The Missouri Tigers held their first major scrimmage of the fall camp Saturday morning at Faurot Field, and while the Tiger defense won 14-10 on modified scoring, the offense at times showed the ability to hit some big plays as the Tigers tried to stretch the field much more than last season.
QB James Franklin hit WR Marcus Lucas in stride behind the #2 defensive secondary, and Lucas took it the distance for a 75-yard touchdown. Lucas finished with 104 yards on three catches after taking a couple of days off earlier in the week with a sore hamstring. QB Maty Mauk (number two on the fall depth chart) hit WR Jaleel Clark for a 65-yard touchdown after the secondary bit on a play fake.
Franklin ended the scrimmage 11-of-19 passing for 174 yards with two touchdowns and one interception. Mauk finished 11-of-22 for 211 yards with one touchdown and one interception overall. Sophomore QB Corbin Berkstresser was 10-of-21 passing for 119 yards, while true freshmen Eddie Printz (15-of-16 for 97 yards) and Trent Hosick (3-of-10 for 21 yards and one interception).
Despite the big plays, the big concern for Gary Pinkel was Mizzou beating Mizzou. In particular he talked about receivers dropping passes.
“We had a lot of good things happen. There are always things on both sides of the ball, you know, when you’re beating yourself. Whether its mental errors, your penalties, your dropped balls, things like that…Overall I think there were a lot of good things,” Pinkel said.