Bill Connelly of SB Nation & Rock M Nation joined BK on The Sports Wire to break down the Tigers’ chances at a SEC East three-peat. Plus, is Bill convinced that the Tigers don’t have a WR problem? Find out in our conversation from Saturday morning on The Sports Wire.
Gabe DeArmond of PowerMizzou joined Matt and BK on The Big Show to break down Mizzou’s second fall scrimmage. Is the passing game no longer a concern? Is it a positive, or a negative that Mizzou’s defense has yet to *force* a turnover? Has Gabe become more confident in the Tigers’ chances after the first two scrimmages?
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The second scrimmage of Mizzou’s fall camp is officially in the books. The offense won, 11-9. I have no idea how that is actually scored. But the score is a reflection of what we saw on the field.
The quarterbacks were the talk of the town. Maty Mauk had what may be his most efficient scrimmage of his career (15-22), Drew Lock continued to shine (15-20, 168 yards and 2 touchdowns), and Marvin Zanders impressed, finishing as the leading rusher in the scrimmage (7 carries for 75 yards).
The only injury to report took the team’s only senior wide receiver out of the scrimmage. Wesley Leftwich sprained his knee. We hope to find out more about how long Leftwich could be out when we head out to practice tomorrow morning.
Coaches Sound Off:
Head Coach Gary Pinkel:
– Coach Pinkel was non-committal on whether or not Marvin Zanders’ performance in the first couple scrimmages could result in a package for the sophomore quarterback. He also said the passing game appears to be improving. “We are going to have to play young… Why can’t young receivers play great?”
Offensive line coach A.J. Ricker:
– Ricker discussed his O-Line’s performance after the scrimmage. From what I could tell, it looked like the no. 1 offensive line was pretty established. From left to right it was consistently Connor McGovern, Taylor Chappell, Evan Boehm, Mitch Hall and Nate Crawford. The first unit looked solid for much of the day.
QB Maty Mauk:
Mauk was impressive in his second scrimmage of the fall. He finished the day 15-22 for 134 yards and a touchdown. He talked about his rapport with his receivers, what it’s like to finally have some success against the defense, and what’s next for the offense.
WR Nate Brown:
With Wesley Leftwich out for much of the scrimmage, Brown stepped up as the “veteran” wide receiver. He finished the day with 2 receptions for 15 yards and a touchdown.
RT Nate Crawford:
Crawford has emerged as the likely starting right tackle for the Tigers in 2015. From what I could see, he got every snap at right tackle with the number one offensive line. He talked about his surgery, and what the recovery process has been like for him.
TE’s Jason Reese & Sean Culkin:
Reese & Culkin have given themselves a new nickname, “1080 P”. They explained that, and how they all contribute to the offense. Reese & Culkin combined for two receptions for 4 receptions for 22 yards in Thursday’s scrimmage.
Stewart Mandel of Fox Sports joined Matt and BK on The Big Show to discuss his pre-season predictions for the SEC, the Tigers’ chances in the SEC East, and the biggest storyline we’re not talking about enough as the season approaches.
Jerry Palm of CBS Sports joined Matt and BK to discuss where he has Mizzou finishing in the SEC East, the power of the SEC vs. the Pac-12, and the importance of recruiting rankings in pre-season projections.
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News & Notes: It was a short practice for the Tigers on Wednesday, as is typically the case for the day before a scrimmage. Tomorrow will be the team’s second scrimmage of the fall, and Matt and BK will have full updates for you on KTGR.com, as well as on Twitter and Facebook.
Coach Pinkel was available for a short session with the media after Wednesday’s practice, and he addressed a variety of topics.
– Coach Pinkel said they will shoot for 30-35 reps for the first and second team in tomorrow’s scrimmage. Pinkel said senior safety Ian Simon, who missed Saturday’s scrimmage with a hamstring injury, could play in tomorrow’s scrimmage. “You just have to be cautious with hamstring injuries,” Pinkel said.
– Coach Pinkel addressed the late addition to the team, Anthony Hines, a junior college cornerback out of San Mateo College in California. Hines has four years to play three. “We like it if it works out that way,” Pinkel said. Hines is nursing a foot injury, but Missouri’s training staff determined that it was healing properly and he should be alright. Pinkel was non-committal on whether or not Hines will contribute this season, but he is eligible and could help contribute in an already deep Tigers secondary.
– Donavin Newsom is a guy that’s received a lot of praise over the first couple weeks at Mizzou camp. Newsom is a 6-foot-3, 235-pound redshirt junior linebacker that finished 2014 with 24 tackles. “He’s a tremendous athlete,” Pinkel said. “He’s one of those guys that’s never produced at my expectation level – just because he’s such a great athlete – but he’s playing at a whole different level now… We’re seeing all the signs that you usually see from guys that take that next step.”
– Connor McGovern has taken over at left tackle after last year’s starter, Mitch Morse, graduated and left for the NFL. McGovern has been a stud for the Tigers in his time as a guard, but he struggled (at times) with the transition to right tackle last season. Coach Pinkel said after today’s practice that McGovern has transitioned smoothly as a left tackle. “I think he’s excited about it, opportunity-wise,” Pinkel said. “At the next level, that will help him just by having it on his resume. If you can go to the next level having played (guard and tackle), that’s a huge plus.”
– Kenya Dennis was voted a captain by his teammates coming into the fall, but Coach Pinkel said that hasn’t changed his role on the team.”He’s a great kid,” Pinkel said. “He’s a lot like Markus Golden… To get voted captain, a junior college player, he’s just a tremendous kid. Tremendously positive. Great work ethic. Great attitude all the time. He was voted a captain because he’s a great leader.”
That’s all for today from Mizzou camp. We’ll be back tomorrow with scrimmage stats, news and notes. Be sure to tune into The Big Show with Matt and BK this evening from 4-6 p.m. on ESPN 103.1 FM or 1580 AM KTGR.
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Injury Update: Injuries seem to be piling up for the Tigers as we approach the second scrimmage of the fall.
– Wide receiver J’Mon Moore is day-to-day with a shoulder sprain.
– Another wide receiver, Richaud Floyd, had been limited in practice with a rib injury, and he missed Tuesday’s practice with a fever.
– Linebacker Roderick Winters has a lisfranc fracture in his foot. That injury will require surgery, and Winters is expected to miss three months.
– Kicker Nick Coffman was also held out of Tuesday’s practice with a groin injury.
– Kicker Andrew Baggett was still wearing his red jersey, indicating he’s still dealing with some lingering issues from his back spasms.
News & Notes: The Tigers have one more practice on Wednesday before they make their way back to Faurot Field for scrimmage #2 on Thursday. Defensive linemen and linebackers were available to the media following Tuesday’s practice. The majority of the discussion surrounded Josh Augusta’s potential, specifically if he is able to shed a few more pounds, and the linebacker unit’s growth throughout fall camp.
– Josh Augusta says he wants to play around 335 pounds this season after spending last year around 355 pounds. “I’ll probably get to (335 pounds) in a week or two,” Augusta said. He came into fall camp at 360 pounds, and has made his way down to 346 pounds as of Tuesday morning. The coaches have raved about Augusta’s potential. Defensive coordinator Barry Odom told us yesterday that Augusta is among the strongest players he’s ever seen. “He does not have a ceiling,” Defensive line coach Craig Kuligowski noted. “He has no ceiling. He can do anything.”
– We got some more numbers to back up the coaching staffs’ claims that this is the most athletic linebacking core that Missouri has seen under Gary Pinkel. SAM linebacker Donavin Newsom said his PR in the 40-yard dash is a 4.42. To put that in perspective, the fastest linebacker at the combine last year was Kwon Alexander out of LSU. He ran a 4.55. Newsom was later asked about backup WILL linebacker Joey Burkett, who is known for his speed, and said he repped out 225-pounds 32 times on the bench press. In my best Gary Pinkel impression, those are some mammoth numbers.
We’ll be back out for day 13 of Mizzou fall football camp tomorrow morning. Gary Pinkel will be available to the media. Until then, be sure to tune into Matt and BK from 4-6 p.m. on The Big Show, follow us on Twitter, and keep the conversation going on the show’s Facebook page.