Missouri was forced to deal with injuries all spring, and that was again the case last Saturday in the Tigers’ annual Black & Gold Game to conclude the spring.
A crowd of 18,614 watched the Tigers play without an array of starters and key contributors. Among the starters who were out were quarterback James Franklin, running back Henry Josey, offensive tackle Elvis Fisher, defensive end Brad Madison, and defensive tackle Sheldon Richardson.
The Tigers are keeping their fingers crossed on Franklin, who had surgery in March to repair a torn labrum in his throwing shoulder. He’s scheduled to resume throwing in July. The outlook for Josey isn’t nearly as positive. He will need a second surgery on his knee and is doubtful for the 2012 season.
In their absence, there were mixed results over the weekend.
Redshirt freshman quarterback Corbin Berkstresser, who worked with the first unit, finished 13-of-20 for 187 yards. He threw a 31-yard touchdown pass to T.J. Moe, who made a ton of big plays this spring for the Tigers. But Berkstresser also took a sack on third down, and threw an interception that was returned 65 yards for a touchdown by linebacker Donovan Bonner.
Even without Josey, it looks like the Tigers are going to have some weapons in the running game. Senior Kendial Lawrence, the starter, had 69 yards on six carries. Sophomore Marcus Murphy led all rushers with 87 yards on 10 carries.
Offensive coordinator David Yost said Murphy gives the Tigers that explosive element in the backfield, and is the kind of back that can change the game with one big play.
The Tigers’ second-team offense also had some success against the first-team defense. Junior Ashton Glaser threw a pair of touchdown passes -- an 88-yarder to Jimmie Hunt, and a 35-yarder to Rolandis Woodland.
The first half pitted the first-team offense and defense against the rest of the team. The reserves were spotted a 14-0 lead to start the game and took a 34-10 lead into the half. The second half was an offense vs. defense scrimmage.
You can go here for official stats from the Tigers' spring game.