August 13, 2007

Scrimmage report: Top units look strong

As Missouri opened its first scrimmage of fall camp, the first-team offense looked to be absolutely everything that was promised. The Tigers marched easily down the field, with Chase Daniel completing his first five passes for five first downs and Jimmy Jackson capping the first drive with a three-yard touchdown run.

"We moved the ball easily on the first series," Daniel said. "Second series, we wanted to work on running the ball, pounding the ball."

On that second series, the Tigers moved 49 yards, all on the ground. Daniel attempted only one pass, a completion to Martin Rucker, that was negated on a defensive holding penalty. With Tony Temple sitting the scrimmage out with a bruised knee, Jackson and Marcus Woods carried the load against the second-stringers.

"Of course, man," Jackson said when asked if the running game had been a primary focus of camp. "You've got to have a good running game to be effective in this league."

However, that running game, already a man down, took another blow on Monday. Woods, after an 18-yard carry, went down holding his left ankle and was carted off the practice field. Later in the morning, he was sitting on a table on the sidelines, with the ankle heavily iced and wrapped.

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