After a week off for spring break, the Tigers resumed practice on Tuesday. InsideMizzou was there to catch all the action.
The offense didn't seem to miss a beat following the week long layoff. Coach Yost agreed.
"We looked better today," Yost said. "Everybody is trying to be good as soon as possible."
The most talked about position battle this spring is starting quarterback. As it stands today, Blain Gabbert seems to be the favorite to win the job. Coach Yost seemed content with Gabbert's play.
"Gabbert had a pretty good day. He was a little off at times but overall he was pretty good."
As spring practice continues it is interesting to evaluate the progress made by freshman quarterbacks Blain Dalton and Ashton Glaser. Coach Yost commented on their performances.
"I think Dalton did a lot better than he expected today. He did really well in the scrimmages. But Glaser probably didn't have the day he was expecting. It's good for them though. It motivates them to get better. They learn from it."
Due to some injuries on the offensive side of the ball younger players have had the chance to step in. Coach Yost mentioned a few that have really caught his attention.
"De'Vion Moore shines every day," Yost said. "Shawn Scott is another guy who is showing everybody that he can play."
With the play of Moore and third stringer Shawn Scott the Tigers should have plenty of depth at the running back position.
At WR the Tigers have two players out (Danario Alexander and Jarrod Perry). As a result, players who didn't see the field much last year have been able to get plenty of reps. Coach Yost mentioned a few that have been able to take advantage of the extra playing time. "Jerrel Jackson is showing what he can do. Jackson impressed me during two-a-days last year. Wes Kemp is stepping up."
With the Black and Gold game quickly approaching, the offense looks to pick up where Daniel & Co. left off.
Notes on the Offense
-De'Vion Moore looks like he will be a solid backup. He is small but very quick. His hands are very reliable. He also has a little power. In one on one drills Moore leveled Kenji Jackson. That got the players excited. If Moore can contribute off the bench it would go a long way toward providing depth in the backfield.
-Gabbert is more athletic that I had anticipated. He made a few solid runs today. Gabbert did a good job of side stepping the pass rush as well. One problem is that he seems to get rattled when the pass rush is in his face.
-Gabbert threw a couple passes that led to big hits by the defense.
-Gabbert and Kemp seem to be on the same page. Yost said they are roommates.
-The offensive line looked great today. It's the best performance they have had this spring. Kurtis Gregory in particular looked dominant. Austin Wuebbles, who is vying for the starting LG spot, also had a good day.
-Rolandis Woodland needs to catch the ball on a more consistent basis. He has the speed to produce some nice numbers but he has had too many drops so far. Jerrel Jackson, on the other hand, keeps impressing. He is small but he can catch the ball. Think Tommy Saunders.