Since Missouri’s Saturday scrimmage was closed to the media, we didn’t really hear much about it until the next open practice on Monday. What does that mean? Quite the scrimmage notes and practice reports links cocktail.
First, the scrimmage.
Who stood out? According to the coaches, it was a pretty exciting list:
Saturday’s scrimmage was closed to the media, but Tigers coach Barry Odom singled out a few players who had a strong day: quarterback Drew Lock, running backs Larry Rountree III and Nate Strong, defensive tackle Terry BecknerJr. and linebacker Cale Garrett. Other players who created some buzz with their play, others said: quarterback Taylor Powell and slot receiver Richaud Floyd.
Defensive-line coach Brick Haley said freshman defensive end Chris Turner also shined and “has come a long way and done a really good job this fall camp” and also was thrilled with Walter Palmore as a space-eater.
“Our end, Jordan Harold, has a done a great job,” Haley said. “He’s busted his butt every day for us and I’m really pleased with the progress that he’s made and the intensity that he plays with every day.”
Everybody did great! Mizzou’s going to win the SEC! And nobody got hurt!
Some more random notes from practice and whatnot:
Odom said offensive lineman Jonah Dubinski will be on scholarship this season. The Rock Bridge played seven games last season as a redshirt freshman and was the starting center in Missouri’s final two games.
“He’s been a tremendous player in our program,” Odom said. “Started games, played well at a high level. He’s been a great student and has done absolutely everything you’d want a guy like that to do.”
The last addition to Mizzou’s recruiting class could push for a major role. Akial Byers, a defensive lineman from Arkansas who once pledged to Alabama, didn’t commit to the Tigers until visiting the campus in April for the team’s final spring scrimmage. But with rare speed and agility for a 6-foot-4, 290-pound lineman, Byers has emerged as a strong candidate for the defensive end rotation.
That’s right, a 290-pound edge rusher.
“He’s got a to get a little stronger and get off blocks,” defensive line coach Brick Haley said after Monday’s practice, “but his quickness and the long levers he’s got gives him an opportunity to be a good player.”
"My confidence on the defensive end is high," defensive line coach Brick Haley said. "We've got enough bodies to find a few guys to get us some help, maybe some younger guys. Frank [Agbasimere] had a good week last week, then had a great scrimmage on Saturday. I tell the guys all the time, I don't make the depth chart every week, they do. It's all based on performance."
I’m not going to believe that defensive end is suddenly a Mizzou strength or anything, but I will say that it was one of my biggest concerns heading into camp, and if nothing else, it’s been reassuring to hear about guys like Agbasimere, Byers, Anderson, Harold, etc., stepping up. We’ll obviously learn pretty quickly if this was just coaches blowing smoke or if this was a true camp breakthrough, but ... consider me cautiously reassured.
More player features!
- KC Star: Tight end Kendall Blanton could be Mizzou’s biggest surprise this season
- The Trib: MU coaches excited about Franklin Agbasimere’s shift from linebacker to lineman
- The Missourian: Freshman Brooks ready for many roles with Missouri
- Post-Dispatch: Mizzou searching for 'the guy' at safety
- The Missourian: Sherrils finds comfort as Missouri returns to old scheme
- Missouri commit Cam Taylor talked to Rivals.com about his commitment and what Mizzou showed him that “I hadn’t seen before.” Meanwhile, another Montgomery-ite, Tank Jenkins, will be committing in the coming weeks.
- Hey there, Jeremiah Tilmon.
- Barry Odom went to the fair!