Campus Corner

MU report: Battle of black jerseys goes to offense

The kick sailed through the cloudy sky this morning, on a direct path toward the target. Missouri's players in white jerseys watched intently, ready to burst with excitement, while their counterparts in black no doubt cringed, fearing the worst.

And when kicker

Andrew Baggett

's kick split the uprights - ultimately clinching the offense's first win over the defense all camp - the cheer that rose from Missouri quarterbacks, running backs, receivers and offensive linemen made it clear that while this was just another practice, it was also a relief.

For the uninitiated, Missouri coach

Gary Pinkel

structures Missouri's practices in such a way that the offensive and defensive routinely competes against each other, with the score being kept and a victor being declared at the end of practice. The winning side gets to wear black jerseys the next practice; the losing side wears white.

And now, after 13 consecutive days of losing to the defense, the offense finally won - thanks to a kicker, no less - who broke a tie with a 40-yard field goal.

"Obviously that's great confidence for him," Pinkel said of Baggett, who is battling with starting punter

Trey Barrow

for the top placekicking job. "But if he misses, he's got to deal with that. So there's the other side of it."

But he didn't, and now he - and the rest of the offense - gets to wear the coveted black jerseys for Missouri next practice, scheduled for tomorrow morning.

*Saturday's scrimmage didn't appear to shake up the depth chart too much, though

Kony Ealy Brad Madison

. Madison has been dealing with injuries, but is not wearing a red non-contact jersey and consistently worked with the second team today. Madison will play no matter way - he has proven to be a productive player when healthy - but my guess is the switch speaks to Ealy's overall development. He was disruptive during Saturday's scrimmage.

*For now it least, it seems as if

Braylon Webb Matt White

for one of Missouri's starting safety positions. I regularly saw White getting first-team reps last week, but Webb has taken them almost exclusively this week. Things are always liable to change, of course, so stay tuned.

*Junior college linebacker

Markus Golden

, who was just cleared by the NCAA to participate in practice, was in full pads for the first time today. Golden, who stands 6-foot-3 and weighs 230 pounds, is listed as a junior on Missouri's depth chart but has three years of eligibility remaining. Since Golden is apparently ineligible for a redshirt, Pinkel said he would at least like to see the Hutchinson Community College product find a role on special teams this year. In today's practice, I saw him lining up with the scout team (I believe) kickoff coverage unit, so that's a start.

Other Day 13 observations

Gahn McGaffie Dorial Green-Beckham Eric Waters Green-Beckham Matt White Nick Demien Connor McGovern Jack Meiners Max Copeland Evan Boehm Bruce Walker Travis Ruth

out for the season.

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