Mizzou Network: Spring Practice Report

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Mizzou Tiger Head Coach Gary Pinkel had a lot of optimism in his voice on Wednesday, April 2 when interviewed on the Tigers’ spring football training. Despite a lot of college coach’s negative thoughts on having a spring break that interrupts practice, Pinkel only found positives.

“I’m really pleased,” Pinkel said. “You know, a lot of coaches don’t like to break up their spring ball. When they come back (from break), they just don’t get the practices that they would expect. But, I think we’ve had as high an energy practice today since we’ve been here.”

Pinkel expressed content with the effort given by his players, especially at the end of practice, which he said was very competitive. However and to no surprise, that doesn’t satisfy his the drive that sets that competitive bar either.

“We’re making progress, but we’ve also got a long, long way to go,” Pinkel said.

Pinkel made it clear there are a lot of good things happening for the Tigers right now. With young players heartily competing, the biggest achievement is the team’s bonding. However, at the end of the day, Pinkel is looking for performance from his squad.

“(Competition) is important,” Pinkel said. “Everything is based on competition here. I’m pleased with that thus far.”

See more Mizzou Network updates from the Tigers’ first and second spring practices.