If all goes to plan, the Missouri defense will force two turnovers a game, and to do that, the Tigers will need improved performance from a secondary that ranked second to last in the Big 12 in pass defense in 2009.
Henry Josey and Marcus Murphy, two freshman tailbacks, have formed a close relationship. They've learned a lot from teammate Derrick Washington this season, and they're focusing on improving the mental and physical aspects of their games.
The Missouri football team enjoyed mild weather in their morning practice Wednesday and then skipped the second practice of the day so the team could go catch a movie.
During the Missouri football team's busiest preseason practices, Tigers kickers Grant Ressel, Matt Grabner, Trey Barrow and Christian Brinser spend 30 minutes on the field in special teams drills. The rest of the time, coaches count on them to improve on their own.
While redshirt freshman receiver L’Damian Washington put on 20 pounds this offseason, he still is one of the Missouri football team's lankiest players.
The Missouri defense recovered four fumbles during Saturday morning's scrimmage.
After the first 10 days of preseason camp, the verdict is in — Missouri football's senior tailback is quicker, faster and better than ever.
Four quarterbacks hope to grab the No. 2 positions behind Missouri starter Blaine Gabbert.
Will Ebner, who's had two knee injuries and a shoulder injury in the past, is recovering from a hamstring strain. Although he's always determined to push himself and return to practice as quickly as possible after an injury, with his hamstring Ebner must be especially cautious.
After junior wide receiver Jerrell Jackson broke a bone in his wrist Wednesday, T.J. Moe became the go-to guy for Missouri quarterback Blaine Gabbert — the first receiver Gabbert looks to when the ball is snapped.
Jerrell Jackson broke the scaphoid bone in his left wrist in practice on Wednesday and could be sidelined for the next four weeks.
If the comparisons are accurate, and freshman tight end Eric Waters, is the next Martin Rucker, he has the right mentor to guide him through his Missouri football career — 2007 All-American Martin Rucker.
After playing through the 2009 season with a shoulder injury, Andrew Jones had his torn labrum repaired. He returns to the Missouri football team's preseason camp with the challenge of getting back into shape.
With the absence of first-round NFL draft pick Sean Weatherspoon, Missouri's linebackers are working to form a new identity and improve for the 2010 season.
Missouri football players Jarrell Harrison and Kenji Jackson are competing for the starting spot at strong safety. They both have starting experience and can boast similar skills. The Tigers coaches say they are stressing consistency in their preseason evaluations.
Despite the 103 degree heat index, hundreds of fans spent Sunday afternoon on Faurot Field, meeting and getting autographs from the 2010 Tigers football team.
Despite the heat, Tiger fans show up at Faurot Field to meet the 2010 football squad.
"Get money" is the slogan tailback Derrick Washington and receiver Jerrell Jackson have made popular in preseason camp. They know it could be misconstrued, but they're not worried. "We don't mean it like that," Washington said. "It's the players' call."
A few true freshmen will see playing time in 2010. Head Coach Gary Pinkel and his coaching staff are using August's preseason camp to evaluate the new players, and make the expert decision to put a redshirt on the first-year players, or to have them on the playing roster.