Campus Corner

MU scrimmage report: Ebner sits, defense shines

Defense ruled Missouri's second scrimmage of the fall this morning, defeating the offense by the convincing score of 18-4.

"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.

Will Ebner Donovan Bonner Andrew Wilson

did so in the nickel.

*As far as I could tell, there were no other surprise injuries. Defensive tackle

Matt Hoch Lucas Vincent Kip Edwards Evan Winston T.J. Moe Justin Britt L'Damian Washington Jimmie Hunt 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.

*Marcus Lucas 11 pass from James Franklin


Brock Bondurant, 1-2, 8


Joe Plevel, 1-3


Trey Barrow, 6-6 (Made 48, 44, 38, 34, 24, 30)


Tyler Hunt, 1-0


Clarence Green, 1-0


Blocked Kicks - Sheldon Richardson (1).


Trey Barrow, 4-165 (2 inside 20)

Christian Brinser, 4-169 (1 inside 20)

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