Eli Drinkwitz offers initial evaluation of Black and Gold spring game
Missouri wrapped up its spring practice with an entertaining and eventual Black and Gold matchup before about 6,000 fans at Faurot Field on Saturday.
The Tigers used a controlled environment where they largely stopped action after initial contact, but coach Eli Drinkwitz said he was pleased overall with the work put in by his team entering his second season leading the program.
“I thought defensively came out with really good energy,” Drinkwitz said in an interview on SEC Network+. “It’s always tough when you start them in the red zone, and they did a nice job of keeping us out of the end zone. Consequently, we really didn’t do a very good job of punching it in the end zone and scoring touchdowns. All that stuff comes with more practice and getting more comfortable with each other. I think it’s also a little tougher to score, you notice we were able to score when it goes live instead of just tag.”
Overall, the Mizzou offense only had one turnover and Drinkwitz said the offense did a nice job of moving the ball in the open field sets. The defense, meanwhile, did a nice job in the red zone.
“Overall, I’m really pleased, we got out of here with no injuries today,” Drinkwitz said. “Got a lot of guys reps, everybody got an opportunity to play and so that’s really what spring football’s about.”
Drinkwitz also said he enjoyed the 60-degree day in Columbia, and he looked forward to, “us whipping Oklahoma tonight in basketball.”