COLUMBIA, Mo. — Missouri football’s 2017 Black & Gold spring football game kicks off at 2 p.m. ET Saturday, April 15.
The Tigers finished 4-8 in Barry Odom’s first season as Missouri football coach, but there are reasons to be optimistic for a rebound season in 2017. Most of that optimism resides on offense, as the Tigers only lose one starter and bring back the SEC’s leading returning passer, QB Drew Lock.
While Missouri has holes to fill from a porous defense, the talent is there. Fans get a glimpse of the future, before players like DE Nate Howard, LB Cale Garrett and CB DeMarkus Acy become household names.
Check below for live updates, statistics and information for the 2017 Missouri football Black & Gold spring game.
2017 Missouri Black & Gold spring football game updates, statistics
This game will be traditional scoring, and will fit into a 2-hour window for SEC Network coverage. I wouldn’t expect to see Missouri’s starters on the field much, as the biggest goal is to get out of today showing as little as possible, while also staying healthy.
Drive 1: 1st-team offense vs. 1st-team defense
Efficient drive goes 75 yards in 7 plays, ending with a 2-yard touchdown run by walk-on RB Dawson Downing. QB Drew Lock completed 2-of-3 passes for 28 yards. Downing, however, was the workhorse, carrying the ball 4 times for 42 yards and the touchdown. His long was a 33-yard burst, where he took advantage of a bad angle by S Anthony Sherrils.
Confusingly, neither of the top 2 running backs carried the ball. RB Ish Witter and Damarea Crockett are dressed out, but did not appear in that series.
Drive 2: 2nd-team offense vs. 2nd-team defense
Facing a 3rd-and-8 from the defense’s 43-yard line, back-up QB Jack Lowary threw a perfect ball down the sideline to WR Emanuel Hall for a 43-yard touchdown. Before that, the drive went mostly on the legs of RB Nate Strong, who carried the ball 4 times for 25 yards.
Hall is kind of a forgotten name, but now a junior, he could be a really big part of a fun passing game. He may have gotten away with a push there, but he’s a strong, physical story.
Drive 3: 1st-team offense vs. 1st-team defense
Missouri’s 1st-team offense stalled at the 49-yard line after a 29-yard run by freshman RB Isaiah Miller. Some big stops in the middle by DT Rashad Brandon, a junior college transfer who has had a very promising spring.
Drew Lock’s 3rd-down pass went deep to J’Mon Moore, who couldn’t corral it in tight coverage.
Drive 4: 2nd-team offense vs. 2nd-team defense
Promising drive stalls after QB Micah Wilson is sacked by DT Tyrell Jacobs on third down. Drive started strong, as Wilson — a redshirt freshman — connected with WR Richaud Floyd for a 16-yard gain.
Drive 5: 1st-team offense vs. 1st-team defense
A quick three-and-out. Lock completed a 5-yard pass to Johnathon Johnson, but then a Nate Strong run went for no yards and Lock’s 3rd-down pass to Johnson fell incomplete after a big hit by Kaleb Prewett.
Prewett, a Kansas State transfer, has had a very good spring and looks to be the starting nickelback this season.
Drive 6: 2nd-team offense vs. 2nd-team defense
Another three-and-out, this time ended by a 6-yard sack by safety Ronnell Perkins.
Drive 7: 1st-team offense vs. 1st-team defense
Yet another three-and-out. Pretty vanilla game, as expected, but the big star so far is Kaleb Prewett. Not only has he been strong in coverage, but he made a stop for no gain on a run up the middle. Prewett looks positioned to make a big impact in 2017.
So far, Lock is 4-8 for 38 yards.
Drive 8: 2nd-team offense vs. 2nd-team defense
QB Micah Wilson puts together a nice drive, completing 3 of 5 passes for 30 yards, and Dawson Downing added a 12-yard run, but the drive stalled and the offense settled for a 47-yard field goal by Tucker McCann.
That field goal may be the best news of the day for Missouri, though. McCann was 6-for-12 last year on field goals; if he can continue to develop consistency, it lessens the burden on Drew Lock and Missouri’s offense.
Drive 9: 1st-team offense vs. 1st-team defense
Another three-and-out, this time plagued by 2 drops. Dimetrios Mason had an easy chance for a 15-yard reception, but dropped Lock’s nice pass as a defender made contact. On 3rd-and-2, Johnathon Johnson couldn’t reel in a quick pass, and that ended the drive.
Drive 10: 2nd-team offense vs. 2nd-team defense
Jack Lowary out here throwing bombs. After narrowly missing a 38-yard touchdown to Dominic Collins, he goes to the opposite sideline on the very next play for a 38-yard touchdown to Emanuel Hall — Hall’s second long touchdown of the game.
Lowary seemed to struggle throwing the deep ball when he arrived on campus prior to last season, but he sure does look improved in that regard today.
I have Lowary as completing 5-of-8 passes for 106 yards and 2 TDs.
3rd quarter updates
The score reset — not that it matters — but Missouri’s offense couldn’t find the endzone in the first 12 minutes after halftime. QB Micah Wilson showed off some nice moves with a 12-yard run to end the quarter. It likely would have been longer if not for the touch rules in this scrimmage.
Freshman RB Isaiah Miller carried the ball 4 times for 19 yards, and now leads all rushers with 12 carries for 54 yards.
4th quarter updates
Fantastic interception by LB Grant Jones, who undercut a crossing route to pick off QB Micah Wilson to end the first drive of the 4th quarter.
Another interception, this time by S Ronnell Perkins off a bad pass by Jack Lowary. Perkins is going to be a name to watch this year, as he may be Missouri’s best player in the secondary.
2017 Missouri football spring game information
Time: 2 p.m. ET (1 p.m. CT)
Date: Saturday, April 15
Location: Memorial Stadium/Faurot Field, Columbia, Mo.
Parking lot information: Lots open at 8 a.m. CT. All lots except Lot B, S and G are free and open to the public.
What TV channel is broadcasting the 2017 Missouri football spring game?
The SEC Network will broadcast the game. Check here to find the SEC Network on your local cable provider.
How can I stream the 2017 Missouri football spring game online?
Fans can stream the game via WatchESPN.com or on the WatchESPN app.
2017 Missouri football spring game preview, what to know
The full breakdown for fans attending Missouri football’s 2017 spring game can be found here.
- Don’t expect any confusing scoring on Saturday. Coach Barry Odom told reporters on Thursday that if the defense wants to win, the group will have to have an interception or fumble returned for a touchdown. So, the odds of the defense winning are slim — but fans will get to see more true-to-life football.
- Missouri fans will get a first look at a few new Tigers. DT Rashad Brandon, RB Isaiah Miller, OL Pompey Coleman and OL Yasir Durant signed in the 2017 class and have been on campus this semester.
- Missouri has to replace plenty of production on defense, but one of the returning cornerstones will miss the spring game. DE Marcell Frazier suffered a broken arm but is expected to return for camp in August.
- The action won’t just be limited to the players. Throughout the game, fans will be selected to compete on the field in events such as field-goal kicking, punt catching, pass catching and the 40-yard dash. Who knows — maybe you’ll be selected and will impress coach Barry Odom enough to earn a spot on the team.
- Missouri’s first spring game to be televised in some capacity came in 2008. That was the year following a top-5 finish for the Tigers, and Missouri returned stars Chase Daniel, Jeremy Maclin, Chase Coffman, William Moore and Sean Weatherspoon. In 2008, Missouri began the season as a top-10 team before a 9-4 finish.
- During the 2016 spring game, QB Drew Lock was 9-of-13 passing for 134 yards and 2 touchdowns. On defense, LB Michael Scherer had 6 tackles, 2 for loss.