COLUMBIA — Teammates know sophomore tight end Andrew Jones as one of the most avid fishermen on the Missouri football team. He went fishing about five days a week this summer. When he gathers with teammates by a television before a Saturday morning practice, he often changes the channel to a fishing show.
Jones goes to a variety of nearby parks and ponds and said he is at Little Dixie Lake frequently. Otherwise, his favorite fishing is in his hometown of Smithville where he is more familiar with the terrain.
He has gone fishing with quarterback Blaine Gabbert and wide receiver Wes Kemp. Jones was there when Kemp caught the first fish of his life, a catfish.
"That was real nice," Jones said. "Anybody that wants to go, I'll take them."
Freshman wide receiver T.J. Moe recently asked Jones to take him fishing. Jones decided to use the trip as a motivational tool, telling Moe he would take him fishing as a reward for good play in practice.
When Moe missed a catch in Wednesday’s practice at the Kadlec Athletic Fields, Jones reminded him that he wasn’t helping his chances of earning a fishing trip.
“I’ll give him a chance since we’ve got the big scrimmage coming up tomorrow,” Jones said after practice Wednesday. “If he does real good, then maybe I’ll find time so we can go fishing.”
- Four players were honored with T-shirts after Wednesday’s practice. Jon Gissinger, Kurtis Gregory, Hardy Ricks and Jaron Baston were given the shirts for having been through five years of preseason two-a-day practices.
- One practice coach Gary Pinkel took from mentor Don James is to try to mimic crowd noise when practicing with a new kicker. Pinkel said he did not subject Jeff Wolfert to the drill last season. Wolfert had already proven himself. Pinkel has yet to name a replacement for Wolfert for this season. Most of the team gathered around a kicking drill Wednesday and made noise as the kickers practiced.
- Freshman safety Matt White made a nice interception of a Blaine Dalton pass along the sideline Wednesday. White read where Dalton was going to throw, ran in front of the intended receiver, caught the ball and made sure to get a foot inbounds before his momentum took him out of bounds.
- While some of his players spoke with Missouri basketball players J.T. Tiller and Kim English after practice, offensive coordinator David Yost jumped into an ice tub, still wearing the T-shirt and shorts he wore to practice. Yost emerged from the tub, his long hair and clothing soaked, with a big smile on his face.