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Missouri practice notes: Ish Witter’s injury not considered serious

Practices news, notes and quotes plus Mizzou’s top seniors will need an impressive 2016 season to receive a Senior Bowl invitation.

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Tod Palmer from the Star tells us who impressed in Missouri’s latest scrimmage.

Missouri played its second scrimmage of fall camp Saturday under the lights and Odom was generally pleased with what he saw.

“Offensively, Ish Witter did some really good things,” he said. “Our tight ends are a talented group. I thought the offensive line protected well and, wide receiver-wise, J’Mon (Moore) had a couple catches, which was nice to see.”

Witter was held out of practice on Tuesday, but Scout’s Nate Latsch says Odom is not worried about Witter’s injury.

“He banged his knee on the ground,” Odom said. “If it were Week 1 of camp, he would have been practicing today. He’s done enough to this point. We know what Ish is bringing to the table and I’m excited about him getting back. I think he’ll get a little work in tomorrow. I’m not too concerned about it.”

Blake Toppmeyer from the CDT gives us a full injury report:

Tuesday’s injury report: Witter was out with a bruised right knee, safety Finis Stribling IV was out due to concussion protocol and safety Anthony Sherrils was out due to a family matter. Others who remained out: wide receiver Nate Brown (ankle), offensive lineman Darvis Holmes (shoulder), linebacker Trey Baldwin (concussion protocol) and offensive lineman Tanner Owen (undisclosed medical). Witter injured his knee in Saturday’s scrimmage. Odom said the injury is not serious and he could’ve practiced Tuesday if it were a game week.

Back to full participation in practice were running back Damarea Crockett (sprained right shoulder), cornerback T.J. Warren (hamstring), tight end Sean Culkin (knee) and linebacker Donavin Newsom (concussion protocol).

Dave Matter fills us in on the expected offensive o-line-ment.

Heupel likes what he sees from the No. 1 offensive line, a group that appears to be all but established as Tyler Howell at left tackle, Kevin Pendleton at left guard, Samson Bailey at center,Alec Abeln at right guard and Paul Adams at right tackle.

The Senior Bowl watch list has come out, and by no surprise Mizzou gets its four standout seniors on the list. With high expectations on the defensive side of the ball, Mizzou’s Josh Augusta, Alex Ross, Aarion Penton and Michael Scherer will be in a strong position for a spot in the Senior Bowl. They are on the 2016 Senior Bowl watchlist:

Mizzou had 3 players selected for the 2015 Senior Bowl. Both Kentrell Brothers and Evan Boehm had an impressive game, while Connor McGovern could not participate in the game due to an injury he sustained during a Senior Bowl practice.

It will be interesting to see who makes the final list for the 2016 Senior Bowl, as it is usually a good indication if they will be drafted after college.

Josh Augusta was a recent nominee to SB Nation’s “Piesman Trophy” watchlist as well.

Elsewhere, SEC Country ranks every coaching job in the conference

12. Missouri

The Tigers boast a proud tradition and passionate fan base, but the program is at a crossroads. Gary Pinkel’s retirement, social unrest at the school, below-average facilities and its distance from the talent-rich South all are working against it.

We’re about to find out whether Missouri’s recent success (two SEC East titles in the past four seasons) should be credited to Pinkel, or to the program’s ability to develop talent. Barry Odom was a fine choice to lead the program, and how he fares will go a long way toward answering that question.

Make sure you check out this feature on Cam Hilton from the Missourian’s Aaron Reiss.

Bowman was found dead Feb. 9, 2014, days after signing his letter of intent to play football at Lindenwood University.

He was undersized for a football player, about 145 pounds, but he told his mother “if size matters, then the elephant would be the king of the jungle, instead of the lion.” And Bowman was, he liked to say, “lionhearted.”

Hilton has “lionhearted” tattooed on his left pec. He’ll wear No. 7 this season for Missouri, Bowman’s old number. He has the number tattooed on his right shoulder. A halo hangs over the number’s angle.

Finally, a pretty cool video highlighting the coaches on staff who played for Missouri: