A rare huddle around a Mizzou quarterback. http://t.co/hC0ArsOKfv— Dave Matter (@Dave_Matter) August 5, 2014
Mauk, on his 51.1-percent completion rate last year: "Yeah, we went deep a lot, but we've got to fix that."— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) August 5, 2014
Mauk said he remembered only 2 incompletions with the 1st offense during practice today, both his fault. He wants to be at 70-75% in games.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) August 5, 2014
PRINTZ EMULATES FOLES: It's common for younger quarterbacks to watch video of older, established quarterbacks, both from college and the pros. One quarterback that redshirt freshman quarterback Eddie Printz has studied is Philadelphia Eagles QB Nick Foles.
"(The Eagles) are real similar to what we do," Printz said. "So we put their stuff up and see what they do, and then we see our film and get to see what other schools, other colleges do, like UCLA."
Printz and Corbin Berkstresser remain in competition for the second-string quarterback position for the 2014 season.
The Marcus Murphy position change sounds less like an experiment after talking with offensive coordinator Josh Henson. For the second straight practice, the senior tailback worked with the wide receivers as a slot specialist.
"We want to get him as many opportunities as we can to put the ball in his hands," Henson said.
Mizzou planned to use Murphy some as a slot receiver last season but some in-game injuries to tailbacks Henry Josey and Russell Hansbrough depleted depth at the position and kept Murphy in the backfield, Henson said. Did losing wideouts Dorial Green-Beckham (dismissed) and Levi Copelin (suspended) nudge the staff to move Murphy to receiver? Not necessarily.
"We’re trying to put our playmakers in position to make plays," Henson said. "If you look at the pieces coming back (this) year, before some of the attrition you’d still say Marcus Murphy would be one of the top playmakers."
Times are a changin': #Mizzou TEs are focusing more on blocking at the start of camp. "The route running will come," Jason Reese said.— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) August 5, 2014
More from Jason Reese: When asked about how frosh TE Kendall Blanton's talent, his first words: "Oh my gosh..." (In a good way.)— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) August 5, 2014
Boehm said A.J. Ricker is instituting changes like having the guards look back to the QB for the snap count so he can keep looking upfield.— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) August 5, 2014
Mitch Hall also said Ricker is having the guards play a little further back from the line, so they can step laterally more and not backpedal— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) August 5, 2014
Out-of-context question of the day, to #Mizzou's AJ Ricker: "Are you a nasty coach?"— Pete Scantlebury (@PeteScantlebury) August 5, 2014
Mitch Hall indulged me when I asked if he ever got mistaken for Mitch Hall: "We were wanting him to do one of my interviews one day."— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) August 5, 2014
Seriously, though, how many college football teams in the nation have one guy named Mitch on them, let alone three?— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) August 5, 2014
Finally, Evan Boehm out of context: "It's not a bad chirp."— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) August 5, 2014
Ricker said MU's group has been eager to learn: "I told them the day I have to count loafs and motivate guys is the day I quit coaching."— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) August 5, 2014
Boehm said Ricker's been put on the new guy joke board in the meeting room, to tell a joke to the group during camp. Ricker asked to go last— David Morrison (@DavidCMorrison) August 5, 2014
Brandon Lee isn't built like a true freshman: pic.twitter.com/tdosPHMNwR— Gabe DeArmond (@GabeDeArmond) August 6, 2014
Man I wish I was at camp in COMO right now...— Tavon Ross (@BCFlight_9) August 5, 2014
E StL S Greg Taylor, who didn't qualify academically after siging with #Mizzou, will play at Hinds CC in MS, where CB Kenya Dennis played.— Tod Palmer (@todpalmer) August 5, 2014
Junior CB David Johnson made a nice read and break on a ball in the flat late in the day and swooped in for a pass break up, nearly securing the interception that he likely would have taken the other way if he could have corralled the ball before it was knocked away by the receiver-turned-defender on the play...
The seemingly endless cycle of guys fielding kick and punt returns added three more names today -- Trevon Walters, Raymond Wingo and Ish Witter. Some combination of Murphy, Aarion Penton, John Gibson, Ian Simon, Anthony Sherrils and Thomas Wilson have been back there the first two days as well.