Campus Corner

MU morning report: Leftwich makes the catch of the day

A few observations from Day 12 of Missouri's fall football camp...receiver

Wes Leftwich

made a nice over-the-shoulder catch on a pass from quarterback

Corbin Berkstresser

during end-zone drills today. Leftwich, who ran a fade to the back of the end zone, beat backup corner Xavier Smith on the play, which drew an impressive reaction from his thing that never gets old is seeing receiver

Marcus Lucas

go one-on-one with cornerback

E.J. Gaines

. Lucas, who stands 6 feet 5, has a seven-inch height advantage on Gaines, but Missouri's top corner often rises to the challenge. One quarterback (I didn't see who) tried to test Gaines today by throwing a short jump ball to the corner to Lucas, but Gaines knocked it away as he and Lucas fell to the ground. This prompted injured receiver

Jimmie Hunt

- who was standing nearby and playfully jawing with Gaines during the session - to exasperatedly say to Lucas "Come on, use your body"...freshman running back

Russell Hansbrough

, who has been dealing with a sprained ankle, finally shed his non-contact jersey today and got a chance to work with the third team. Hansbrough, a 5 foot 9, 180 pound speedster who has been compared by some to

Henry Josey

, showed impressive speed and elusiveness, at one point reversing his field to gain extra yards. Though it’s widely been assumed that only one of the two freshman tailbacks would earn playing time this year - with the other being Staley graduate

Morgan Steward

- Pinkel said both have the potential to play, provided they earn it. “I think they’re both competing, they’re both doing well, they’re both talented," Pinkel said. "Russell today, you can see it a little bit, he’s got fresh legs out there and he was able to participate which is really good. So we’ll just see how it goes."

Worth noting

Redshirt freshman linebacker

Brandon Durant

has decided to leave the team for personal reasons, team spokesman Chad Moller said. Durant, from Copperas Cove, Tex., was listed behind

Zaviar Gooden


Darvin Ruise

at weakside linebacker in the first depth chart of the fall.

Injury report

Missouri got a little good news on the medical front today, as Hansbrough and defensive tackle

Lucas Vincent

each shed their red non-contact jerseys and participated in practice. Vincent got some work with the No. 2 defense.

*On the other hand, starting linebacker

Zaviar Gooden

- who played in Saturday's scrimmage - sat out most of practice with an injury. Junior linebacker

Donovan Bonner

, who was the star of the spring game, took his place with the first team.

*Inside receiver

Jimmie Hunt

, who hauled in six passes during Saturday's scrimmage, wore a boot on his left ankle to protect a sprained foot while outside receivers

L'Damian Washington

(bruised shoulder) and

Rolandis Woodland

also sat out. All three played in Saturday's scrimmage.

*With Hunt, freshman tight end

Sean Culkin

and receivers

T.J. Moe


Eric Waters

- all of whom are expected to log playing time at Missouri's inside receiving positions this year - still sitting out, I noticed

Gahn McGaffie

, Bud Sasser and

Jaleel Clark

getting some reps with the first team. Freshman

Dorial Green-Beckham

got some second-team reps, as well.

*Also sitting out: offensive tackle

Chris Freeman

, running back

Greg White

, offensive tackle

Justin Britt

and cornerback

Kip Edwards

. All four sat out Saturday's scrimmage, as well. Offensive guard

Travis Ruth

(triceps) and offensive tackle

Taylor Chappell

(knee) are out for the season with their respective injuries.

Next up

I spotted starting middle linebacker

Will Ebner

and defensive tackle

Evan Winston

walking off the field with apparent injuries this morning I hope to have some sort of update on each during this afternoon's practice, which begins at 3:45 p.m.

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