After the Missouri Tigers had completed their fifth spring practice, and were heading out the door for their spring break, Head Coach Gary Pinkel took a few minutes to visit with ShowMeMizzou.com, and he talked about his team, and some of his players.
Regarding the QB competition, and competition at other positions, Coach Pinkel indicated that he, his staff, and his team will look at the video from their first half-scrimmage of the spring, and that they will try to “learn from it, and apply it, and become better”.
“Will we make any depth changes? I’m not sure. We’ll see,” explained Coach Pinkel. “We rotated all three QBs through the ones, the twos, and the threes. So, they each got the same opportunities. I think overall, they certainly did some good things. So, we’ll see where it goes from there.”
Coach Pinkel indicated that there has been good competition throughout for the first five spring practices. The Tigers appear to be in good position heading into the final three weeks of spring ball.
Coach Pinkel talked about the progress of junior Markus Golden at defensive end.
“I think (Marcus Golden) is doing well at defensive end,” said Coach Pinkel. “He’s two-fifty-eight. He’s bigger than (starting DE) Michael Sam. He’s very competitive. He’s very physical. He’s a player who I think has a great future there………………………………………. He can run, and he’s quick. You’ll see the best of him in August because a lot of this is new for him.”
“I think they’re getting better,” explained Coach Pinkel, talking about Gatti and Freeman. “They’re more consistent. They’re better right now than they’ve ever been. You know, it’s all about competition. I tell them anybody can start. Just beat out the guy in front of you. That’s how it works.”
Coach Pinkel also said that Wesley Leftwich is getting better.
“He’s getting better,” said Coach Pinkel. “He’s obviously competing. There’s a lot of competition there. And, that’s really good, too.”