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Starters shine in MU football's Spring Game

Starters shine in MU football's Spring Game

April 14th, 2019 by Colin O'Brien in Mizzou Sports
Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant scrambles for a gain during Saturday afternoon's Spring Game at Faurot Field.

Missouri quarterback Kelly Bryant scrambles for a gain...

Photo by Associated Press /News Tribune.

COLUMBIA — There are some new faces on the coaching staff and roster, but that didn't change Barry Odom's approach to Saturday afternoon's Missouri football Spring Game.

Odom, who in the past has said he hoped the scrimmage looked like paint drying, got what he was looking for as the Black (first- and second-stringers) defeated the Gold (other reserves) 21-3 at Faurot Field.

Outside of a 36-yard strike from Kelly Bryant to Dominic Gicinto, two 30-yard passes from backup QB Taylor Powell to Kam Scott, one for a touchdown, and sacks from Akial Byers, Jordan Elliott and Trajan Jeffcoat, not much happened.

That was by design.

"In the limited things we did offensively today on the play calls that we had, I thought the first two drives I saw some things with execution," Odom said. "I've seen enough out of those guys in the last couple of scrimmages, Kelly's a little bit different at the quarterback position when we're not playing two-hand touch. He's a hard guy to bring down."

Bryant started the game with eight straight completions and finished 12-of-17 for 150 yards and no touchdowns or interceptions in the first half.

Missouri's starters racked up 433 yards of offense, 292 through the air, and 25 first downs. But after going 75 yards in six plays on the opening drive, which Larry Rountree capped off with a 4-yard touchdown run, the Black later missed two field goals and did not score again until the fourth quarter, when Powell led back-to-back scoring drives to close out the game.

The Black offense was 2-for-4 in red zone opportunities.

"We didn't finish drives a couple of times, we get in position and walk away with no points," Odom said. "So that was one of our focus areas in the offseason, and it's been really good all through spring ball, on the work that we've done in the red zone to come away with touchdowns. We came up a little short with some of those things. But collectively, the way that they worked the spring, I think we've got an opportunity to be an explosive offense."

Wide receiver Barrett Bannister had an impressive game, catching eight passes for 73 yards, and was a consistent threat for both Bryant and Powell.

The starting defense, which did not play against the starting offense, held the Gold team to 95 yards, just 13 on the ground, and had four sacks and six total tackles for loss.

Gold quarterbacks Lindsey Scott Jr. and Shawn Robinson combined for a 9-of-21 passing line for 82 yards with no scores or turnovers.

Khmari Thompson caught four passes for 53 yards, while no other Gold receiver had more than one reception.

Starting center Trystan Colon-Castillo went down during the first drive and sprained his ankle, according to Odom, but returned in the second half. Wideout Johnathon Johnson dealt with a sore hamstring during the week of practice leading up to the game and was held out as a precaution.

Albert Okwuegbunam, Daniel Parker Jr. and Adam Sparks did not play as they also recover from injuries.