Mizzou football concludes spring practices with Black & Gold Game

Story by John Guminski
Photos by Karen Mitchell

Offensive lineman Taylor Chappell (62) holds off defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) as Marcus Murphy (6) turns up field for a small gain.

Offensive lineman Taylor Chappell (62) holds off defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) as Marcus Murphy (6) turns up field for a small gain.

The Tigers took to Faurot Field for the first time in 2013 to play the annual Black & Gold Game. More than 18,000 fans got their first look at the newest Tigers Saturday, with the offensive and defensive starters playing against the reserves during the first half. The reserves were spotted a 14-0 lead to start the game. After halftime, the second string played against the rest of the players on the depth chart.

The scoring started in the first quarter when Marcus Murphy ran for 18 yards down to the 5-yard line. He scored a touchdown on the next play. In the second quarter, James Franklin found Russell Hansborough on a 31-yard screen that went to the 1-yard line. Running back Henry Josey punched the ball over the goal line. Josey received a large cheer from the crowd after missing the 2012 season with an injured knee.

The defensive replacements in the second half stood tall, and the game went scoreless until the end of the fourth quarter. With under a minute remaining, Andrew Stevens scored to give the offense a 21-14 lead that stood until the final whistle.

The game was the conclusion of 15 spring practices. Maty MaukDorial Green-Beckham and Shane Ray were among the winners in the most improved category for the spring, which was announced at halftime.

Pinkel was very happy with his team’s overall progress during this spring.

“When we decide the most improved, it is usually easy to point to one guy at a certain position,” he said. “This year is one of those years that at almost every position it could have been two or three players. When that happens, that’s good. That means you have a lot of players that are getting better and showing themselves in a good way.”

All three quarterbacks know that it will be an open competition for the starting job in the fall. Franklin began the game with the No. 1 offense, but all three quarterbacks got time with the starters. Mauk threw two interceptions in quick secession during the first half but improved as the game went along.

“I know were going into summer ball now,” Mauk said. “They said we’re still going to still be competing, and they aren’t going to let us know until the first game. I’m excited, and I have to know what I have to work on, and that will start in workouts on Monday.”

Players start individual workouts on Monday.

The Tigers’ first game is scheduled to be at home against Murray State on Saturday August 31.

Quarterback statistics from the Black & Gold Game

James Franklin played with the starters in Saturday's spring game.

James Franklin played with the starters in Saturday’s spring game.

James Franklin Maty Mauk Corbin Berkstresser
Completion % 60 35 50
Passing Yards 80 72 93
Rushing Yards 2 27 0
Touchdowns 0 0 0
Interceptions 0 2 2


Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

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