Mizzou's Saturday football practice had something that the first 2 didn't have: pads. The level of intensity was heightened and so was the level of improvement of the team.
"It was the first pads practice and I thought it went very, very well. I thought we were very competitive," head coach Gary Pinkel said after practice on Saturday. "We've got a lot of athletes and we've just got a lot of good football players. We are just going to keep working hard and putting the time in. I saw a lot of good things."
The new level of intensity of brought about a few more mistakes that the coaches would have liked to see on Saturday.
"Coach Hill will say we had a few more drops that we should have and I'll say we had a few more missed throws that we should have," new offensive coordinator Dave Yost told InsideMizzou.com.
De'Vion Moore was perhaps the most impressive offensive player on Saturday. You can tell that he is taking advantage of Derrick Washington missing the first few practices.
"He's a talented kid and he's really maturing into a high level player for us, a guy that has to get the ball in his hands," Yost said of Moore. "He's got great quickness and a good center of gravity."
Yost also gave a quick update on the quarterback situation.
"There were definitely some good things and definitely some things we can do better at," he said. "Decision making is the number one thing and I thought for the most part we made good decisions today."
• As a unit, the first team offensive line is starting to look better. They won a 1-on-1 drill against the defensive line by a score of 27-15.
• Dan Hoch is definitely making rookie mistakes at some times, but other times he looks absolutely dominant. His feet need work against speed, but I would be pretty confident about his chances of improving during the spring and during 2-a-days.
• Wes Kemp has been the most impressive receiver in camp this season. He has great jumping ability to go along with his great body control. A good word to describe Kemp's movements on the football field is fluid.
• Rolandis Woodland looks like he will be a pretty good red zone threat, but his reluctance to make quick cuts will probably keep him off the field in between the 20's. He needs to be more confident in cuts to be able to get good yards after the catch.
• The quarterback depth chart looks pretty accurate so far. Gabbert is clearly the best player right now and Costello has been improving with every passing day. Blaine Dalton looks slightly better than Ashton Glaser, but I wouldn't be surprised if both of them get redshirted for this season.