The Missouri Tiger football team held its second practice of 2012 training camp Friday morning on the Kadlec Practice Fields, going for a little over two hours. The Tigers continued to work without pads, which don’t come on until Monday, but even without full contact, Head Coach Gary Pinkel was able to take away a good impression of the action.
“Overall, I think it was a good day,” Pinkel said. “We don’t have any pads on right now, so there’s a lot of restrictions on a lot of things you can do, but it’s a good time to be working on fundamentals, as it always is, and the details of the position. The physical part is going to be cranking up here pretty quick, we get shoulder pads on now, and eventually we’ll get pads on,” he said.
Ever wonder what a typical day in camp consists of for your Tigers? Here’s a detailed look for Friday, August 3rd:
• 5:45 a.m. Wake Up • 6:00 a.m. Breakfast • 6:15 a.m. Tape/Weigh In • 7:15 a.m. Practice • Post-Practice Media Interviews • 10:35 a.m. Kick Meetings • 10:45 a.m. Position Meetings • 11:15 a.m. Lunch/Treatment • 12:00 p.m. Staff Meeting • 12:45 p.m. Academic Orientation for 1st-Year Players • 2:05 p.m. Treatment/Weigh In • 3:05 p.m. Position Meetings • 3:45 p.m. Team Meeting • 5:30 p.m. Dinner • 6:05 p.m. Senior Meeting • 6:15 p.m. Team Meeting • 6:45 p.m. Position Meeting • 9:00 p.m. Snack in Dorms • 10:30 p.m. Bed Check
On Saturday, the team will put on shoulder pads for the first time when they hit the practice fields at 7:15 a.m. They’ll also have a morning session on Sunday, prior to the annual Fan/Photo Day, to be held at Memorial Stadium. The fan portion of the day begins at 3:45 p.m., when gates to the stadium open up.
Here were a couple of quotes gleaned from Coach Pinkel’s post-practice media session today:
ON DEFENSIVE LINEMAN Matt Hoch
“He weighs almost 300 pounds now, too, so he’s had a little bit of a transformation body-wise. I think when he was playing tight end, I think he was really keeping his weight down. Honestly, he’s where we thought he might go because we thought he had size potential, and obviously he’s a real good athlete. He’s very strong, very competitive, so we thought it was a great move for us. He’s worked really hard, he’s just got to keep getting better.”
“We saw him in high school, and we thought potentially this is where he might be lined up. His brother (Dan) is big, he’s a little different build than his brother, they’re just big people. What we do, is we always talk to the players, and our job is to get the players in the position where they can be the greatest player they can be. I don’t ever want a guy to go to a position where he doesn’t want to be at. Our program doesn’t have that. People try to recruit against us and say `they’re going to move you here if you go to Missouri’. I tell them that will never happen unless you want it to. They can play anywhere on the field except quarterback. Our job is to make sure, as we evaluate, like today, is there a safety who could be playing corner, is there a receiver who could be playing safety? We talk to them, and we communicate with them, and I think our players really trust us, because we’ve made pretty good moves before, and I think they trust our staff.”
ON Elvis Fisher’S LEADERSHIP
“He’s such a great kid. He’s a very seasoned guy, and our players have great respect for him, they voted him captain again. He loves his team, he loves his program, and he really cares about it, and I think they see all of those things. He not only is a heck of a football player, he brings a lot more back into our lockerroom with his leadership, and that’s always huge.”