Charles Harris is always on.
Josh Moore, too.
Harold on the sidelines
The smile looked exactly the same. It was definitely Brantley.
"One thing I know about Harold is he’s never going to change, regardless of the situation," redshirt freshman defensive end Walter Brady said. "I bet Harold could be on fire right now, and he’s still going to be the motivational guy that he is. He’s still going to be trying to be running around here, doing what he does. I don’t think much has changed. He’s still happy. He’s still our leader."
"That’s part of the frustration of him getting hurt, because he had been doing so remarkably well," Pinkel said. "But the good news is, he’s going to be 100 percent and it’s great to have him out here and be part of that."
"You never think, if you look at the depth, ‘Yeah, this is set. Let’s roll,’" new defensive coordinator Barry Odom said. "You kind of always play the ‘What If’ game a little bit. Well, what if in practice No. 2 somebody turned their ankle and he’s out for a little bit? How are we going to plug guys in? We have done some of that over the course of the summer and forced to do it a little bit quicker."
Fall camp miscellany
MUtigers.com: Mizzou Football Practice #3 Report
* QB Maty Mauk threw a long TD to WR Keyon Dilosa during 1-on-1 drills between receivers and defensive backs.
* WR Nate Brown showed strong hands and awareness in making multiple catches while staying in-bounds along the sideline.
* CB Kenya Dennis dove to break up an accurate pass intended for Brown.
* QB John Eierman threw a TD to Dilosa after rolling out to his left. Dilosa caught the pass in-stride near the goal line.
* CB Aarion Penton broke up an accurate pass from QB Eddie Printz intended for WR Wesley Leftwich.
[Pat] Washington likened the 6-3, 205-pound Brown to former MU receiver Marcus Lucas. Some offenses prefer smaller, quicker receivers at the inside positions, but not necessarily Mizzou. The 6-4 Lucas caught a career-high 58 passes when he moved to the slot in 2013.
"It gives you a chance to get some vertical stuff downfield when the quarterback can actually see the guy," Washington said. "It’s an advantage against most teams."
The Tigers feature good size on the outside, too, with a pair of 6-3 receivers dueling for the X position in redshirt freshman DeSean Blair and sophomore J’Mon Moore.
"He’s a smart football coach," Odom said. "He’s got a good football mind, and he’s coached at the high-school level. There’s a lot of guys that are players that wouldn’t make good coaches. Just because you played football doesn’t make you a great coach or a good coach, but Phil understands the entire 11 positions on defense. He understands his role. And he understands what we need from that to make us better."