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Numbers aside, Mizzou scrimmage good for Berkstresser

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With starting quarterback James Franklin out indefinitely with a shoulder sprain, Missouri backup quarterback Corbin Berkstresser has already been asked to take the stress (*elbow nudge* amirite?!?!?) out of making sure the Tigers offense is ready to go no matter what when they enter SEC play for the first time this fall.

And in today’s first spring scrimmage, the redshirt freshman got his initial taste of being a starting quarterback for Mizzou. Berkstresser’s numbers weren’t fantastic — 10-of-25 for 105 yards — but that’s to be expected; Franklin may not have done any better himself had he participated. Here’s what Dave Matter of the Columbia Tribune had to say about Berkstresser’s day:

That’s not the most aesthetically pleasing stat line for Berkstresser, but he did some good things guiding the first-team offense against the first-team defense. Most important, he didn’t turn the ball over. He occasionally gets himself in trouble by rushing his delivery and overthrowing his receivers, but he put together an impressive 2-minute drill in his final series. 

What’s invaluable are the reps. Franklin took nearly 100 percent of the snaps last season for the Tigers, and with the incumbent starter out for now, that leaves Berkstresser, junior Ashton Glaser and Alex Demczak as the remaining options at QB.

Statistically, Berkstresser probably had the best day of the three, as Glaser and Demczak combined for five interceptions. But when Franklin returns and the season draws closer, it’s only natural that Franklin will get the majority of the reps. That means Berkstresser has to take full advantage of his first-team time now.

There may be a moment when he’s asked to take them in game situations next season.

(Photo courtesy of MU athletics) 

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6 Responses to “Numbers aside, Mizzou scrimmage good for Berkstresser”
  1. mrslay1 says: Mar 17, 2012 10:36 PM

    Well Mizzory…don’t expect a lot of love anywhere for now as you are the new redheaded step child with the aggies right now. And of coarse you won’t be able to compete with Georgia,USC of Florida this year. But being in the east, you have a fair chance against Vandy, Tenn(still down ) and Kentucky. Win a few bowl games for the SEC and you will start to see some love:-)
    PS… Razorback who knows what it’s like to be the new kid on the block.

  2. gopokes0714 says: Mar 18, 2012 4:21 AM

    You didn’t like being the new kid on the block, but you are all too eager to pick on Missouri fans for being new?

  3. missouriman4ever says: Mar 18, 2012 9:40 AM

    Actually I’d say MIZZOU has a good chance of beating Georgia and Florida this year. Not USC but MIZZOU has more talent than ppl think they do. And honestly, we will have a lot more success than Texas A&M. We play in the east, we have better coaching, and we’ve beaten A&M twice in a row both at Kyle Field. I’m not saying MIZZOU wins the east or anything, but MIZZOU will impress the SEC with its quality of play

  4. mrslay1 says: Mar 18, 2012 9:43 AM

    It goes with the terretory. Everyone has to pay their dues. Being Yankees you got it coming on both ends.

  5. sportsbastard says: Mar 18, 2012 4:34 PM

    Arkansas fans sure do run their mouths a lot, considering Missouri beat them by 4TD’s in their last meeting.

  6. kcrobert10 says: Mar 18, 2012 10:24 PM

    Um when did Missouri become yanks. It was a slave state and would of joined the confederate cause if not for the union army. Much like Kentucky if u think about it. I agree ark fans must still be bitter about the beat down we gave them in Dallas a few yrs ago. Mizzou will be fine they will make a bowl and will be competitive. It’s no easy task to win at the zou on sat I don’t see that changing just cause we jumped from the big 12 to the sec. The big 12 isn’t the big east after all they have been very good for awhile.

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