Missouri opens football practice

James Franklin leads the Missouri quarterbacks through drills during the Tigers’ first practice of the season Thursday afternoon in Columbia.

James Franklin leads the Missouri quarterbacks through drills during the Tigers’ first practice of the season Thursday afternoon in Columbia.

COLUMBIA — The Missouri football team certainly has its share of familiar faces with 17 starters returning from last year’s 10-3 squad.

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But the old faces will have to mix with new ones as the Tigers look to fill a few key positions this season.

New and old were on display Thursday afternoon as Missouri held its first of 23 practices before the season opener Sept. 3 against Miami (Ohio).

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