-back and we ran the ball a million times a game and passed like one time when the thought we were going to run, so I've played receiver and got reverses and a few passes, but I really didn't play receiver, receiver.  The game is a lot faster at the Division 1, especially the Big 12 level, it's a lot more physical, a lot bigger athletes.  Quicker, stronger, and it's just more intense, more competitive.  That's what you have to love about it."

 

BIGGER, TALLER RECEIVING CORPS AT MU?

(Laughs) "To me, I've never ever thought about height as a downside to me.  On paper they say, ‘Oh this guy's 5'8" versus this guy's 6'4'.  Of course they're bigger targets.  They might be able to match up better with the smaller corners.  I just try to focus on things like quickness.  Trying to out quick the defensive back, or safety, that is guarding me, and try to use my mental edge."

 

WHAT'S IT LIKE TO HAVE DARIUS OUTLAW OUT WIDE INSTEAD OF UNDER CENTER?

"I tell you what that guy is a football player.  He's just coming out there making some nice catches.  We've been joking around in the locker room about him finally experiencing all of the running that we get to do (as a WR), all day, everday. He's like, ‘Man I didn't know you guys ran that much.'  He's doing a great job, and he's going to be a great addition to our receiving corps."

 

ALEX PETTERSON INTERVIEW

 

HOW'S IT GOING SO FAR.

"It's going good.  I just need to get in that rhythm, get the times down.  Other than that it's going good."

 

DO YOU FEEL LIKE YOU'RE IN A RHYTHYM YET?

"Timing-wise yes.  I feel like I'm doing good so far.  I just need to build confidence in myself."

 

COMPARE THIS TO HIGH SCHOOL.  WHAT'S THE BIG DIFFEREENCE YOU SEE AS A KICKER?

"I guess getting good height on your ball.  Guys jump a lot higher here."

 

DO YOU LIKE COMPETITION AS A KICKER?

"It's always great to have competition.   It makes you a better player, makes you work harder every day.  It shows you that there are no free rides.  You just have to go out there and work hard every day."


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