Thursday afternoon marked the final scrimmage of the Missouri Tigers offseason in 2009. Rain tampered the evening, forcing the scrimmage to be held inside Devine Pavilion rather than Faurot Field. Devine Pavilion is only 60 yards long, which altered the plays called and drills run throughout the scrimmage, however the final day was a success.
Throughout the day, Blaine Gabbert was extremely efficient and made few errors while going 11-of-14 for 84 yards. His chemistry is on line with all of the wide receivers, including tight end Andrew Jones. "All of our receivers have improved tremendously during camp," he said. "I feel comfortable with every one of them."
Defensively speaking, the first string performed very well tonight against Jimmy Castello and the second string offense. They held the offense to several 3-and-out's as well as a Hardy Ricks Interception early in the day.
The day did not end without any issues, however. On a Derrick Washington screen, junior college safety Jarrell Harrison dislocated his elbow and is expected to miss multiple weeks. Harrison has become a regular on the second string and was expected to see a good amount of playing time during the 2009 season.
Also, Sophomore Will Ebner left the scrimmage early with a sprained neck. The linebacker, however, is not expected to miss any game time.
Washington proved to be very effective on the ground Thursday, picking up 23 yards and a touchdown on 4 carries. De'Vion Moore only recorded 4 yards on 4 carries while freshman Kendial Lawrence picked up 15 yards on 7 rushes.
The connection of Danario Alexander and Blaine Gabbert continued throughout the scrimmage. Alexander caught 4 passes from Gabbert for 42 yards. Tight end Andrew Jones has also found a rhythm with Gabbert, gaining 24 yards on two receptions. "(Our chemistry) is real good," Jones said. "He always knows that I'm going to be there, just in case."
The quarterback backups continued to look sub-par Thursday night, with both Castello and Dalton throwing for less than 50% and one interception each. Ashton Glaser saw action in only one series during the scrimmage, however he preformed wonderfully. During the series, he went 6-for-7 for 39 yards.
Overall, The team has preformed well over the past month. Coach Pinkel believes that while there is always room for improvement, they have shown throughout the summer that the tigers will be a competitive team every game. On Saturday the team will begin preparing for their first opponent, the Fighting Illini, whom they will face on September 5th.
Also, while junior Jarrell Harrison will likely not play in the first few games, we will track Will Ebner's status up until game time next Saturday.
One Final Scrimmage
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