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MU caps spring practice on stage

Annual scrimmage gives younger players a chance to shine.
Friday, April 15, 2005 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 10:28 a.m. CDT, Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Missouri football fans eager for their first glimpse of the Tigers this year will get the opportunity Saturday when the team holds its annual Black and Gold spring game.

Don’t expect the most familiar faces to see most of the action though.

“The real experienced, established players usually go about a quarter,” coach Gary Pinkel said.

Pinkel said there have been several position battles and he expects the game to be more about evaluating players than showcasing stars.

The game is the final event of spring practices and the last opportunity for coaches to evaluate players until the fall.

“We’ll make a final depth (chart) in the next week or two before we head into the fall and two-a-days,” Pinkel said.

He said the spring game gives young players the opportunity to see playing time.

Quarterback Chase Patton, a former standout at Rock Bridge, is expected to see playing time. Linebacker Van Alexander, Patton’s former high school teammate, will not play after having surgery on his foot April 7.

“A lot of our redshirt freshman players haven’t played football in a game situation for two years,” Pinkel said.

The scrimmage will feature a scoring system that gives the offense points for first downs, plays more than 20 yards in addition to normal methods of scoring. The defense receives extra points for three and outs and takeaways.

Admission to the Black and Gold Game is $3, or three canned food items, which go to the Central Missouri Food Bank.

Beginning at 11:30 a.m. the Tiger Experience will be held on the stadium’s north concourse. It will feature interactive games and take photos in the helmet car and with Truman the Tiger.


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