In the first of several scheduled scrimmages before the first game of the season, the defense beat the offense 16-12. James Franklin, still in the starting quarterback position, went 18-22 in passes for 228 yards.
“Overall I thought it was a good day,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “(We had) too many penalties, which is typical of the first scrimmage, but I thought the hitting was good, I thought we were competitive, we’ll get some guys back next week.”
Reserve quarterbacks Corbin Berkstresser
and Maty Mauk
also had good days. Berkstresser completed 13-of-31 passes for 121 yards, but was the victim of at least five drops by would-be receivers. Mauk, in his first-ever scrimmage at Mizzou, completed 25-of-36 passes for 152 yards, and did not turn the ball over.
Pinkel was encouraged by the play of Kendial Lawrence. “Here’s a young tailback out there making catches like a wide receiver. In our scheme, with our running backs, acceleration speed is hugely important, and also the ability to get to the point of the football to be able to catch the ball, and he can certainly do that,” Pinkel said. Lawrence scored the only touchdown, a 1-yard run that capped off a 75-yard drive.
Freshman wide receiver Levi Copelin had a team-best 7 receptions (37 yards) and junior wide receiver Jimmie Hunt caught six balls for a team-best 68 yards.
Lots of Tigers were held out of Saturday’s action due to injuries. “We’ve got some offensive line issues. We had three guys that started the season that we thought would be in the top-10 and they’re not even going to play,” Pinkel said. Those who did not play Saturday include: TE Eric Waters (knee), TB Greg White (shoulder), WR Darius White (hamstring), WR T.J. Moe (hamstring), OL Chris Freeman (knee), OL Taylor Chappell (knee), TB Henry Josey (knee), OL Justin Britt (foot), TB Russell Hansbrough (ankle), CB Kip Edwards (leg) and DT Lucas Vincent (pectoral muscle).
The Tigers will be off on Sunday, return to practice Monday and have their next scrimmage on Thursday.
This report uses information from MUTigers.com