Coach Barry Odom didn’t want to show too much during Mizzou’s spring game on Saturday, and he certainly succeeded in that regard.
The Tigers ran a pretty basic offense in new OC Derek Dooley’s play-calling debut, and there weren’t too many surprises.
However, there were still a few things of note that occurred at Faurot Field on Saturday afternoon, and it was nice to see some of Mizzou’s stars back on the field.
Here are five takeaways from Saturday’s action:
1. Terry Beckner Jr. is ready to go
The first pass of the game was knocked to the ground by the returning senior, who is hungry to prove he deserves to be the next first-round defensive lineman from Mizzou.
Beckner didn’t get too much action on Saturday afternoon, but he got some work in and looks like he’s ready to end his Mizzou career on a high note.
2. Damarea Crockett looked healthy
Crockett got six carries in the first half and looked good, delivering a strong stiff-arm to a Mizzou defensive back on a long run.
Larry Rountree III got the start, and he looked good too, but having Crockett healthy will be a big deal for the Tigers this fall.
3. Other receivers stepped up
Emanuel Hall, who figures to be the Tigers’ No. 1 receiver this fall, missed the game with a shoulder injury suffered in a collision with QB Drew Lock on Thursday.
That meant guys like Johnathon Johnson had to step up, and he did just that, catching a touchdown pass from Lock in a tight window to start the scoring on Saturday afternoon:
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— Barstool Mizzou (@BarstoolMizzou) April 14, 2018
JUCO transfer Harry Ballard III also made a nice catch on a long pass for a touchdown. Speaking of that catch…
4. Jack Lowary looks like the best option to back up Lock
Ballard’s long touchdown came off a beautiful throw from Lowary, who went 5-for-6 for 49 yards and a touchdown in the scrimmage.
Considering Micah Wilson, Lowary’s biggest competition for the backup job, went 5-for-8 for 46 yards, it appears Lowary is the slight front-runner to serve as Lock’s No. 2.
5. Hopefully Albert Okwuegbunam is OK
The goal of every spring game is to make it through without any major injuries, but the Tigers didn’t do that on Saturday.
Albert O, who caught an impressive 11 touchdowns last year, made only one catch before hobbling off the field with an apparent ankle injury. Holding him out could have just been a precautionary measure, but hopefully there’s no long-term damage to the talented pass catcher’s ankle.