Tigers end regular spring practices Thursday

Tigers end regular spring practices Thursday

After Thursday's one-hour practice in which players went half-speed and wore shorts, the theme of the press conference with Head Coach Gary Pinkel was this Saturday's spring game. Pinkel spoke about how his new coordinators are making the seamless transition into their new roles.

After Thursday's one-hour practice in which players went half-speed and wore shorts, the theme of the press conference with Head Coach Gary Pinkel was this Saturday's spring game.

Pinkel spoke about how his new coordinators are making the seamless transition into their new roles.

"Each coordinator has their own personality in communication and everything," Pinkel said of new coordinators Dave Yost and Dave Steckel. "We have ways we do things here; in our system and in our program. To me that's the plus of being able to have people in your organization stay in your organization. For our players, that is great."

Pinkel focused mostly on how this spring game will impact their preparations for the 2009 football season.

"One of the things I always tell the young players is that this is going to be your first game since high school," Pinkel said. "They've got to prepare, play and perform."

This spring game is important for young players to get a feel of how a game day is like at Mizzou and how they prepare for college games.

"There is no other way you can simulate a game time except in a spring game," Pinkel said. "Certainly for these young guys, they will take this experience and apply it so hopefully it will improve their preparation for Illinois."

The team is definitely looking forward to having crowd support behind them after practicing for 5 weeks in front of reporters, family members, recruits and hardcore fans.

"With our fans being here, we will certainly appreciate them all being here," Pinkel said.

Go out and get a glimpse of your 2009 Missouri Tigers football team at Farout Field on Saturday at 1 PM.

Injury updates for Saturday's game: Rolandis Woodland will play, Gahn McGaffie, Michael Egnew, Danario Alexander, Jared Perry and Josh Tatum will not play.

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