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Mizzou newcomers Kaleb Prewett, Rashad Brandon powered defense in Black & Gold game

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Mizzou’s spring football practices came to an end with Saturday’s Black & Gold game. You can check out our immediate reactions, photos, and highlights, but here’s what others had to say:

Defense looked united, tackled well


“Last year is in the past,” senior defensive tackle A.J. Logan said. “We’re just trying to show what the 2017 defense can do. I’m not really worried about last year. Yeah, it left a salty taste in my mouth, but I’m ready to move on and bring the new defense back.”

The new Mizzou defense is the old defense, a revision of the attacking front four that terrorized offenses during the late Pinkel years, when pass rushers were unshackled and free to create havoc in the backfield.

KC Star:

“We did pretty good,” senior defensive end Jordan Harold, who started with the first-string defense, said of the front four’s performance. “We came out kind of slow, but we definitely progressed throughout the game. … It’s tough with all the injuries and stuff, but I think like we held up pretty good.”

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Offense has high expectations

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The Missourian: Younger players use spring game as chance to show their worth

The Missourian: Lock and Wilson follow their fathers to Missouri

“The most popular guy on the team is the backup QB”

The Trib:

“Jack was looking good today, man,” guard Kevin Pendleton said. “Jack was out there slinging it, stepping up in the pocket when he needed to and letting it go. That’s something he’s been working on all spring."

Saturday was the first time Tigers fans had seen Lowary throw a pass since last year’s spring game. He transferred to Missouri after starting his freshman season at junior college and redshirted last year behind starter Drew Lock and backup Marvin Zanders.

Newcomers had their moments


Kaleb Prewett, a transfer from Kansas State, played well with the first-team defense at nickel and thinks he locked down a starting position.

"As I've played the position a little bit more, I started to get more comfortable with the spot," Prewett said. "Now I feel like I can fly around. There's still things I can work on, obviously, but I feel like I'm definitely comfortable with the spot now."

The first-string offense and first-string defense again squared off on the third drive and junior college transfer DT Rashad Brandon (Jersey City, N.J.) blew up a pair of running plays, forcing a third-and-long that the offense did not convert. Freshman early-enrollee Isaiah Miller (Baldwin, Fla.) showed off some nifty moves on the drive for the offense, breaking off an 18-yard run, but the first-string defense held.

The Missourian:

On Saturday, [Tre] Williams got his first taste of playing college football, even if it was just in a glorified scrimmage. He suited up in with Missouri's first-team defense to take the field in the Tigers' annual Black & Gold Game.

Williams didn't expect to be in a starting role before the week started. When redshirt senior Marcell Frazier suffered a broken arm, a spot on the line opened up for the redshirt freshman.

Williams made the most of his opportunity, recording three tackles and a sack against the Gold team. His performance caught the eye of former defensive standout Shane Ray, who was in attendance for Saturday's scrimmage.

Post-Dispatch: Mizzou's Brandon makes strong first impression

Well hey there, Tucker McCann


One of the day’s most promising moments came off the foot of kicker Tucker McCann. Coming off a rough freshman season, McCann drilled a 47-yard field goal and made all three of his PATs.

“Seeing that 47-yarder, it was almost a sigh of relief for everyone _ and the fans,” right tackle Paul Adams said.

KC Star: Spring game provides window into Tucker McCann’s strides

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