August 8, 2007

Practice report: Tigers don the pads

Missouri held its first practice of the fall in full pads on Wednesday morning. To beat the heat, the Tigers went an hour early, at 7:15. has everything you need to know from the workout:

*Tony Temple and Hardy Ricks were both present at practice wearing red jerseys and being held out of all drills. Ricks had his left shoulder in a sling as well.

"In my business, you've got to move on to the next player. That's the patented answer that you have, but you care about your kids," said Gary Pinkel. "Timing-wise, I'm not sure what that's going to be. Tony will probably get back a little bit quicker, but hopefully we'll have them both back by the Illinois game."

The Tigers do not think Ricks will require surgery. Trainer Rex Sharp did confirm for me, though, that the risk of dislocating the shoulder again goes up greatly at this point.

We will have more, including reaction from both Temple and Ricks, this afternoon.

There are some corners taking advantage of the fact that both Ricks and Darnell Terrell are unable to participate in contact drills. Pinkel specifically mentioned the two freshmen at the position, Carl Gettis and Trey Hobson. Both made nice plays during one-on-one receiving drills, Gettis with a strip and Hobson with a knockdown. I will have more on each of those players later today.

*Luke Lambert really continues to stand out. At this point, I'd say it is a foregone conclusion that he and Michael Keck will play this season.

*Play of the day: During red zone drills, Daniel absolutely threaded the needle between Sean Weatherspoon and Pig Brown to find a sliding Coffman for a touchdown. Won't be the last time we see that.

Missouri will return to the practice field on Thursday morning for the first of two workouts.

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