Mizzou Football First Fall Scrimmage Recap
COLUMBIA - For Gary Pinkel and the Missouri Tigers it was rise and shine, football time. Mizzou hit the gridiron at 8 a.m. for their first fall scrimmage on Saturday. The defense looked to defend its title as they took the field sporting the blackshirts.
One player out of action was wideout Jerrell Jackson, who suffered a hamstring injury in the Friday's practice.
Quarterback James Franklin started his day off with diaster, throwing a pick-six to Will Ebner. Michael Egnew is one of the offense's favorite targets and he finished with six grabs for 48 yards. Jimmy Costello was on his game when he threw a floater to Marcus Lucas for the score. Runningback Kendial Lawrence led the rushing attack with back-to-back 60 yard touchdown runs.
Freshman quarterback Corbin Berkstresser had an off-day, throwing three picks, including a deflected shot to Ian Simon. It was the defense taking the scrimmage 18-10 and earning the blackshirts for yet another day.
"I think we have the making of a really pretty good football team, but we've really got to kind of get al lthe attention to detail things taken care of," said Gary Pinkel.
"I'd say that I didn't necessarily get a good read of the coverage. I was trying to look off the linebacker and I knew I had to make a decision and I wasn't sure if anyone was in the in-zone, to get sacked, but I knew I had to get rid of the ball," said James Franklin. "I should have just thrown it away instead of trying to force it, That's something that I know I was thinking afterwards, but at the time I wasn't thinking about that."
Will Ebner commented about his pick-six, "When I turned around and saw all the defense running behind me, a couple guys made blocks for me, it's just a good feeling. It really rallies the defense and gets momentum going. it leads up to the next play or even the rest of the scrimmage."