August 8, 2008

Tigers put the pads on at practice

The Missouri Tigers were in full pads for the first time in fall camp and the intensity was raised a few notches. PowerMizzou.com was there as the Tigers went through the first full contact drill of August.

*Jake Harry once again looked good punting the ball. He has had perhaps one off day this week, but overall has been very solid. At this point, I don't see anyone in camp who can really challenge him for the job.

*Nothing new to report on the three freshmen waiting to hear from the NCAA Clearinghouse. Rolandis Woodland once again watched practice in street clothes, but I have not seen Aldon Smith or Drew Temple the last couple of days. I talked to Woodland about his situation after practice.

"They said everything should be cool," Woodland said. "It was just paperwork that didn't get sent as far as back at Harmony. It should be cool. It should be cleared up pretty soon."

Woodland has followed the receivers around taking "mental reps" for the last three days, but the inactivity is getting to him a little bit.

"It's so frustrating, man. Just to watch my teammates play and all the freshmen moving ahead," Woodland said. "I feel like I'm behind, but the coaches say this happens every year and just to keep my head up. God willing, I'll be able to see the field."

*Chase Daniel missed practice to attend a family funeral back in Texas. Gary Pinkel said he will be back in town tonight and at practice on Saturday morning. In his absence Chase Patton ran the first-team offense and Blaine Gabbert the second. Patton looked very good. It is amazing how much better a quarterback can get when you surround him with more talented receivers and linemen.

*Play of the Day: During 7-on-7, Perry slipped past Gettis at the line and was streaking wide open down the sideline. Patton hit him in stride with a rainbow before Del Howard could get over in coverage and Perry went 55 yards for what would have been a score.

*Player of the Day: Chase Patton had the best day of practice I've seen him have in a long time. Again, it helps so much putting him with guys like Perry, Coffman and Jeremy Maclin. The Tigers aren't the same team without Daniel, but I think Patton is a solid backup.

Missouri has its first day of two-a-days tomorrow with a 7:15 practice and a 3:45 practice. PowerMizzou.com will be at both workouts.



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