Columbia — Defense ruled Missouri's second scrimmage of the fall this morning, defeating the offense by the convincing score of 18-4.
By TEREZ A. PAYLOR
The Kansas City Star
"The defense dominated the scrimmage, we've got a lot of guys out on offense, we've got to get them back," said Missouri coach Gary Pinkel. "I think we'll get most of them back which will help us.
"The clock's ticking. Saturday when we wake up is 14 days. We recognize that and have to make sure we get better."
I'll have much more as the day goes on, but here are some quick injury notes and scrimmage observations to kick things off.
*Senior middle linebacker Will Ebner sat out and wore a red non-contact jersey with a pinched nerve in his neck. Spring star Donovan Bonner replaced him in the Tigers' base defense, while starting outside linebacker Andrew Wilson did so in the nickel.
*As far as I could tell, there were no other surprise injuries. Defensive tackle Matt Hoch, defensive tackle Lucas Vincent, cornerback Kip Edwards, defensive tackle Evan Winston, receiver T.J. Moe, offensive tackle Justin Britt, receiver L'Damian Washington, receiver Jimmie Hunt and receiver Rolandis Woodland all wore non-contact jerseys today, just like they did yesterday.
Scrimmage No. 2 observations
Franklin and the rest of the offense started off the scrimmage a bit shaky, as he fumbled the snap on the very first play. The defense recovered...Dorial Green-Beckham dropped the first pass that came his way, but proceeded to make several big plays - including a one-handed catch - and appears to be a serious run-after-the-catch threat on screen passes. Missouri coach Gary Pinkel again praised his improvement...kicker Andrew Baggett struggled a bit today, missing FGs of 35 and 26 yards. He had been winning the placekicking battle with Trey Barrow, but Pinkel said afterward that the battle for the job could go right down to the start of the season...the stars of the day were defensive ends Brad Madison and Kony Ealy, who feasted on Missouri's banged-up group of offensive tackles all day...defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson, who blocked a field goal and even played dropped into coverage a few times, limped off with what appeared to be a lower-leg injury but returned a few plays later...Franklin found his rhythm later in practice. During one three-play stretch, he hit Marcus Lucas on a nice corner route, connected with Bud Sasser on a deep pass down the sideline and finally find Lucas again for a touchdown over the middle...Darius White, the transfer from Texas, showed ball skills and toughness when he went up high to catch a pass from Maty Mauk and held on despite a good pop from Ka'Ra Stewart...Gahn McGaffie is proving to be a reliable target, as he continues to make several tough catches underneath and near the sideline. "He's had as good a camp as anybody," said receivers coach Andy Hill...Anthony Gatti got some first-reps at left tackle when starter Elvis Fisher, who did play, sat out...tight end Eric Waters showed some run-after-the-catch skills, bowling through a few defenders on one catch-and-run. Waters had a slight knee injury early in camp but seems to be doing fine...freshman tailback Russell Hansbrough continues to show the speed and toughness that has impressed the staff. He broke off a long run early in practice and scored a touchdown on a hard-charging run between the tackles. His competition for the No. 3 running back spot, fellow freshman Morgan Steward, scored a touchdown moments later. Jimmy Burge got the majority of time with the No. 1 defense because of Matt Hoch's injury, and Marvin Foster filled in for Richardson with the ones when he went down for a few plays. Sophomore linebacker Markus Golden, a junior college transfer who just arrived on campus last weekend, earned some snaps with the No. 3 defense at strong-side linebacker...Pinkel had no update on the status of freshman linebacker Torey Boozer, who is still waiting to be cleared by the NCAA.
*Tyler Davis 51 interception return
*Brandon Holifield 8 pass from Maty Mauk
*Russell Hansbrough 5 run
*Morgan Steward 4 run
*Marcus Lucas 11 pass from James Franklin
James Franklin, completed 16 of 25 passes, 177 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception
Corbin Berkstresser, 9-22, 97
Maty Mauk, 10-22, 118, 1 TD, 1 INT
Eric Laurent, 4-6, 30, 1 INT
Brock Bondurant, 1-2, 8
Dorial Green-Beckham, 6 catches, 68 yards
Gahn McGaffie, 5-42
Bud Sasser, 4-63
Marcus Lucas, 4-41, 1 TD
Brandon Holifield, 3-43, 1 TD
Darius White, 3-36
Marcus Murphy, 3-13
Kyle Peasel, 2-29
Jaleel Clark, 2-27
Eric Waters, 1-16
Brandon Colbert, 1-12
Kendial Lawrence, 1-10
Miles Drummond, 1-8
Russell Hansbrough, 1-7
Tyler Hunt, 1-7
Kerwin Stricker, 1-5
Joe Plevel, 1-3
Andrew Baggett, 3 of 7 (Made 38, 30, 28, Missed 48, 44, 34, 24)
Trey Barrow, 6-6 (Made 48, 44, 38, 34, 24, 30)
Corbin Berkstresser, 3 carries, 43 yards
Russell Hansbrough, 6-39, 1 TD
Kendial Lawrence, 7-39
Morgan Steward, 7-18, 1 TD
Marcus Murphy, 7-13
Maty Mauk, 4-9
James Franklin, 1-5
Eric Laurent, 1-4
Levi Copelin, 2-4
Jared McGriff-Culver, 1-3
Miles Drummond, 3-2
Tyler Hunt, 1-0
Tyler Davis, 1-51, 1 TD
Ian Simon, 1-0
Clarence Green, 1-0
Tackles For Loss - Kony Ealy (2), Zaviar Gooden (1), Donovan Bonner (1), Jimmy Burge (1), Derrion Thomas (1).
QB Sacks - Brad Madison (2), Clayton Echard (1), Brayden Burnett (1).
Passes Broken Up - Randy Ponder (2), Donovan Bonner (1), Andrew Wilson (1), Michael Scherer (1), Kony Ealy (1).
Recovered Fumbles - Marvin Foster (1).
Blocked Kicks - Sheldon Richardson (1).
Trey Barrow, 4-165 (2 inside 20)
Christian Brinser, 4-169 (1 inside 20)