Defense outshines offense in scrimmage action

The Missouri Tigers completed their last practice before spring break by bringing out officials and scrimmaging for the majority of the session. In what has become a recurring story this spring, the defense won the practice. Head Coach Gary Pinkel still thought there was room for improvement. Go inside to see what the veteran coach thought of Thursday's action.

The Missouri Tigers completed their last practice before spring break by bringing out officials and scrimmaging for the majority of the practice.

In what has become a recurring story this spring, the defense won the practice. Head Coach Gary Pinkel still thought there was room for improvement.

"There were a lot of good things and a lot of bad things," Pinkel said. "[First string] rush defense was really good, our second rush defense wasn't very good."

The first day of scrimmaging brought about a lot of chatter on the field especially by defensive coordinator Dave Steckel. Steckel wasn't too pleased with the intensity in the first half hour of practice and he made his feelings known.

"This isn't a library out here," Steckel was heard screaming on the field. "Pick up the intensity!"

The first team defense responded greatly by intercepting Blaine Gabbert's first 2 passes for touchdowns in the scrimmage. You could tell that Steckel is having an immediate impact on this defense.

"That's what I like, I want guys to be who they are, that's the most important thing, to be genuine for what you are. He's got a little bit of a Marine background."

Missouri will return to practice after a well-deserved spring break for the school this week.

Kicking Update: • Tanner Mills looks pretty good so far. He probably has the best kicking motion out of the 3 candidates and he looks the most natural out there.

• Grant Ressel is the guy that can kick it the farthest, but he is a bit inconsistent and he kicks a low line drive which could be susceptible to blocks.

Trey Barrow doesn't look very good. He struggled to get the ball to the field goal posts on a 35 yard kick. I think this is a 2 horse race between Mills and Ressel.

Jake Harry IV looks comfortable and good. He regularly kicks 40-50 yard punts with a 35 yarder mixed in every once in a while.

Gahn McGaffie, Carl Gettis, Kip Edwards and Jerrell Jackson are taking the majority of the punt returns.

• Other names that have looked good so far this spring. Hardy Ricks is doing all he can to put a lockdown on his starting safety spot. He has been outstanding. Will Ebner looks like a solid backup at linebacker and he has a great future on this team.


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