Berkstresser Ready For Changes

Tigers 2011 QB commit getting ready for coming season with a new coach and new offense

ShowMeMizzou spoke with Missouri 2011 QB commit Corbin Berkstresser 6'4" 220 4.8 Lee's Summit (MO) while the talented athlete was in between games of a baseball tournament in which his team is participating this week in Atlanta, GA. In addition to his exploits on the diamond this summer, Berkstresser has found time to work out with his football team under the guidance of first-year coach Eric Thomas. Berkstresser gave us this update.

"I've been doing a lot of football," said Berkstresser, of his summer activities. "Working out with my high school team, seven on seven stuff, and then practice. But, I won't be there for the tournament this Saturday (at Rock Bridge)."

Berkstresser talked about the impact of playing for a new coach, and in a new offense.

"It's coming along pretty well," said Berkstresser. "We've put in about five or six passing plays."

Berkstresser said that he expects a newcomer to his team, 6'5" Jared Simmons, to provide him with a quality receiver in the new offense. It sounds like Coach Thomas is installing a spread offense similar to what Missouri runs. Corbin said that he expects to be taking shotgun snaps in the "no huddle, five wide" offense. He said that he's "getting better" at reading the defenses, and that he's excited about the prospect of gaining experience running an offense similar to Missouri's.

"I'm getting the hang of it," said Berkstresser. "It's a couple of different reads. We've got progressions for different plays............... I feel like I'm getting a head start a little bit (learning a Missouri-style spread offense). Knowing the offense a little better will help me run it (when I get to Missouri)."

Berkstresser answered my question about other schools continuing to recruit him.

"I still get letters," replied Berkstresser. "But, I just open them and throw them out................. I don't talk to anyone."

He said that he'll probably try to get up to Columbia during fall camp, but wasn't sure when he'd find the time.

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