Big 12 weekend scrimmage reports
Posted by ESPN.com's Tim Griffin
We had the first scrimmage of preseason at several Big 12 schools. Here are some reports at various schools, compiled with the help of the media that covered them.
Baylor: More than 1,000 fans turned out to watch the Bears' scrimmage on Saturday. Robert Griffin rifled four touchdown passes. Combined, Baylor quarterbacks Griffin, senior Blake Szymanski and freshmen Nick Florence and Brody Trahan hit 42 of 58 passes for 498 yards. Another offensive star was 6-foot-6 freshman wide receiver Willie Jefferson, who made a pair of leaping touchdown grabs. All-Big 12 linebacker Joe Pawelek (hamstring) and starting tight end Justin Akers (pulled groin) did not play in the scrimmage, even though both suited up. Their injuries aren't considered serious as the Bears prepare for their Sept. 5 opener against Wake Forest.
Missouri: Quarterback Blaine Gabbert took a hammerlock on the starting job with a strong performance in the Tigers' scrimmage Saturday, leading the Missouri offense claimed a 54-31 victory over the defense. Gabbert completed 17-of-22 passes for 219 yards and also added a scrimmage-high 52 rushing yards, including an 18-yard TD. Gabbert hooked up with Danario Alexander on a 3-yard TD pass. De'Vion Moore accounted for the other touchdowns on runs of 2 and 4 yards. Freshman running back Kendial Lawrence was one of the biggest producers, rushing for 37 yards on four carries. Alexander produced seven receptions for 91 yards. Redshirt freshman defensive lineman Marcus Malbrough (two tackles for losses, sack) and junior linebacker Jeff Gettys (tackle for loss, two pass deflections, interception) were the defensive standouts. Defensive end Brian Coulter was sidelined late in the scrimmage which what Missouri coach Gary Pinkel called a bruised knee. Among those who were held out of the scrimmage include nose tackle Jaron Baston (groin), receiver T.J. Moe (foot), linebacker Josh Tatum (back), receiver Kerwin Stricker (finger), tight end Alex Sanders (leg) and defensive tackle Marvin Foster (knee).
Oklahoma State: Backup quarterbacks Brandon Weeden and Alex Cate alternated snaps at the Cowboys' closed scrimmage that took place Saturday. Starting quarterback Zac Robinson is expected to return to practice on Tuesday. Redshirt freshman Kye Staley suffered a knee injury that could sideline him for the season. Backup running back Keith Toston rushed for a pair of touchdowns, including a 50-yard scoring jaunt. Oklahoma State coach Mike Gundy told the Oklahoman he was pleased with his team's early work. "It was cleaner than I expected," Gundy said. "We didn't have as many (penalties) as I thought we would." The Cowboys got some conditioning benefits in the 115-play workout that took place in 92 degree weather.
Texas A&M: Cyrus Gray started the Sunday scrimmage with a 63-yard run, but bullish freshman tailback Christine Michael had his moments in the 90-play scrimmage. Michael finished with 56 yards and added a pair of touchdowns. Jerrod Johnson completed 8-of-12 passes for 120 yards and also added 40 yards rushing. Ryan Tannehill was 2-of-5 passing for 44 yards and Tommy Dorman completed 4-of-7 passes for 32 yards. Top receiver Jeff Fuller was kept out of the scrimmage with a hamstring injury. Leading receivers in his place were Howard Morrow (three catches, 65 yards), Jamie McCoy (three catches, 38 yards) and Terrence McCoy (three receptions, 37 yards). Hybrid defensive end/linebacker Von Miller notched two quick touch sacks before he was removed early in the scrimmage. Other defensive standouts included linebacker Ricky Cavanaugh and defensive end Matt Moss, who each produced two sacks.