August 13, 2008

Shuffling the Line

The Missouri Tigers were back at practice after Monday's scrimmage. The first of two workouts lasted nearly two-and-a-half hours and featured the first major moves on the depth chart of fall camp. has the complete rundown:

*Here are our observations on the perceived depth chart. This is not official, but is based on pre-practice stretch lines, which are usually a pretty good guideline:

In a move shocking to no one, Blaine Gabbert has moved past Jimmy Costello as the third-team quarterback.

There was major movement on the offensive line. Kurtis Gregory has moved back to right guard and Elvis Fisher is starting at left tackle. The easiest way to run down all the changes is to simply list the three-deep at each spot:

Gary Pinkel said that he is happy with the development of the offensive line, the young players in particular, but they will continue to look at the situation over the next two weeks.

"We're going to put our best players at the best spots," Pinkel said. "That's the way they are right now."

While Pinkel would not say the moves were permanent, Gregory told me he is anticipating he is back at right guard for good. I will have much more in a full story with quotes from the major parties in the next 24 hours.

*The first true freshman has all but officially shed his redshirt. Pinkel said after practice that linebacker Will Ebner would definitely play this season. Ebner is currently on the first-team in some of the kicking game duties.

"He's really doing well," Pinkel said. "He's a very, very physical player, he's smart, mature. It's a real plus for us. Certainly we'll get him on special teams right now then we'll sort out the rest of it as it goes, but we'd like to think that he would be able to get himself some playing time (at linebacker) as it goes on."

*Play of the day: Costello threw a 20-yard touchdown pass in seven-on-seven. Unfortunately, the receiver was defensive coordinator Matt Eberflus, who cradled the ball nicely.

*Player of the Day: Freshman safety Zaviar Gooden. Gooden looked to be playing quite a bit with the two defense. On consecutive plays, he nearly intercepted Daniel in the end zone and followed it up with a nice tackle up the middle. The very next play, he was involved in a shoving match, showing a little bit of fire. Couldn't tell who his opposition was.

The Tigers will return to practice at 3:45 this afternoon and will pass along any relevant information.

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