Pinkel has mixed feelings about 1st scrimmage

Missouri ended two weeks of spring practices here today with a two hour workout that featured a lot of team and scrimmage work. The Tiger defense highlighted the day with two big interceptions for touchdowns. The defensive unit responded in a fiery manner, and appears to be taking on the personality of its new defensive coordinator Dave Steckel. Go inside for all the details.

Missouri ended two weeks of spring practices here today with a two hour workout that featured a lot of team and scrimmage work.

The Tiger defense highlighted the day with two big interceptions for touchdowns. The defensive unit responded in a fiery manner, and appears to be taking on the personality of its new defensive coordinator Dave Steckel.

"It was our first scrimmage," Gary Pinkel said. "That's why we do it and then take a break and come back and get going. There were a lot of good things and a lot of bad things. Rush defense was really good, our second rush defense wasn't very good."

Pinkel was first to admit that the offense was shorthanded against the Tiger No. 1 defense.

"Once we get several players back like Danario, Jared and Dereck Washington they will be a lot better," Pinkel stated. "This spring we are going without two of those guys, why it's good for the younger guys, it will make us look more inexperienced at times. There were a lot of sloppy things out there today."

Pinkel thought all the quarterbacks did good and bad things.

"We have to work on the turnover situation," Pinkel said. "That's something that has to get better."

Starting quarterback Blaine Gabbert wasn't happy with his performance Thursday.

"I had a sub par day out there," Gabbert told InsideMizzou.com. "A few communication errors and I let my team down with those two interceptions for touchdowns. Those things can't continue to happen."

Another thing that Pinkel identified he wasn't happy with was the number of dropped balls by the Tiger wide receivers.

Missouri has completed its fifth spring practice and will have 10 more practices before the Spring Game April 17th.

Stay tuned to InsideMizzou.com Friday for a special spring football edition of Inside the Tiger Cage.


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