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April 4, 2013

Spring Notebook: Day 7

Missouri practiced in full pads on Thursday, the final time before the Tigers' first full scrimmage of the spring. Even after some small depth-chart shake-ups following spring break, there were a few more tweaks to Missouri's stretch lines.

-- Redshirt freshman offensive lineman Jordan Williams is a man on the move. He began spring at center, after moving from right tackle last season. On Tuesday, Williams lined up as the third-string right tackle during stretch lines. Two days later, Williams was the fourth-string left guard.

-- After dropping to third on the unofficial stretch-line depth chart on Tuesday, weakside linebacker Darvin Ruise moved up to No. 2, ahead of redshirt freshman Donavin Newsom and behind new No. 1 Kentrell Brothers.

-- Cornerback Randy Ponder was the only new injury to report on Thursday. He wore a full-red jersey and did not participate in drills during the 45-minute session that was open to the media.

-- Linebacker Torey Boozer remains sidelined after suffering a concussion in the first half-scrimmage of spring two weeks ago. We haven't had much of a chance to see Boozer in live-action, as he qualified late in August, but I'll say what a lot of the reporters are noticing: Boozer looks big. At 6-foot-3, he may be Missouri's tallest linebacker, and it's obvious he's put on a lot of weight.

-- I spent some time after practice talking with new first-string right guard Connor McGovern. McGovern was moved atop the depth chart following spring break, and it's his first big move up that ladder since he arrived on campus in 2011. McGovern told me his biggest setback was tearing his labrum late in his freshman year. He had to miss all of spring ball in 2012, and he said that was impeded his progress, especially coming from South Dakota where he outweighed opponents by 100 pounds in high school. I'll have more on McGovern later, but he's one to watch now that he's healthy and experienced.

-- New first-string center Evan Boehm said he's adapting well to his current position, but he's having the same problem a lot of quarterbacks have: He has to work on shaking off bad plays. Right now, Boehm said he'll have five good snaps in a row, and then short his sixth one. He said he's too focused on those bad snaps. I'll have a full story on Boehm later.

Missouri returns to the practice field tomorrow for a light workout before its first full scrimmage on Saturday. PowerMizzou.com will continue to bring coverage from each spring practice.


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