A few observations from Day 12 of Missouri's fall football camp...receiverWes Leftwich
made a nice over-the-shoulder catch on a pass from quarterbackCorbin 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 teammates...one thing that never gets old is seeing receiverMarcus Lucas
go one-on-one with cornerback
. 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 receiverJimmie 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 backRussell 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 toHenry 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 graduateMorgan 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 linebackerBrandon Durant
has decided to leave the team for personal reasons, team spokesman Chad Moller said. Durant, from Copperas Cove, Tex., was listed behindZaviar Gooden
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 tackleLucas 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 linebackerZaviar Gooden
- who played in Saturday's scrimmage - sat out most of practice with an injury. Junior linebackerDonovan Bonner
, who was the star of the spring game, took his place with the first team.
*Inside receiverJimmie Hunt
, who hauled in six passes during Saturday's scrimmage, wore a boot on his left ankle to protect a sprained foot while outside receiversL'Damian Washington
(bruised shoulder) andRolandis Woodland
also sat out. All three played in Saturday's scrimmage.
*With Hunt, freshman tight endSean Culkin
and receiversT.J. Moe
- all of whom are expected to log playing time at Missouri's inside receiving positions this year - still sitting out, I noticedGahn McGaffie
, Bud Sasser andJaleel Clark
getting some reps with the first team. FreshmanDorial Green-Beckham
got some second-team reps, as well.
*Also sitting out: offensive tackleChris Freeman
, running backGreg White
, offensive tackleJustin Britt
and cornerbackKip Edwards
. All four sat out Saturday's scrimmage, as well. Offensive guardTravis Ruth
(triceps) and offensive tackleTaylor Chappell
(knee) are out for the season with their respective injuries.Next up
I spotted starting middle linebackerWill Ebner
and defensive tackleEvan 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.To reach Terez A. Paylor, call 816-234-4489 or send e-mail to firstname.lastname@example.org. Follow him at twitter.com/TerezPaylor and on Instagram at TerezPaylor.