August 6, 2008

Practice report: Day for the Defense

The Missouri Tigers hit the practice field for fall camp's third workout on Wednesday morning in much more pleasant conditions in Columbia. has the day's full rundown:

*Rolandis Woodland was held out of practice.

"Clearinghouse issues," Gary Pinkel said. "All three guys we're dealing with (Drew Temple and Aldon Smith as well) are a little different. We expect it all to work out. We're on top of that stuff pretty good, too, but sometimes through the high schools, through the Clearinghouse, through the testing sites, we've just got to make all that work."

Woodland had practiced the last two days.

*William Moore came on a blitz to bat down a pass in the flat from Daniel. Moore was all over the field as the one defense clearly got the better of the one offense most of the day, even visibly frustrating Daniel a couple of times.

"They're doing pretty good," Pinkel said of the defense. "We're not in full pads right now so there are some limitations, the offensive line can't cut and things like that, but it's nice to see that."

Just a couple of plays later, Moore stripped Jimmy Jackson to cause a turnover.

*The defensive line looked to have the edge most of the day. On one play, Stryker Sulak just bull rushed right over Ryan Madison leaving Madison on his back as Daniel rolled out of the pocket.

*Player of the Day: No doubter here, it was William Moore. He was all over. He is a safety, but the Tigers are moving him all over the field to take advantage of his ability.

"I'm so proud of him and how he's improved in this program," Pinkel said. "He's a great athlete, he's got remarkable speed and he weighs 230 pounds. There's not too many people like that."

The Tigers will return to the field on Thursday morning at 7:15 for the first practice in full pads.

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