Tag Archives: Mizzou football

Thinking Out Loud Saturday Sports: TAMU preview

Darren Hellwege logoDarren Hellwege talks with Sam Khan, Jr., who covers Texas A&M and SEC football for ESPN.com. They talk about the Aggies’ freshman quarterback sensation Kyle Allen and Saturday’s game in College Station between A&M and Mizzou.

Darren Hellwege is a member of the United States Basketball Writers Association and Football Writers Association of America. 

Twitter: @kbiahellwege

Length: 18:12

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Snubbed by home state programs, Brothers finds home at Mizzou

by  Christian Clark, KBIA Sports

Kentrell Brothers grew up wanting to play for the Oklahoma Sooners or the Oklahoma State Cowboys. When neither offered him a  scholarship, he chose Mizzou. Now a redshirt junior, Brothers is thriving in his role as a weakside linebacker. KBIA Sports’ Christian Clark has more

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Mauk stands out in Black and Gold game

Photos by Daniel Shapiro
Story by Mary Kate Burgess

Defense Shines at Missouri Spring Football Practice

By Mary Kate Burgess

The Missouri football team continued the spring training season with practice on Tuesday afternoon. Missing from practice was junior wide receiver Dorial Green-Beckham who has been suspended indefinitely for violating team rules. Coach Gary Pinkel voiced his frustrations on the issue but did not comment on what other actions will be taken with Green-Beckham. Starting linebacker Michael Scherer shares what he thinks the team needs to work on.

Thinking Out Loud, Saturday Sports: A lot of football and a few other things

Darren Hellwege logoIt’s finally here: the opening of Missouri’s football season. KBIA’s Darren Hellwege talks about the game with Murray State coach Chris Hatcher and Columbia Tribune’s new Missouri beat writer David Morrison. Darren will also look at football around the SEC, along with a bit of Missouri volleyball and soccer.

Length: 59:14

Darren Hellwege is a member of the Football Writers Association of America and the United States Basketball Writers Association.

Mizzou football concludes spring practices with Black & Gold Game

Story by John Guminski
Photos by Karen Mitchell

Offensive lineman Taylor Chappell (62) holds off defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) as Marcus Murphy (6) turns up field for a small gain.

Offensive lineman Taylor Chappell (62) holds off defensive lineman Michael Sam (52) as Marcus Murphy (6) turns up field for a small gain.

The Tigers took to Faurot Field for the first time in 2013 to play the annual Black & Gold Game. More than 18,000 fans got their first look at the newest Tigers Saturday, with the offensive and defensive starters playing against the reserves during the first half. The reserves were spotted a 14-0 lead to start the game. After halftime, the second string played against the rest of the players on the depth chart.

The scoring started in the first quarter when Marcus Murphy ran for 18 yards down to the 5-yard line. He scored a touchdown on the next play. In the second quarter, James Franklin found Russell Hansborough on a 31-yard screen that went to the 1-yard line. Running back Henry Josey punched the ball over the goal line. Josey received a large cheer from the crowd after missing the 2012 season with an injured knee.

The defensive replacements in the second half stood tall, and the game went scoreless until the end of the fourth quarter. With under a minute remaining, Andrew Stevens scored to give the offense a 21-14 lead that stood until the final whistle.

The game was the conclusion of 15 spring practices. Maty MaukDorial Green-Beckham and Shane Ray were among the winners in the most improved category for the spring, which was announced at halftime.

Pinkel was very happy with his team’s overall progress during this spring.

“When we decide the most improved, it is usually easy to point to one guy at a certain position,” he said. “This year is one of those years that at almost every position it could have been two or three players. When that happens, that’s good. That means you have a lot of players that are getting better and showing themselves in a good way.”

All three quarterbacks know that it will be an open competition for the starting job in the fall. Franklin began the game with the No. 1 offense, but all three quarterbacks got time with the starters. Mauk threw two interceptions in quick secession during the first half but improved as the game went along.

“I know were going into summer ball now,” Mauk said. “They said we’re still going to still be competing, and they aren’t going to let us know until the first game. I’m excited, and I have to know what I have to work on, and that will start in workouts on Monday.”

Players start individual workouts on Monday.

The Tigers’ first game is scheduled to be at home against Murray State on Saturday August 31.

Quarterback statistics from the Black & Gold Game

James Franklin played with the starters in Saturday's spring game.

James Franklin played with the starters in Saturday’s spring game.

James Franklin Maty Mauk Corbin Berkstresser
Completion % 60 35 50
Passing Yards 80 72 93
Rushing Yards 2 27 0
Touchdowns 0 0 0
Interceptions 0 2 2


Information from The Associated Press was used in this report.

Mizzou concludes spring practices

By John Guminski

A group of offensive linemen listen to Max Copeland (long hair) tell a story. Thursday’s practice was the last spring practice for the Tigers.

A group of offensive linemen listen to Max Copeland (long hair) tell a story. Thursday’s practice was the last spring practice for the Tigers.

James Franklin (1) performs a handshake with wide receiver Marcus Lucas (85) on Thursday, April 18, at the Dan J. Devine Pavilion.

James Franklin (1) performs a handshake with wide receiver Marcus Lucas (85) on Thursday, April 18, 2013, at the Dan J. Devine Pavilion.

Coach Gary Pinkel (facing camera) talks to the Tigers about the Black & Gold Game. The game is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Faurot Field.

Coach Gary Pinkel (facing camera) talks to the Tigers about the Black & Gold Game. The game is scheduled for Saturday at 1 p.m. at Faurot Field.

The Missouri Tigers wrapped up their 2013 spring practice on Thursday afternoon at the Dan J. Devine Pavilion.

Players wore minimal padding during the practice; wearing only helmets. Gary Pinkel conducted a run-through of the pre-game ceremonies for the Black & Gold Game. The Black & Gold Game will be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday, April 20, at Faurot Field. Gates will open at 11:30 a.m. Admission to the game is $3 or three cans of food to benefit the Food Bank of Central and Northeast Missouri.

Some other events for the weekend include:

10:30-11:15 a.m.: Ground breaking ceremony (East side of Memorial Stadium)

10:30-11:15 a.m.: Big Brothers/Big Sisters football clinic (Faurot Field)

11:30  a.m.: Former players reunion (Devine Pavillion)

Dorial Green-Beckham stars in Mizzou’s final scrimmage before spring game

By John Guminski

The Missouri football team held its second scrimmage of the spring inside the Devine Pavilion on Saturday. The game was the final scrimmage before next Saturday’s Black and Gold game.

Dorial Green-Beckham was the standout performer of the day. He caught eight passes for 135 yards, including a 50-yard touchdown catch from James Franklin. After playing almost exclusively in the slot during his freshman season, Green-Beckham lined up as the primary outside target.

Gary Pinkel is very pleased with Green-Beckham’s improvement from last season.  “You can see it now. Every time he catches the ball so well, he can turn an average play into a big play.” Pinkel said. “I think we’re starting to see really how good he can be, and he can be a lot better than he is now.”

Quarterbacks James Franklin, Maty Mauk, and Corbin Berkstresser all saw equal time during the scrimmage, each throwing at least 24 passes. Freshmen Trent Hosick came in late during the scrimmage and completed 8 of 9 passes for 78 yards and touchdown.

On the defensive side of the ball, Michael Sam stood out as the top performer. Sam recovered two fumbles and recorded one sack. Donovan Bonner and David Johnson each registered an interception,

Kicker Andrew Baggett went 4-7 on field goals, including misses from 32, 35, and 42 yards.

The Black and Gold Game will be held next Saturday, April 20, at 1 p.m. at Faurot Field.

Mizzou football prepares for Saturday’s Black and Gold Game

By John Guminski

With temperatures dropping overnight, Missouri football practiced indoors at Devine Pavilion Thursday afternoon for the second day this week. The Tigers worked on special teams, defensive coverage and short throws before breaking into team drills. Today was the final practice before their second scrimmage, which is set for 9 a.m. Saturday. The Black and Gold Game will be held Saturday, April 20, at 11 a.m.

Mizzou football holds first extended scrimmage of the spring

By Matt Fairburn

While some attention surrounding the Missouri football team’s spring camp has been on the quarterback competition, it was the defense that got the job done in the team’s first extended scrimmage, claiming a 24-10 victory over the offense. The score was based on a non-traditional scoring system specific to the scrimmage which rewarded points to each side based on important plays.

Led by senior defensive lineman Michael Sam, the Tiger defense spent plenty of time in the backfield, collecting four sacks and forcing three turnovers. Sam, who had four and a half sacks this past seaspn, collected a sack and a half in Saturday’s scrimmage to go with a tackle for a loss, forced fumble and fumble recovery.

On offense, James Franklin, Maty Mauk and Corbin Berkstresser split reps evenly with the first, second and third team players. Franklin and Mauk separated themselves on Saturday, as each threw a touchdown pass and an interception while Mauk also scrambled for a touchdown.

Mauk showed off his athleticism during the scrimmage, leading all players with 81 rushing yards on eight attempts.

“Maty’s mobility, that’s kind of just the way he is,” coach Gary Pinkel said. “That’s just part of who he is, his makeup. He’s got great feet, he can run, he’s got good speed. You can buy time, extend the play and make things happen.”

Mauk also completed 11 of 19 passes for a team-high 140 yards. Franklin went 13 for 23 passing with 115 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown pass to Dorial Green-Beckham, who led all receivers with seven catches and 81 yards. Berkstresser, meanwhile, lagged behind the pack, connecting on just eight of his 22 passes for 52 yards.

The Tigers may not have a settled situation at quarterback, but the rushing attack is rounding into form. Henry Josey opened up the scrimmage with a 17-yard run as, he works his way back from a knee injury that has kept him out of games since 2011.

“Today was a big step for me,” Josey said.

In total, the offense had four touchdowns on Saturday morning, as reserve running backs Greg White and Miles Drummond found the endzone

Missouri will have one more scrimmage before the Black and Gold Game on April 20.