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March 17, 2009
Tuesday Practice Report
The Missouri Tigers started an abbreviated second week of spring practice with their first outdoor workout. Mizzou went for about two-and-a-half hours at Faurot Field. PowerMizzou.com has the full report.
*Plenty of players are limited by injury right now. Derrick Washington, Jared Perry, Danario Alexander and Gilbert Moye are still out. Brian Coulter is still wearing the red pullover and Andrew Jones practiced, but is slowed by a hip pointer right now.
*I didn't see Robert Steeples working with the punt returners. It was Kip Edwards, Carl Gettis, Munir Prince and Gahn McGaffie (my purely speculative guess at the guy who could win the job).
*Jake Harry was getting very good hang time on his punts today. It still amazes me how Harry has gone from a guy that nobody knew if he could hang on to the job to a guy who nobody sees a way he could possibly lose it.
*I spend a good amount of time watching the quarterbacks. At this point in time-and fully understand that this could change-it looks like it's Blaine Gabbert and then everyone else. He's clearly in charge on the field and the ball just looks different coming out of his hand. That's not to say he won't struggle and not to say one of the other three guys won't make a big leap, but it is without a doubt Gabbert's job to lose...and I'd be awfully surprised if he lost it.
*I've been pleasantly surprised with what I've seen out of Jimmy Costello. He's not going to win a Heisman or anything, but he's a far better quarterback than he was a year ago. He made one really nice throw I saw over the middle, hitting Rolandis Woodland between defenders in zone coverage.
*Speaking of Woodland, I'll have more on the young receivers here in the next couple of days, but I'm really looking forward to the competition between him, Wes Kemp and Jerrell Jackson. All look to be much improved from last season. Andrew Jones told me it will be much more of a balanced effort from the receiving corps this year as opposed to last year when the majority of the production came from Jeremy Maclin and Chase Coffman.
*Jackson made a nice play late in 11-on-11, taking a screen pass and cutting up the middle for about 15 yards. He took a pretty good hit from Kenji Jackson and came up limping, but he finished out the rest of practice with no noticeable problem.
*I took a quick look at the kickers. From 36 yards out, only Grant Ressel made the kick I was watching. I hope Missouri fans understand how ridiculously blessed they were at that spot for the last three years.
*Jeff Gettys got another turnover when he scooped up an errant option pitch from Ashton Glaser late in drills.
*Play of the Day: There were a number of hits today. Trey Hobson laid a big lick on McGaffie early on. But the biggest hit came from a guy that's developed a reputation for them. Will Ebner absolutely lit up Woodland on a swing pass. I'm looking forward to seeing this kid on the field because when he hits you, you know it.
The Tigers return to the practice field on Thursday at 3:30 and PowerMizzou.com will have the report.
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