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April 9, 2013

Spring Notebook: Day 10

Missouri was back in action on Tuesday, its first practice since Saturday's scrimmage. As always, there are depth-chart changes following such scrimmages, but nothing is official. The stretch lines provide an indicator of what the depth looks like, but nothing will be set in stone until a post-spring depth chart is released.

-- The most obvious change occurred at quarterback. While James Franklin still led the stretch line, Maty Mauk moved up to No. 2 on the line, ahead of Corbin Berkstresser. Mauk had the best stats on Saturday's scrimmage, combining for 221 total yards and two touchdowns. However, it should be pointed out that both his touchdowns (one pass, one run) came against the third-team defense. Franklin led the other two scoring drives, one ending on a long run by Greg White agains the first-team defense, and another ending in a 25-yard pass to Dorial Green-Beckham against the second-team defense.

Gary Pinkel doesn't talk about depth changes, but he did talk about what he saw from his quarterbacks on Saturday:

"We've got to keep getting better," Pinkel said. "All three did a lot of good things and it's very competitive, which is also very very positive. I'm excited about it.

"I don't discuss evaluation in the spring. It isn't what we do. So we'll see where it goes and keep competing.

-- The only other noticeable change occurred at weakside linebacker, where Darvin Ruise re-assumed his spot atop the stretch line. Ruise moved down to No. 3 following spring break. Behind him are Kentrell Brothers and Donavin Newsom.

-- There were no apparent changes at running back or any of the wide-receiver positions, along with the defensive line. Kony Ealy missed Tuesday's practice because of a family matter, according to a team spokesperson. In his place, Shane Ray led the stretch lines at that end position.

-- Although Mitch Hall received some time with the first-team offense at left guard on Saturday, Max Copeland appears to remain the first-team left guard. He was one of the honorary captains to lead stretches on Tuesday, along with defensive end Brayden Burnett.

-- The biggest injury news was that tight end Sean Culkin was held out of practice, wearing a red jersey. PINKEL COMMENTS. Eric Waters, who did scrimmage because of a lower leg injury, was back in a limited capacity, and he no longer wore a boot on his right foot.

"He's gonna be okay," Pinkel said about Culkin. "He has a hip pointer. Eric Waters did something to his foot, so we're just trying to get through this thing."

Linebacker Torey Boozer and cornerback Randy Ponder were likewise back in a limited capacity. Boozer suffered a concussion prior to spring break and missed the last week of practice. Ponder suffered an undisclosed injury last week and missed Thursday, Friday and the scrimmage. Both wore red pull-overs on Tuesday.

Missouri returns to the practice field on Thursday for a tune-up before Saturday's second scrimmage. PowerMizzou.com will continue to have coverage from all of the Tigers' spring practices.

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