Posted: 6:16 a.m. Wednesday, Aug. 14, 2013
By Bill C.
KC Star: MU’s Gaines, Josey sit out practice with injuries
The Trib: Gaines, Josey sit out Tuesday with injuries
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Camp Notes: Gaines has knee tendon strain; Josey held out with sore hamstring
The Missourian: Missouri football playing it safe with injuries to key players
Post-Dispatch: Injuries sideline Mizzou's Gaines, Josey
Two starters sat out today’s practice on Faurot Field, cornerback E.J. Gaines and tailback Henry Josey. Gaines, arguably Mizzou’s most indispensable defender, strained the patellar tendon in his left knee midway through Monday’s practice and will miss about a week of practice, team spokesman Chad Moller said.
Josey, coming back from a knee injury that sidelined him for the entire 2012 season and required three surgeries, has a minor hamstring injury. He’s considered day to day. The training staff gave Josey the day off as a precaution, Moller said. MU wanted to give Josey a "maintenance day" during camp for his knee, and with the hamstring injury, today was considered ideal for some rest.
Practice Report: Day 12
With the #1 offense going against the #2 defense, senior QB James Franklin hit junior WR Bud Sasser on a nicely-timed route for a gain of around 10 yards. Junior TB Marcus Murphy tried the right edge on a rush next, but redshirt freshman LB Donavin Newsom was there to hold him for no gain. Next, Franklin rolled the pocket, and hit sophomore WR Dorial Green-Beckham in stride, but it was ruled that Green-Beckham didn't get a foot in bounds on the sideline grab, so the point went to the defense on the play. Redshirt freshman QB Maty Mauk came in for a few snaps, and misfired on his first two attempts, before hooking up with senior WR Jaleel Clark for a gain of 15 yards.
Next up, it was the #1 defense squaring off with the #2 offense, and sophomore QB Corbin Berkstresser completed a pair of short passes to Clark and junior WR Darius White for first downs. When the reserve units went at it, sophomore TB Tyler Hunt continued his strong camp as he produced a couple of nice runs, with the first going up the gut, and his second around the edge for a gain of over 25 yards. Later, freshman QB Eddie Printz hit redshirt freshman TE Sean Culkin for a gain of 15 yards. Later when the #1 offense and #1 defense went against each other, the score was tied at 4-4 for the period, with three plays to decide the winner. Murphy carried on the first play for five yards and a first down to give the offense a 5-4 lead. But Franklin couldn't connect on a long go route with senior WR L'Damian Washington (just missing his outstretched hands on what would have been a gain of some 40 yards), and on the final play, Mauk had a pass deflected at the line of scrimmage and fell incomplete to give the defense a 6-5 period win.
It's trite to say that an injury to one of the best players on the team could be a good thing, but Gaines' absence over the next week or so means that freshman cornerback Aarion Penton will get a long look with the top defensive units. Penton's performance was impressive during the first scrimmage last Saturday, as he showed something that can be rare for young corners. Penton didn't shy away from turning and running with bigger, more veteran receivers, staying right on their hip. Some freshmen corners will give receivers more space, being more concerned about getting beat deep rather than being in position to make a play on the ball. Penton, it seems, already has the confidence of an older player.
His play did not go unnoticed, and Pinkel said yesterday that Penton would get more of a chance with the top two defensive teams. (Of course, Pinkel said that after practice Monday, where Gaines was injured but it wasn't disclosed to the media, so maybe that's why the coach brought up Penton's playing time).
Camp Notes: Talking hair, twerking and scooter moves with the offensive line (READ THIS WHOLE PIECE. I LOVE LINEMEN.)
"Everyone asks, ‘What does each one bring to the line?’" Max Copeland postulated. "I bring rock ‘n’ roll and heavy metal. Evan brings weird twerk moves and curly hair and light-heartedness. And Connor brings a mustache to the table. That’s what Connor brings to the table."
McGovern, indeed, has a full-bodied and -- in the words of Copeland -- "damn good" mustache to go along with a tiny bit of beard.
He said he tried to grow a full beard, but that didn't really work out. He shaved the hair to its current form one day, and his teammates made him keep it.
"That’s Connor’s style right now," Boehm said. "All the girls hate it and give him dirty looks. But you know what? The O-line loves it, and he can’t complain about it."
If all of Missouri's linemen look a bit hirsute right now, it's because they're embarking on a "no shave or no haircut until a bowl game" pact.
Copeland and McGovern have hair that reaches past their shoulders. Boehm's mane seems to grow outward and upward instead of down.
All the starting linemen -- tackles Justin Britt and Mitch Morse included -- have variations on full beards.
Except McGovern. His doesn't grow right.
By the way, I updated the Mizzou Interior Line walkthrough piece to include walk-on Stephen Carberry, who has spent a good amount of time with the second string and deserved it. Give it a look. Next update: adding DeQuinton Osborne to the defensive tackles list. I was bound to forget somebody; sorry, DQ. I can cal you DQ, right?
We Are Mizzou
Rookie Spotlight: Charles Harris
Fall Camp 2013: Day 13 Report
As mentioned in yesterday's fanshot, I like the film here, and I like the blood lines. And I like the divide between his recruiting rankings and his offer list. That's fun.
PowerMizzou: Family ties
The Trib (Behind the Stripes): Stepfawn Hughes, brother of Missouri WR Darius White, commits to Tigers
The Trib: Missouri adds 18th football commitment
Post-Dispatch :Tigers land WR recruit from Texas
KC Star: Texas receiver opts to join older brother at Missouri