August 12, 2008

Scrimmage Report

The Missouri Tigers held the first full scrimmage of fall camp, getting each player approximately 40 live snaps. PowerMizzou.com has the rundown on everything that happened in a jam-packed day.

*Chase Coffman missed the scrimmage with a broken little finger on his right hand. He said he actually broke it a few days back, but three screws were put in this morning. Gary Pinkel said he expects Coffman to be out about two weeks, but Chase told me he'll be back at practice in less than a week.

"It still kind of sucks just sitting out and seeing everybody else do stuff because you feel left out," Coffman said. "I'm just going to try to get better as quick as I can and it shouldn't be too long."

*In Coffman's absence, both Jon Gissinger and Andrew Jones are getting snaps with the first team. I'll have much more on the other tight ends in a slide show on Thursday, but at this point, I think it's a near guarantee that Jones sees the field.

Jones made a highlight reel grab on the sidelines. He tipped a pass and then laid out to make the grab off the deflection down the sideline. While Jones called it "just good luck," his quarterback was much more complimentary.

"Made a couple nice catches," Daniel said. "The one on the sideline was one of the best catches I've seen."

*Play of the Day: There were plenty of candidates here. I'm going to go with a late 36-yard touchdown from Chase Patton to Maclin. Maclin made a nice catch, but it was the throw that made the play. Patton got a chance to play with the ones after Daniel was done for the day and he looked good. He did the same thing earlier this week. At this point, there is not much need to question who the number two quarterback is. In my opinion, it is clearly Patton.

*Player of the Day: Andrew Jones. When a starter goes down, it's a golden opportunity for someone to make the coaches take notice. Jones did just that. He wouldn't say it, but the kid is going to see the field this season.

*Hit of the Day: Patton floated a swing pass to Jimmy Jackson in the left flat and Castine Bridges' eyes must have lit up. Bridges launched himself at Jackson and laid the running back out with a hit that drew plenty of notice from those watching.

The Tigers return to the practice field at 7:15 on Wednesday morning.

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