Tigers nicked up
By TOD PALMER
The Kansas City Star
Before the season opener against Murray State and during Mondays press conference, Missouri coach Gary Pinkel happily relayed that the Tigers had no injuries to report.
Thats changed during the last five days.
Backup cornerback Ernest Payton showed up Saturday on crutches and is finished for the season after tearing his ACL in practice earlier in the week.
It was noncontact, just one of those things that happen, Pinkel said. Hell have surgery next week unfortunately. He was a redshirt sophomore playing pretty well.
Pinkel said cornerback E.J. Gaines, who hurt his knee late in training camp, also was dinged up, but he didnt offer specifics.
Sophomore linebacker Kentrell Brothers was also injured, but additional information was available.
Left guard Max Copeland sprained his left ankle in the first half, but he returned shortly after the injury and gutted his way through.
Four plays into the second half, Missouri linebacker Andrew Wilson was penalized for unnecessary roughness and ejected from the game under the NCAAs new targeting rule.
Replays showed that Wilson hit Toledo wide receiver Bernard Reedy in the helmet with his right forearm. Pinkel hadnt seen a replay, but he also didnt criticize the call.
Bottom line is you cant hit above the shoulders, Pinkel said. You cant hit near the shoulder line. You cant do it. Hes on my team and hes a great kid. He would never try to hurt anybody, but weve got to protect the game and protect kids.
Wilson will miss the first half against Indiana on Sept. 21, because the play occurred after halftime.
Mauk makes another appearance
Redshirt freshman quarterback Maty Mauk played one series, handing off to Henry Josey for a 3-yard gain and getting sacked twice for an unceremonious three-and-out.
We decided we were putting him in the first series of the second quarter, Pinkel said. Well probably continue to do that to get him some playing time. I dont think he got a whole lot of help when he was in there.
It was a tough situation for Mauk. Missouri only led 10-6 at the time and was starting at its own 18-yard line.