Students get into practice!
And they stuck a mic on Glen Elarbee!
Sophomore QB Drew Lock connected with junior WR J'Mon Moore on a beautiful 35-yard TD pass late in the day, as Lock hit his receiver in stride between a pair of defenders, with Moore showing great concentration to bring the ball in for the score. Lock also showed some good rapport with senior WR Chris Black, as the pair hooked up for several nice gains, including one that went down to the five yard line to set up a four-yard touchdown run by junior TB Ish Witter.
Not to be outdone, sophomore QB Marvin Zanders also made some big plays, both with his arm and legs. Early in the day, he took advantage of what appeared to be a busted coverage, and hit redshirt freshman WR Johnathan Johnson for a 75-yard catch-and-run touchdown. Zanders spotted Johnson alone running down the right side, and hit him in stride about 35 yards downfield for the completion. Then Johnson made one inside cut to elude a pursuing safety coming over in support, and he ran it in the rest of the way to pay dirt.
Donavin Newsom returned an interception 90 yards for a touchdown, and Drew Lock connected with J’Mon Moore for a 35-yard touchdown pass during the Missouri football team’s 2½-hour controlled, situational scrimmage Saturday on Faurot Field. It was MU’s final scrimmage before its Black and Gold Game, which is at 5 p.m. next Saturday.
The senior Newsom is in a battle with sophomore Terez Hall for a starting linebacker spot. Newsom also recorded a sack.
Obviously, [the limited media policy] been frustrating for the media, and even some fans have noticed. I asked Odom about the policy today.
"Just for our staff and for our team, to get as good as we can get," Odom said, "and don’t worry about -- I just want to eliminate as many things as I can for our guys. We obviously understand the situation that we’re in. We need to be good now. And for us, to just be able to come out and work -- and it’s the same approach I’ve taken on a lot of things, in the weight room and in the meeting rooms, we’re doing things a little bit differently, and then on the practice field.
"I want our guys to focus, when it’s these two hours, I want our guys to focus on getting as good as we can get out here. We need, we’ve got a long ways to go, and I’m excited about our work that our guys have put in. Our student athletes, we’re doing a lot of positive things in the classroom. We’re doing a lot, getting a lot better out here, and I like the work that we’re doing in the weight room, too."
First-year Missouri coach Barry Odom would prefer to play an actual game, but with only eight scholarship offensive lineman available and healthy that may not be possible.
He planned to make a decision after evaluating how effective Saturday’s scrimmage was.
"I’d love to line up and play a game, but I don’t know if we’re going to be able to do it or not," Odom said. "We’ll be able to tell after (Saturday’s scrimmage), I hope. … I wish I had a great answer for you. I’ve got about five different scenarios."
Receivers are confident (which is better than the alternative)
[Justin Smith] impressed with the second- third-team offenses during scrimmages last fall but still ended up with the dreaded redshirt. Still, he learned from his year sitting out.
"I want to be a better player," Smith said. "I put "pressure "down on myself because I’ve got to get my knowledge and keys right. Other individuals such as JJ and them, we kind of push them too, but not as much. We’re just waiting on them."
Floyd (5-11, 185) and Johnson (5-10, 175) are both speedy, shifty options in the slot with Black and Wingo. Floyd said the two are so similar and spend so much time together that people call them brothers.
"We always hang around with each other and play around with other people," Floyd said.
Hill coached wide receivers when Barry Odom was a player for the Tigers. He’s back coaching wide receivers under Odom, the head coach.
No instructions required.
"It’s the same old stuff," Hill said after Friday’s spring practice. "I’ve been doing it for a long time. The transition’s pretty easy." [...]
"You try to say, ‘OK, I know what their habits were from last year and production and all that,’" he said. "But we’re going from practice 1 to practice 15 and seeing where they are."
The Trib (Blake Toppmeyer): Indianapolis OL Pompey Coleman commits to MU's class of 2017
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The Trib: Hughes pledges to join Missouri after weekend visit
Post-Dispatch: Frankie Hughes commits to Mizzou basketball
The Missourian: Missouri men's basketball nets commitment from Frankie Hughes
PowerMizzou: Hughes and Jackson will team up again
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