August 15, 2006

Practice report: Depth chart changes

The first post-scrimmage practice was held on Faurot Field this morning. PowerMizzou.com was there and offers up the following observations:

*Good to see Marcus Woods, Hardy Ricks and David Overstreet return to practice on Tuesday. Woods and Ricks both returned to second-team, which is right where they were before injuries sidelined them. I asked Gary Pinkel about his policy on injuries affecting the depth chart.

"We have a policy a player cannot lose his job because of injury," Pinkel said. "Unless when he's ready to play again, the offensive or defensive coordinator, the position coach, and myself--I make the ultimate decision--decide that that player is playing better than the other player was before. So 90 percent of the time, 95 percent of the time, they just go back up where they were, but sometimes if a guy is playing at a real high level. Our guys understand that."

*Woods made a nice play in one-on-one receiving drills. Chad Washington cut in front of him and tipped a pass, but Woods kept his eye on it and made a juggling catch after the deflection, then headed for the end zone.

*After being put on the two-deep, true freshman Jared Perry (more on him tomorrow morning on PowerMizzou.com) made a nice grab over starting corner Domonique Johnson in the corner of the end zone during one-on-one drills.

*The second-string offensive line looked very, very good for a period of time in the inside run drills. On back to back plays, the line opened up huge holes for Earl Goldsmith, who got 10 or 15 yards per play. Goldsmith has quietly had a solid camp.

*There is no doubt who Daniel's go-to-guy is. If he needs something caught, he looks for William Franklin. During red zone drills, Franklin caught TD passes on back-to-back plays and had three or four total.

"He's been there. He's really stepped his game up going into his junior season," Daniel said. "He's looking real good. We're really excited about him."

*Player of the Day: We're going Tommy Saunders again. He made two impressive catches in the end zone today and just continues to catch everything thrown anywhere near him. It's becoming impossible to keep him out of the lineup, even when Brad Ekwerekwu gets healthy.

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