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  1. The Big Show: Jerry Palm

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    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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  2. Mizzou Fall Camp Day 13: Connor McGovern’s Transition & Kenya Dennis’ Leadership

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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.

     

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    – 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.”

     

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    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.

     

     

  3. Mizzou Fall Camp Day 12: Injuries Pile Up & Josh Augusta’s Potential

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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.

     

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    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.

  4. Coaches Sound Off: Reaction to Mizzou’s First Fall Scrimmage

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    HEAD COACH GARY PINKEL: I thought it was a good practice. I thought we battled out there. This is always a tough practice, because they’ve been getting up nine straight days at 6 o’clock in the morning, and then yesterday they had the day off. So you have to get them going. But I think, overall, we battled. We just have a couple days of practice, and then another scrimmage on Thursday.

     

    Q: Did anything stand out from the scrimmage?

    A: There are 172 plays, so there are a lot of things that we need to work on. I think that’s what we’re doing. And also the kicking game. Both sides of the football, we have a list of things to do. We made some position changes, but I’m not going through any of those things right now. Made a lot of changes, a lot of competition out there. The guys that moved down will have a chance to get their job back, and the guys that move up – we tell them that you better stay there, because we’re telling the guy behind you to get his job back. It’s all on the field, it’s all based on the competition… Who you go against, who you compete against, what teams you’re with – all has a lot to do with it. We have one scrimmage and 10 intense practices. So there are a lot of things we go through in our evaluation.

    Q: Have you decided on any freshmen that will definitely play?

    A: Yeah, there are a few that we have. We’re not going to announce that until the end. All these freshmen are competing to do it. But there are names you write down here and there. We talk about personnel everyday. We’ll make the final decisions on those things a week from Thursday. There’s nothing finalized, but we have an idea on certain guys that will be playing.

    Q: How tough was it to see Johnathon Johnson go down?

    A: He was playing the best of – we have a good young receiving core – so that was a little of a hit. He was really doing well. That’s the way it is. J’Mon Moore hurt his shoulder today. Sometimes that’s what happens. You look up in the sky, you ask a question, but you decide – no, that’s the way it is. You have to battle through it, it happens sometimes.

    Q: How did you think Marcell Frazier performed on Saturday?

    A: I thought he did good. He’s really doing good. He’s really competitive. It’s really neat to see him compete. I’m a little surprised – I think sometimes JuCo kids don’t come in like that, that competitive. He’s a really focused guy. I think he’s a little bit like Markus Golden – he came in, and he just embraced our program. We’re very detailed in how we do things. We have a plan for everything. You have to come in, and you have to do things our way. Because our way works. He just jumped on it. A lot of those guys come in and have problems. They’ve been doing things a different way, and they just start looking around. He’s 6’4, he’s 263 or 264 pounds. It’s exciting to see him play the way he is.

    Q: How did you assess your offensive line after the rough scrimmage?

    A: We just need more consistency.

    Q: Do you feel more comfortable with the wide receivers?

    A: We just have to get better… In the passing game, it’s the quarterbacks, the blocking, the running backs… There are a lot of things that have to work. It’s not like running the football, where all you have to do is hit the b-gap. But I think we’re making progress. We have a long way to go. When you have that many young guys around, it’s going to be that much more. It’s important that the guys around those young guys play at a high level. That gives us a chance. When those guys aren’t playing the best they can play, that magnifies the problem… That’s our speech and our talk to our veteran players. They need to step it up. We need consistency from them. 

     

    DEFENSIVE COORDINATOR, BARRY ODOM:

    Q: What do you see from Marcell Frazier?

    A: I think he’s a mature guy. A junior college kid that got here late in the summer. Through practice number 11, he’s improved everyday. He’s picked up the scheme pretty well. His competitive spirit has increased since he’s been here. His knowledge of the defense continues to grow. He’s done a good job up to this point. He’s done a good job through 11 days.

    Q: What’s the difference from a JuCo kid?

    A: Those guys have played on a college level. They have some maturity advantages. But the way we run our program, that’s an adjustment for everybody. The details and habits, and the way we approach the structure of everyday, a lot of times, that’s a change in what they’re used to. Marcell’s done a great job. He’s kind of a quiet kid that goes to work. That’s fun to be around.

    Q: Cam Hilton got some time with the twos… Is he working his way onto the field?

    A: There were some guys that got nicked up. I think Cortland (Browning) went out for a bit. Cam was the next guy up that moved into that position. He’s had a good camp, and has a pretty good understanding of the things it takes to play that position. It’s hugely important to protecting our defense. He got quite a few reps on Saturday.

    Q: Is it harder for the freshmen to get some playing time with the number of returning starters you have in the back seven?

    A: At the end of the day, it’s on us to decide if they have a chance to help us win. If they’re mature enough physically and mentally to help us win football games. We’re going to let competition carry out, and it doesn’t matter if you’re a fifth year senior or a first year freshman. If you’re a guy that can help us win games, you’ll be plugged in. From a depth standpoint, every position is different. If you’ve got a stacked position, an incoming freshman still may be able to climb that ladder. We’ve still got a few more days of evaluating, and another scrimmage on Thursday, which will be hugely important to a lot of guys. We’ll see how it plays out.

    Q: What’s impressed you most about Michael Scherer?

    A: He’s a productive player. He’s smart. Those things – his intelligence, and his demeanor – he’s very responsible. There aren’t a lot of things that happen on the field that surprise him. He’s seen a lot. That’s so beneficial. I think he’s become a better player. He’s quicker, he’s stronger, he’s faster, and probably a little smarter, since January. He’s a student of the game. He wants to be right. He wants the ownership of the defense to be set in our room. He takes pride in that… He’s a grown man, he’s an adult sitting in there. That’s good to have on your side.

    Q: What does Terez Hall bring?

    A: He’s a longer guy, physically. Physically, he’s a mature player that has quickness and speed. He has a long way to go in the playbook. But, athletically, he has a chance. He’s trained well. He uses his speed to his advantage. Things are happening fast for him, so the more reps he can get, it’ll slow down. He’s having a good camp, and we’ll keep pushing him to see where it ends up.

    Q: What kind of challenges does Maty Mauk present as an opposing QB?

    A: He takes command of the offense. His quickness is a little deceiving. On the field, he’s quick. You think you have him collapsed in, you think you have him contained in the pocket, and he makes a play with his feet. He’s throwing the ball well – and I’m not a quarterback evaluator – but you try to defend him, you better defend every inch of the field because he sees it, and he doesn’t get rattled. He’ll find the spot.

    Q: Is there anything more frustrating than a quarterback that’s elusive like that?

    A: If you stop him, that’s great. You feel like the coverage has to be a little tighter on the back end. You have to know your rush and contain lanes. You can’t relax. You have to stay on the upfield shoulder and keep him boxed in. And on the back end, you might have to stay in coverage for six seconds. And if they extend the play, the coverage continues. Playing together, and working your leverage points are all hugely important to playing good pass defense.

    Q: If Josh Augusta puts everything together, what’s his potential?

    A: I don’t know. He has great quickness… He’s maybe the strongest guy – just physical strength, maybe not weight room numbers – maybe one of the strongest guys I’ve ever seen… But he could be a really good player for a long time.

    Q: Does he know that?

    A: At times. We’re all working to make him the best player he can be. And he’s doing it as well. Right now, we’re trying to work on having the best meeting this afternoon that we can have. And then we’ll talk about waking up tomorrow and having the best practice number 12 that we can possibly have. Josh (Augusta) understands his value to this program, and how good he could be.

     

    OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR, JOSH HENSON:

    Q: How did you feel about your receiver’s performance on Saturday?

    A: I thought it was pretty good. Not great. There are so many detail things that we can get so much better at. I felt like we stepped up and made a few plays. We still have too many drops, we still are inconsistent in our route running. But those are things that come with inexperience. The more experience we get, the better we’ll get at that.

    Q: How did the offensive line respond after the scrimmage?

    A: I thought the line played better. I didn’t think they played that bad other than a lot of false starts. We were better at that today. If we can get that fixed, that will certainly help us.

    Q: Did the receivers make you feel more comfortable?

    A: I think we’re still a work in progress… We have a lot of football left to play, and a lot of practice. There are a lot of good things there, a lot of explosive plays… But there are a lot of little detailed things that could make our life a lot easier in executing. It’s about doing the little things right. That’s what we have to get better at, but that’s why we’re practicing.

    Q: Was it encouraging to see them make some big plays?

    A: Yeah, that was encouraging. It was a step in the right direction. But, by no means, are we like ‘hey, boy, everything’s great.’ We have a lot of work to do.

    Q: How do you feel about where the tight ends are fitting into the passing game?

    A: They’re fitting in well. We probably need to get them involved a little more. I think they had, between all of them, 9 or 10 catches the other day. We have to get those guys involved a little more. They need to become a bigger part of what we do. And, sometimes, you call plays trying to get it to them, and your read takes you somewhere else. But I thought they’ve done a nice job so far. We’re a work in progress. We have a lot of detailed things to work on.

    Q: Is Malik Cuellar someone you expect to move around?

    A: I think that’s yet to be seen. We’re still discussing that. We’re still trying to get Malik to a certain level. You have to achieve at a certain level to be able to move around. He’s getting better everyday, and he’s working really hard, and I think that’s something we’ll look at in the future. 

     

    DEFENSIVE LINE COACH, CRAIG KULIGOWSKI:

    Q: Has Charles Harris become a leader along the defensive line?

    A: Charles is in his third year, and he’s one of our veteran guys. It’s kind of crazy. He’s done a great job of leading. He’s really taken that personal the entire summer. He’s been one of the best leaders on our team. Harold (Brantley) was doing that before he got hurt, and he’s been out here doing that a lot, too. But I’m really proud of that kid, the way he’s been leading. Rickey Hatley has been doing a good job, too.

    Q: Is there any way that, coming out of high school, you could have seen Charles Harris develop in this way?

    A: Nope. No way. I would love to say that we knew everything was going to work out great. But his work ethic is superior to almost everybody else on the planet. That’s why he’s so successful.

    Q: What did you see from Terry Beckner Jr. in his first live scrimmage?

    A: He did some good stuff. He’s really a powerful kid. He’s got great burst. He’s still a freshman, so getting all his assignments down, and getting to the football full speed, those kind of things.. But we really saw some good stuff out there.

    Q: What did you see from Marcell Frazier in the scrimmage?

    A: He was having a good camp, and what happened was, we looked at the scrimmage — these guys get points for tackles, forcing quarterback hurries, making sacks, and all of that kind of stuff. And Marcell got the most points on the defensive line in terms of production. So, it’s hard to ignore that fact. Of course, there’s nothing cemented in there. But that’s a great battle. And we want to have a great battle at every position. 

    Q: Were you surprised by Marcell Frazier’s competitive nature? 

    A: He’s been pretty good. He’s a serious football guy. He wants to be a great football player, and that’s the key to success. Every guy that I’ve had here that’s been a really, really good player wanted to be the best. Didn’t want to be good, or okay. They wanted to be the best. The best there ever was. What’s the record? I want to break it… It’s something that, as these guys get older, they develop. I don’t know if I have one guy that I could choose that has it right now, but they’re competing. And that’s what we need.

    Q: What have you seen from AJ Logan?

    A: AJ had a pretty good summer. He’s always been a competitive guy, he’s just been a – can I count on you every down, kind of guy? Now, he’s becoming a lot more accountable to his team. His weight’s down a little bit, so his hustle is better. His leverage on the football, and leverage on the line, is better. He’s definitely made some improvement.

    Q: What’s it like to see that improvement?

    A: He’s a great kid. I’m an AJ Logan fan. I want the best for the kid. So, when he does great, I’m happy. No question.

    Q: Is Josh Augusta coming along?

    A: Yeah, Josh is doing good. He continues to improve. He’s got a ways, but he continues to improve. So, hopefully, he continues making strides – which he has been, in a steady fashion, which is almost a first since he’s been here. I’m very happy.

    Q: What is his potential?

    A: He does not have a ceiling. He has no ceiling. He can do anything.

    Q: Are you surprised with Marcell Frazier’s adjustment with him getting here so late?

    A: The bottom line is you have to know what you’re doing, which is tough when you get here later. The techniques that we’re asking him to do – if you have the whole summer to prepare, you’re going to do better. But, to tell you a little about the kid, he got here late but he still got two A’s in his summer classes. He wants to be a very good football player. He’s not expecting anyone to hand him anything… Everyone comes in with the expectation that they’re going to start. And then when they find out how hard they have to work for it, some guys aren’t as interested in it. But Marcell certainly is. It’ll be interesting to see that battle.

    Q: What’s the biggest thing he’s had to transition to?

    A: How we run our defense, what we do on our stunts… He’s got to continue to play – he’s a very tall guy, he weighs a lot, he runs well – he’s got to play lower. Those kind of things will make him play better.

    Q: How would you compare Marcell Frazier’s game to Walter Brady’s?

    A: They’re different guys. They’re both really good. I gotta tell you, all the way up to the scrimmage, I was extremely pleased with Walter. I would not say he had a disappointing scrimmage, at all. But Marcell kind of overshadowed him. That will be a battle to keep our eyes on. 

     

  5. The Sports Wire: Mark Simon

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    Mark Simon of ESPN Stats & Info and ESPN’s Sweet Spot Blog joins BK to discuss the Royals’ recent bullpen struggles and the Cardinals’ upcoming decision on who should be a part of the postseason rotation.

     

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  6. The Sports Wire: BK’s Wide Receiver Theory, A Forever Royal Question & J.J. Watt Fatigue

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    HOUR 1:

    8:00 — OPEN… Royals win big, Cardinals get another night of Jaime Garcia #Shoving, and there’s going to be an interesting decision the Red Birds have to make as to who gets left out of the postseason rotation.

     

    8:15 — The Need for a Run Game… Mizzou has young receivers and an unproven passing game. Time for the run game to take over.

     

    8:30 — Bryan Curtis of Grantland.com joins BK to discuss his story on why the media has fallen in love with Jordan Spieth.

     

    8:45 — Are we underestimating the Chiefs and Rams going into 2015?

     

    8:55 — Best & Worst of the week… LeBron James is putting his celebrity to good use & a tennis player takes trash-talking too far.

     

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    9:00 — BK’s theory on why it’s better for Mizzou to be young than old at wide receiver.

     

    9:15 — There’s a report out there that the Royals are interested in re-signing Alex Gordon after the season… But should they be?

     

    9:30 — Mark Simon of ESPN Stats & Info and ESPN’s Sweet Spot Blog joins BK to discuss the Royals’ recent bullpen struggles and the Cardinals’ upcoming decision on who should be a part of the postseason rotation.

     

    9:45 — The BK Lounge: I have a confession — I have JJ Watt fatigue. And I don’t believe I’m alone.

  7. The Sports Wire: Bryan Curtis

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    Bryan Curtis of Grantland joined BK to discuss Bryan’s story on why the media has fallen in love with Jordan Spieth, and can Spieth ever become more than just a ‘golf’ story?

     

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  8. Mizzou Scrimmage No. 1: Players & Coaches Sound Off

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    HEAD COACH GARY PINKEL: “As usual, every scrimmage, you have good things, bad things, and things that need to be improved. That’s what we’re going to do. We’ll go analyze. We take into consideration a lot of things when we’re looking at the depth chart. We take into a lot of things, not just this scrimmage. We’ve been watching these guys for 9 other practices.”

     

    “We take into consideration who they go against on the field, we take into consideration their consistency of their grade, their production… There are all of these different things that we look at, and then we analyze personnel. A lot of good things, and things we need to work on. We’ll get back to work on Monday.”

    Q1: First impressions on Drew Lock:

    A1: I think he did a good job. I think he did some good things. He’s a talented guy. I think he did good.

    Q2: What were your thoughts on Marvin Zanders?

    A2: Again, I thought he did good. There are a lot of scenarios out there, okay? Who are the people you have with you? From a quarterback standpoint, it’s probably more important – who are you going against? We have to take all of those things into consideration.

    Q3: What did you see from Morgan Steward?

    A3: It was good… It was neat to see him going. That’s a big step for him. It’s been a long time for him. He’s remarkably better than he was 2 months ago. We’ve got several weeks before the season starts… If he continues to get better, that would be great.

    Q4: Will Morgan Steward be ready to play (in week 1)?

    A4: I don’t know… The way this has gone, we don’t know. It will be interesting to see how sore he is… Will he be able to practice on Monday? And, he very well may be able to.

    Q5: Is consistency the main focus for receivers?

    A5: Yeah, but for all of the offense… We had a lot of line of scrimmage problems today. Let me remind you – we were the most penalized team last year that I’ve ever coached. Ever. By far. We’ve been working on that, but we had a lot of line of scrimmage problems today… We have to get back to work. We have to fix that. It’s Missouri beating Missouri.

    Q6: What have you seen out of Justin Smith?

    A6: He’s looked good. He’s done some good things. That whole receiving core – I think we have six redshirt freshmen in there. We’ve got some talented guys, and we have to find the guys that are ready to play. Analyzing that, and how that falls, is going to be really important for us. We have to find out who we are going to work with. But (Smith) is a big target. He’s a real big guy.

    Q7: Cam Hilton looked good today… Has he impressed at practice as well?

    A7: Cam Hilton has had a great camp so far. A great camp. He’s a really good young player. Tavon Ross actually had a shoulder injury. He got it X-rayed… He’s also had a good camp.

     

    OFFENSIVE COORDINATOR JOSH HENSON:

     

    “The guys made some big plays… We missed a couple that were really close. We just have to continue to work on those things. So far, I’m pretty pleased, with the progress of the receivers. I’m pleased with the quarterbacks.”

     

    “Today, I didn’t feel like we played our best. It was things we were doing to hurt ourselves… When you’re doing a lot of that, it was frustrating.”

     

    “I think (Maty Mauk) did well today… Some of those plays where he’s moving around the pocket are designed. I thought he did a good job with (staying in the pocket) today. I thought his reads, for the most part, were pretty good. But we’ll get into the film, we’ll evaluate everything, see where we’re at, correct our mistakes, and move on from there.”

     

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    QUARTERBACK MATY MAUK:

    Q1: What did you see with the young receivers?

    A1: I saw (Justin Smith) turn on his jets and go. Another one that stuck out was (Johnathon Johnson). He had the long one in two minute. And then, Emanuel Hall. He catches those screens, and he may look like a slow guy, but he shoots out — he has that burst coming out of those screens. He’s going to make you miss. And he’s a guy that – if you get down into the red zone – he knows how to control his body, whether it’s a back shoulder throw, or going up and catching it over you. He’s got a lot of athletic ability, we just have to keep working with him.

    Q2: How important was it that you didn’t throw any interceptions?
    A2: That’s a huge thing. The one thing Coach Pinkel always says to us is to protect the football. That’s no interceptions from the quarterbacks, and no fumbles from anyone on the team. That’s one of our main goals – you have to protect the football. If you protect the football, you’re going to have a great chance to win. That’s something we’re really focusing on right now.

    Q3: How do you feel like the offensive line is coming together?

    A3: They’re just a few more practices away from going from good to great. Evan (Boehm) and Connor (McGovern) are really pushing those young guys. Nate (Crawford) is coming in there and doing well – especially for a guy that is coming off of back surgery. He’s almost there. And then Clay (Rhodes) comes in there as the next guy. (Taylor) Chappell and Brad (McNulty) and Mitch (Hall) are all playing at a high level. They’re learning, and they’re pushing themselves everyday to get better.

    Q4: How impressive was Drew Lock today?

    A4: He is a guy that came in here and – you have to learn an offense as a quarterback, and that’s something that’s tough – he’s really picking it up quick. He’s paying attention in the meetings. We just have to keep drilling it into him. We have to keep asking him stuff all the time. Whether you’re just walking down the hallway, ‘hey, what’s this play, what’s that play?’ And make sure he’s getting it, so once you ask – he’s giving it right back *snap, snap*. He’s a guy that we have to have ready to play… It goes back to what I said — when James (Franklin) went down, I had to be ready to go. Say something happens, I don’t want it to happen, but say something does – he has to be ready.

    Q5: What have you seen from Wesley Leftwich?

    A5: Wesley is looking good. If you looked at him in the spring, I don’t think (Kenya Dennis) even let him off the ball. And now, Wesley is starting to beat him, and they’re trading back and forth. He’s a guy that’s improved a lot. We’re going to depend on him. He’s a guy that has speed, and we’re going to get him the ball down the field… He’s an older guy, he’s not going three plays, then taking two off. He’s playing every play at a high level, and that’s what you want.

     

    CENTER EVAN BOEHM:

    Q1: What’s your overall assessment of how you & the offensive line played?

    A1: As the offensive line, it’s five guys working as one unit. One guy could do really good, and one guy could mess up. Or four guys could do really good and one guy could mess up. Or four guys could mess up and one guy could do really good… And the whole play is busted. We have to get five guys working together as one to make sure that we go out there and protect Maty (Mauk) and open up those holes. Some plays, I think we did that really well. And some plays, I think we need to improve on finishing. Coach Ricker told us – and I told the guys – Monday, we better strap on the pads and get ready. Because we need to work. We have to get better from today.

    Q2: What does it take to get there?

    A2: We have to work. We have to put our nose in the dirt, and we have to go. I don’t think we did our best today, and that’s what stinks about it. We know that we could do so much better, and we have so much more left in us. When you don’t see it from everybody, and you don’t see it from yourself, it just stinks. We have to get better. That’s the big thing.

    Q3: What’s the challenge of impressing that upon the guys that didn’t get the time last year?

    A3: The challenge is to go out there and say, ‘hey man, listen, like it or not you’re going to depend on me. And we have to go out there and we have to work. And we have to get better. If you’re sore, or tired, or banged up… We have to go out there and we have to work, no matter what. We’re the offensive line. We have to get hit every play. And if you didn’t, you probably did something wrong. We need these young guys to step up. And we need the older guys to step up. We have five returning starters, and we can still improve each and every time we step out onto that field. It’s just a matter of ‘want to’ and the drive to ‘want to’, now.

    Q4: Was there a moment last year when you felt it ‘click’ between the offensive line?

    A4: There were a couple games – probably the last six games we had – that’s when the offensive line started to get up and say, ‘hey, listen, this is where we have to be, and this is where we are right now, and we have to keep improving here. But we’re in the right spot.’ And that right spot got us to the SEC Championship Game, and to the Citrus Bowl. That was big. We ran the ball a lot, and we have to find that attitude again. We have to get back after it.

     

    CORNERBACK AARION PENTON:

    Q1: How do you feel about the back seven?

    A1: I should feel good about it, but we are still working. It’s just camp, and that’s what we’re here to do is to get better each day and to embrace the grind. When the season gets here, it’s full pedal downhill.

    Q2: Is it encouraging to see no turnovers from the #1 offense?

    A2: That’s excellent. That’s exactly what we want to see from the offense. We’re always going to come out and give it our all – and we live off takeaways – so, we’re fighting to get the ball out. But the smarter the quarterbacks are, and the smarter the reads they make, the better for us. Because we’re going to win the turnover margin in the regular season.

    Q3: What have you seen out of the freshman wide receiver, Justin Smith?

    A3: He’s great. He’s got to work on his speed, but his hands are good. He’s good at sizing up the ball, and boxing out smaller defenders.

    Q4: How does the offense’s performance change your mindset from last year?

    A4: I just look at it as our offense getting older and smarter. That’s what we need for the season. The defense is going to get takeaways. The smarter the offense plays, with no turnovers, then we should win every game.

    Q5: How does that help you improve as a corner?

    A5: It helps me improve everyday. I work on my fundamentals every time. My position coach told me that when you get tired, you have to go back to your fundamentals. So, I just make sure I play hip-to-hip coverage and pursue to the ball every play.

    Q6: What’s the competition like within your position group?

    A6: It’s always competition. Right now, it’s me, (Kenya Dennis), and (John Gibson) – we’re all around 30 on the production board right now. We’re battling. And we’re going to continue to battle until camp is over.

     

    WIDE RECEIVER J’MON MOORE:

    Q1: With the drop issues, is that more mental or physical?

    A1: It’s focus, for sure. Everybody thinks it’s just natural. They’re just going to catch it, and they can turn up the field and make somebody miss. But you have to remember that it goes back to day one rules – look the ball in, and tuck it first. Then move up field.

    Q2: Do you have a sense of where the competition is between you and DeSean Blair?

    A2: I don’t know. I’m just working. Whatever the coaches want to do, I’ll listen to them and I’ll go from there.

     

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    WIDE RECEIVER NATE BROWN:

    Q1: How was today for you?

    A1: It was fun. It’s always different from practice.. You go into a scrimmage with a gameday mindset. Everybody raises their level of play, and you really get to see what some guys are made of.

    Q2: How did you feel about your performance?

    A2: I felt confident. I feel like I can improve on my route-running when I get tired. We were coming out running plays back-to-back. The defense was grinding. But we can always get better at route-running, catching the ball, and looking it in.

    Q3: Do you feel like you have to lead by example this season?

    A3: I feel like we all do. That’s something that Coach Pinkel preaches at us daily. Do what you know, do the right thing, and good things will happen.

    Q4: Is it more for you, as someone that has already contributed?

    A4: I hold myself to a high standard. I know coach does, too. He holds everybody to that same standard. So, when he doesn’t see it, he’s going to get on us. And when we make plays, he’s going to congratulate us. We just go into everyday with something to prove, something to get better at.

     

    RUNNING BACK MORGAN STEWARD:

    Q1: What do you want your role to be with this team?

    A1: My goal is to be a major contributor to the offense, and help the team as much as I can to lead us to a championship, and ultimately the national championship. I’m just going to do my best, and continue to strengthen, and do nothing but continue to get better and better and better every time I step on the field. I want to be a major contributor and help lead us to victory.

    Q2: Have there been any hits that shook you up a little bit?

    A2: There was one where I got under the ground, and it got a little bit twisted. I didn’t know how I was going to feel when I got up. But I got up, and I walked off, and I was fine.

    Q3: Had you been in a pile during practice?

    A3: I hadn’t done live (to the ground) until this. This was the first time I did live, and I got to pop the pads and make contact. That was great.

    Q4: Were you nervous the first carry?

    A4: I wasn’t nervous… A little bit of jitters about everything that was going on — I haven’t done this in a while. I wanted to do well, and have the best scrimmage that I could. But, honestly, there’s been a whole peace that’s come through this thing, and I just pray and go out and do my best.

    Q5: Your first carry was your best one… Did you realize that you started off so well?

    A5: I didn’t know… I remember that, I wasn’t sure what was my longest… It was a good cut up the field, I wrapped around the corner, and I got to open up my legs a little bit and lower my pads at the end.

    Q6: Do you remember the last time you saw the passing offense perform like this?

    A6: I think they’ve done a tremendous job. They’re getting better and better. You guys don’t get to see it all the time, what they’re doing in practice. But we’ve got some really explosive players. They’re working hard every day. Coach Washington is doing a great job with them. They’ve got a lot of talent, a lot of athletic ability. I’m excited to see them this season.

    Q7: What did you think of Drew Lock today?

    A7: I thought he did really well. He’s obviously still learning, but he has a lot of potential. I thought he did a great job for his first scrimmage.

  9. Mizzou Football Scrimmage No. 1: Top Performers & Official Stats

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    The Missouri Tigers took the field on Saturday for their first scrimmage of the fall. The defense (technically) won, but the offensive side of the football is what has everyone buzzing. The quarterbacks looked smooth, the wide receivers looked much better than expected, and the passing game in general seemed to be on track in a way that it never really was in the spring.

     

    Standouts offensively were freshman quarterback Drew Lock, who finished the day 14-19 for 139 yards and two touchdowns, freshman wide receiver Emanuel Hall, who tallied 6 receptions for 63 yards, and junior defensive end Marcell Frazier, who finished with 4 tackles, 1 sack, 2 tackles-for-loss, and a quarterback hit.

     

    We will have more camp coverage including quotes, audio and video throughout the day on KTGR.com.

     

    PASSING STATS:

     

    PLAYER: COMP-ATT: PASS YARDS: PASS TD’S: SACKS:
    Maty Mauk 10-22 120 yards 1 TD 1 SACK
    Eddie Printz 11-20 141 yards 1 SACK
    Drew Lock 14-19 139 yards 2 TD 1 SACK
    Marvin Zanders 10-15 191 yards 2 TD 2 SACK
    John Eierman 3-5 18 yards 1 SACK
    Corbin Berkstresser 4-4 63 yards 0 SACK

     

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    RUSHING STATS:

     

    PLAYER CARRIES: RUSH YARDS: RUSH TD’S: AVG:
    Tyler Hunt 5 carries 37 yards 7.4 ypc
    Russell Hansbrough 6 carries 32 yards 5.3 ypc
    Marvin Zanders 7 carries 28 yards 4.0 ypc
    Drew Lock 7 carries 22 yards 3.1 ypc
    Marquise Doherty 2 carries 21 yards 9.5 ypc
    Ish Witter 11 carries 17 yards 1.5 ypc
    Morgan Steward 9 carries 17 yards 1.9 ypc
    Ryan Williams 7 carries 21 yards 1 TD 1.7 ypc
    Chase Abbington 4 carries 11 yards 2.8 ypc
    Eddie Printz 5 carries 19 yards 1.4 ypc
    Maty Mauk 4 carries -1 yards -0.2 ypc
    John Eierman 2 carries -9 yards -4.5 ypc

     

    RECEIVING STATS:

     

    PLAYER RECEPTIONS: REC. YARDS: REC. TD’S: LONG:
    Emanuel Hall 6 receptions 63 yards 18 yards
    J’Mon Moore 5 receptions 105 yards 65 yards
    Johnathon Johnson 4 receptions 90 yards 64 yards
    Justin Smith 4 receptions 79 yards 1 TD 60 yards
    Nate Brown 4 receptions 51 yards 27 yards
    Keyon Dilosa 3 receptions 38 yards 15 yards
    Clayton Echard 3 receptions 31 yards 19 yards
    Jason Reese 3 receptions 20 yards 1 TD 11 yards
    Russell Hansbrough 3 receptions 16 yards 11 yards
    Morgan Steward 3 receptions 14 yards 6 yards
    Wesley Leftwich 2 receptions 40 yards 1 TD 35 yards
    Ray Wingo 2 receptions 32 yards 1 TD 23 yards
    Kendall Blanton 2 receptions 17 yards 11 yards
    Sean Culkin 2 receptions 16 yards

     

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    DEFENSIVE STATS:

     

    PLAYER: TACKLES: SACKS: TFL’S: OTHER:
    Thomas Wilson 10 Tackles 1.0 TFL 1 FF, 1 FR
    Clarence Green 8 Tackles 1 Sack 2.0 TFL
    John Gibson 8 Tackles 1 PBU
    Kentrell Brothers 8 Tackles 1 Sack 1.5 TFL
    Franklin Agbasimere 6 Tackles
    Terez Hall 5 Tackles
    Cam Hilton 5 Tackles 0.5 TFL 1 PBU
    Charles Harris 5 Tackles 1.5 TFL 1 QB Hit
    Michael Scherer 5 Tackles 1 PBU
    Marcell Frazier 4 Tackles 1 Sack 2 TFL 1 QB Hit
    Aarion Penton 4 Tackles 0.5 TFL 1 PBU
    A.J. Logan 3 Tackles 1 Sack 1 TFL
    Donavin Newsom 2 Tackles 1 TFL 1 QB Hit
    Rocell McWilliams 2 Tackles 1.5 Sack 1.5 TFL
  10. Who has the most to gain for Mizzou in Scrimmage #1

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    Matt and BK discussed the players that have the most and/or least to gain on Saturday when the Tigers take the field for scrimmage number one. They started with the players that have already locked in a starting spot, and worked their way down.

     

    As we sit here on August 13, 2015, Matt and BK believer there are four offensive players and six defensive players that have already locked in a spot in the starting lineup.

     

     

    Offense:

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    Denny Medley-USA TODAY Sports

     

    1) Quarterback – Maty Mauk

    2) Running Back – Russell Hansbrough

    3) Left Tackle – Connor McGovern

    4) Center – Evan Boehm

     

    Defense:

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    Dale Zanine-USA TODAY Sports

     

    1) Defensive End – Charles Harris

    2) Outside Linebacker – Kentrell Brothers

    3) Middle Linebacker – Michael Scherer

    4) Cornerback – Kenya Dennis

    5) Cornerback – Aarion Penton

    6) Free Safety – Ian Simon

     

    After that list of 10 players that have locked in a starting spot based upon past performance, there is a cluster of players that could move up and down based on how they perform over the coming days and weeks.

     

    Here are some players that have the  most to gain on Saturday:

     

    1) Right Guard – Mitch Hall… Hall has received high praise from teammates and coaches throughout fall camp. After Evan Boehm and Connor McGovern, Mitch Hall is probably the most sure-fire starter along the offensive line. A good outing in scrimmage number one could further establish his strangle-hold on the #1 spot at right guard. 

     

    2) Right Tackle – Nate Crawford… Crawford’s methodical rise to the starting right tackle spot is one of the better stories at Mizzou football camp. Eighteen months ago, Crawford was working with Coach Kuligowski and the defensive line. Today, just two months after receiving back surgery to repair a herniated disk, he’s the starting right tackle for the Missouri Tigers. Another strong performance on Saturday would go a long way in extending his lead for the starting right tackle spot over sophomore Clay Rhodes. 

     

    3) Wide Receiver – Wesley Leftwich… Leftwich is the lone upperclassmen in coach Pat Washington’s position group, and my guess is that he will be given every opportunity to win a starting receiver position. Leftwich didn’t exactly show out in spring scrimmages, so an impressive performance on Saturday could put the coaches at ease. 

     

    4) Defensive Tackle – Rickey Hatley… Hatley is Missouri’s second most experienced returning defensive lineman. I would be very surprised if he isn’t starting in the season opener at either defensive tackle or nose guard. Another strong performance on Saturday would likely put enough distance between himself and those behind him fighting for the backup jobs (i.e. AJ Logan, Terry Beckner Jr. and Josh Augusta). 

     

    We’ll have full coverage of Mizzou’s first scrimmage on Saturday. Keep it locked right here on KTGR.com, and on the radio on ESPN 103.1 & 100.5 FM and 1580 AM in Columbia.