Missouri went through a normal practice here Thursday afternoon for the first hour, before finishing the two hour session with a 20 play scrimmage inside the Dan Devine indoor practice facility.
The Tiger offense out competed the defense for third time out of the last four practices. They also appeared to win the scrimmage on a score of 21-13.
"We did a half scrimmage today after going through a good fundamental practice the first hour," Gary Pinkel told the media. "Good to get out there and do a little scrimmaging. As in any scrimmage there some things that are good and some things that are bad. As we continue to try to get better each day and become a better football team we have to get more consistent."
Pinkel was pleased with the team's efforts as he has been throughout most of the spring. Two new injuries included Michael Agnew and John McGaffie. According to Pinkel Agnew will have surgery Friday and will be out for the rest of the spring.
"Michael has a high ankle sprain and they will do a new procedure with him tomorrow," Pinkel explained. "We expect to have him back by June 1. John got rolled up, we will have to wait and see how he is."
Derrick Washington performed in his first scrimmage work of the year and didn't disappoint.
He appears to be back at full speed.
One thing that the scrimmage didn't show because how it was being officiated, Blaine Gabbert broke lose on a few quarterback keepers and scrambles and showed great escape ability.
With the quarterbacks wearing orange shirts for the scrimmage action, there were several quarterback pressures that kept some of the signal callers off balanced.
Third string quarterback Blaine Dalton had a hard time getting into his rhythm after getting popped in the mouth on one sack by Bart Coslett.
Second string quarterback Jimmy Costello threw for two good passes on his first possession, but needs to work on his consistency and ability to avoid the rush. While the defense lost the scrimmage, they attacked the ball throughout the contest.
"If we don't all fly to the football, Coach (Dave) Steckel won't tolerate it," middle linebacker Luke Lambert said. "He sent a couple of players off the field today for not going all out. We will definitely play with more intensity this year."
Senior defensive end Brian Coulter agreed with Lambert.
"We will be a lot more aggressive on defense this year," Coulter said. "I love Coach Steck's intensity, we will all be better because of it."
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