Defense takes step back, falls to offense

For the first 2 weeks of spring practice the Mizzou defense has dominated 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. The first practice after spring break saw the Mizzou offense finally getting a win in the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills. Go inside to see what Defensive Coordinator Dave Steckel had to say about his group's performance Tuesday.

For the first 2 weeks of spring practice the Mizzou defense has dominated 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

"We've made great improvements the last couple of weeks. I'm really proud of them, their effort is picking up," defensive coordinator Dave Steckel told InsideMizzou on Tuesday.

The first practice after spring break saw the Mizzou offense finally getting a win in the 7-on-7 and 11-on-11 drills.

"Today we took a step back in [the wrong] direction," Coach Steckel said. "But I guess it is just 2 steps forward and 1 step back."

Even with today's loss, the defensive intensity has definitely been high in practice so far this spring. That is a huge reflection on Dave Steckel's coaching style. It seems as if the defense is really taking his attitude and putting it into their style of play. Look for the defense to be way more aggressive this season. Think about a Dick LeBeau type of defense.

Kenji Jackson is looking to be a leader in the secondary. He is solid and just does his job, but he can also punish offensive players like he did with a bone-crushing hit against De'Voin Moore on Tuesday.

Hardy Ricks seems to have a good grasp on the defense and it shows by his smart play at safety so far. Ricks hasn't made many mistakes so far this spring. He and Jackson will make a nice tandem at the safety spots.

Jaron Baston and Terrell Resanno look like they can engulf the middle of an o-line. They aren't necessarily getting to the ball carrier on every play, but they occupy the offensive guards and center, which will allow the Tigers' talented linebacking corps to make plays.

• One thing we can count on is speed from this defense this season. Players like Aldon Smith and Andrew Gachkar will be very speedy additions to the front 7 this season.

Carl Gettis has been playing corner on the slot receiver so far this spring.

Trey Hobson is the surprise player on defense so far for me. He has seemed to improve his ball skills from last season and looks a lot more physical on receivers than he has in the past.


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