COLUMBIA, Mo. – During #MIZCamp on Wednesday morning at the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex (MATC), the defense led by new coordinator Barry Odom stood out, making numerous big plays and holding strong in various situations. The offense also showed big-play ability and was able to move the ball while simulating the final two minutes of a half. Below are some highlights from the seventh practice of fall camp:

  • During 11-on-11, LB Donavin Newsomforced a fumble along the sideline that was recovered by DB Anthony Sherrils, who hustled to keep the ball from going out of bounds to secure the turnover.
  • LB Terez Hall jumped a route and intercepted a pass during the WR/TE vs. LB/DB drills.
  • QB Marvin Zanders found WR Johnathon Johnson on a long pass along the sideline for a 35-yard gain in 11-on-11.
  • The defensive line consistently closed up running lanes during the 11-on-11 portion.
  • LB Kentrell Brothers delivered a big hit along the sideline, preventing a reception.
  • TB Russell Hansbrough made an instinctive move to get upfield on a swing pass to gain 12 yards and move the chains.
  • DL Nate Howard recorded a sack during 11-on-11 after reading a designed rollout.
  • Andrew Baggett converted a 47-yard field goal with plenty of leg as the ball soared through the uprights.
  • DB Tavon Ross delivered a strong hit during the receivers vs. secondary period.
  • Nick Coffman closed practice with a 53-yard field goal after the second-team offense drove down the field to put the special teams unit in position to score.
  • TB Morgan Steward showed a burst on running plays to go along with impressive speed in the open field.

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Mizzou Football Linebacker Donavin Newsom learns more about Rookie Linebacker Terez Hall after fall camp practice on Wednesday, August 12, 2015. Follow #MIZCamp on TwitterInstagram, and Facebook for all the inside access during 2015 Fall Camp.

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COLUMBIA, Mo. – On the second day of 2015 #MIZCamp, the Tigers again worked out in only helmets on the practice fields behind the Mizzou Athletics Training Complex (MATC). The Tigers were up bright and early for the first morning practice of camp. Following practice, assistant coaches and offensive players met with the media.

  • QB Maty Mauk displayed impressive accuracy throwing from the pocket and on the run. In the live team portion, he moved the offense down the field with strong throws and also gained yardage on the ground.
  • QB Eddie Printz connected with WR Nate Brown on a long completion. Brown elevated to pull down the pass, overcoming tight coverage from CB Kenya Dennis.
  • The secondary was active, consistently showing strong coverage skills and recording multiple passes defensed.
  • At the conclusion of practice, Gary Pinkel formally introduced #MizzouMade All-American and recently retired NFL All-Pro Justin Smith, who has joined the coaching staff as a strength and conditioning assistant for Dr. Pat Ivey. Pinkel spoke about how much the team and coaching staff will benefit from someone of Smith’s stature and experience coupled with a #MizzouMade background.

Mizzou Defensive Lineman Rickey Hatley catches up with rookie Marcell Frazier after his first practice as a Mizzou Tiger on Thursday, August 6, 2015.

The Mizzou Football Family visited the Missouri National Guard for a weekend of leadership training at Camp Clark on Saturday, June 27 and Sunday, June 28, 2015 in Nevada, Mo.

“Each one of you had to sacrifice for this family. Each one of you had to go out and earn it. It was never going to be given to us.

It’s that passion of a Missouri Tiger that causes our fans to fill The ZOU. That enthusiasm you bring to the games is what brings this state together on a Saturday.” – Gary Pinkel

Season tickets for the 2015 season in The ZOU are on sale now.

 

Football was back in action in The ZOU Saturday, April 18, and the atmosphere was just as electric as ever. Gary Pinkel’s squad gave the crowd of 30,000-plus a reason to cheer as the 2014 Mizzou seniors were recognized at midfield. Hundreds of MizzouMade players, including NFL stars like Jeremy Maclin, Brad Smith, Sheldon Richardson, and Tim Barnes were in The ZOU to catch up with their Mizzou family.

It was the first team defense that came up big to begin the game, with junior defensive end Marcus Loud getting a sack to end the first series. The second team offense would get it going later though. They drove down the field and made some impressive individual plays in the first quarter, including a one-handed catch and run by senior tailback Tyler Hunt on a screen pass.

But the 1’s wouldn’t be outdone. Senior tailback Russell Hansbrough rushed his way to a first down and sophomore tight end Jason Reese hauled in a 12-yard catch from junior quarterback Maty Mauk to set up a field goal. Senior placekicker Andrew Baggett, who’s had a strong spring season, put a 36-yard field goal through the uprights to make it 14-3 after booting a 65-yard punt earlier in the quarter.

Following the first score of the game, the 2’s responded with a drive of their own. A back-shoulder pass from sophomore quarterback Eddie Printz to sophomore wide receiver DeSean Blair resulted in a 20-yard gain, and highlighted the drive by the second team. The drive ended on 4th and 1 when junior defensive lineman Harold Brantley dropped for a 2-yard loss.

Mauk looked impressive in the next series, hooking up with senior wide receiver Wesley Leftwich on a nice out-route while on the move for a 14-yard gain. Mauk would also scramble his way inside the 5-yard line in the 2-minute drill, and capped off the series with a 4-yard fade to junior wide receiver J’mon Moore in the corner of the end zone for a touchdown. Mauk threw for 5-6 for 36 yards on the series, and also scrambled 3 times for 28 yards on the ground. His totals for the game were 9-14 for 68 yards, one touchdown and 6 carries for 40 rushing yards.

The second half showed more highlight plays, including a nice 25-yard grab from sophomore wide receiver Raymond Wingo from fellow sophomore quarterback Marvin Zanders, and a 23-yard catch two plays later. Junior placekicker Nick Coffman would give the 2’s a 25-yard field goal. The final score Tiger2 17, Mizzou1 10.

The Mizzou Football Family begins fall camp for the 2015 season the first week of August. You can buy tickets here to cheer on the Back-to-Back SEC East Champions in the fall.

Mizzou Football team scrimmaged on Tuesday, April 14 in The ZOU. Both sides of the ball made some impressive plays in what was the team’s last scrimmage before the Black and Gold Spring Game on April 18 at The ZOU.

The offense made plays throughout the scrimmage, including a nice 12–yard fade from junior quarterback Maty Mauk to find senior wide receiver Wesley Leftwich in the back of the end zone for the touchdown. The offense’s young standouts made some impressive plays as well, including a catch and hurdle by freshman tight end Kendall Blanton to set up a 50-yard Andrew Baggett field goal. Sophomore tight end Jason Reese also showed his strength by giving a strong second effort to gain yards after a reception. He would finish with two catches for 31 yards on the day.

The defense wouldn’t be outdone either, as junior defensive lineman Josh Augusta made a big time play with tackle for loss. The defense also continued to produce turnovers on the afternoon like they have all spring, as senior cornerback David Johnson laid out for a tipped ball to grab an interception. Junior cornerback Aarion Penton looked impressive again as he recorded his third pick of the spring and return it for 23 yards.

The offense finished strong, however. Mauk hooked up with sophomore wide receiver J’mon Moore for a 50-yard bomb for a touchdown to close out the scrimmage. Moore would finish with four catches for 72 yards and one touchdown. Mauk completed 11 passes on 21 attempts, good for 138 yards, two touchdowns and one interception while also rushing for 17 yards. The Mizzou offense looks to bring it against the talented defense at the Black and Gold Spring Game this Saturday, April 18th at 4 p.m. at The ZOU.

Mizzou offensive line will bring an extra level of experience and leadership to the Mizzou Football squad this season. This experience should help the Tigers when they kick off their season September 5th in The ZOU.

The o-line’s experience will be crucial to the Mizzou Football family on and off the field. One example of how having an experienced line can help an offense in the game is being able to communicate when a defense switches up their looks. Senior right guard Connor McGovern explains how him and fellow senior center Evan Boehm communicate on the field.

“If a normal person heard it you probably wouldn’t understand what we’re saying” says McGovern, “it’s like grunts and abbreviated words and all that kind of stuff.”

“But we’ve played together for so long, and we know each other to where grunts can be forms of communication for us,” Boehm added.

However they talk, the big boys up front can protect the Mizzou backfield this Saturday, April 18 at 4:00pm for the Black and Gold Spring Game in The ZOU.