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2014 Missouri Fall Camp: NEXT WEEK

As we enter our last week without a football game, the coaches are looking for more offensive consistency.

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I don't mean to alarm you, but this is our LAST WEEK without college football. We're almost there, people.

Anyway, Mizzou had another scrimmage over the weekend. It didn't feature as many fireworks as the 14-12 shootout that was the first scrimmage, but it was just as competitive. Offense Claims Second Fall Scrimmage, 11-9

The second fall scrimmage of the Missouri Tiger Football team's 2014 training camp was claimed by the offense Saturday morning inside the Dan Devine Pavilion.  Rain in the mid-Missouri area forced the scrimmage indoors, and in the controlled situational scrimmage, the offense earned the coveted black jerseys by an 11-9 score, evening the scrimmages at one-apiece between the offense and defense.

The defense had the upper hand most of the day, but the offense came alive late, scoring seven touchdowns, with five coming in redzone drives and two more from two-minute drives.  Six of the seven touchdowns overall came against the second and third-string defensive units.

David Morrison @ The Tribune: MU offense shows progress eventually

But it was the second straight scrimmage in which Henson’s group struggled with itself and defensive coordinator Dave Steckel’s counterparts for significant segments of the action.

"If you came in and just watched" the last few drives, "you’d be like, ‘These guys are really good,’ " Henson said. "And if you came in and just watched the first couple drives, you’d be like, ‘These guys are horrible.’ What we’ve got to do is we’ve got to take our bad series to the middle of the road and our good series to great."

The Tigers recorded seven sacks and 11 other tackles for loss. Freshman defensive end Spencer Williams tomahawked the ball out of classmate Ish Witter’s hands, and Darvin Ruise scooped it up. Cornerbacks Aarion Penton and Raymond Wingo intercepted passes that probably would have gone for pick-6s if not for the game being played on a short field indoors, and Missouri defenders had a part in breaking up 10 other passes.

Dave Matter @ STLToday: Scherer, Mizzou Defense take leaps in second scrimmage

"Mike Scherer has taken a big leap," Golden said. "I love that kid. He’s like a little brother to me. I’ve known him since he was a kid. It just feels good to see him take a step forward and have success out there."

"I felt good on reading things today," Scherer said. "I do a lot of film study and we go against these guys every day. Sometimes I like to think I know what they’re going to run before they run it."

Henson attributed some of the struggles to MU’s turnover in offensive personnel — but stopped short of blaming inexperience.

"Not every year does it just come together (like) bam, boom, all of a sudden we’re awesome," he said. "So, what are we going to do? Do we give up or keep fighting? My choice is we’re going to keep fighting and we’re going to get there over the next couple weeks."

In the end, they're all still buddies.

<blockquote class="twitter-tweet" lang="en"><p>Always great to have the <a href="">#Mizzou</a> Family together after a fall camp scrimmage. Thanks for traveling to support us! GP <a href=""></a></p>&mdash; Coach Gary Pinkel (@GaryPinkel) <a href="">August 16, 2014</a></blockquote>

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