Grid Bears Set Focus on Second Scrimmage
April 12, 2013
SPRINGFIELD - With just a week remaining in the football Bears' spring season, Missouri State head coach Terry Allen and his staff will keep a watchful eye on Saturday's second intrasquad scrimmage at Plaster Field to measure its progress.
The Bears will hit Plaster Field at 10 a.m., Saturday for a free, open scrimmage. Next week, MSU will wrap up spring workouts with three mid-week practices and the squad's annual Maroon and White Game at 1 p.m., on Saturday, April 20.
In last week's first full scrimmage, MSU's defensive unit that stood out by forcing four turnovers and scoring three touchdowns during the 90-minute session at Plaster Field.
"I thought it was a typical first scrimmage," said head coach Terry Allen. "I thought the defense did some really good things. One thing that disappointed me was the penalties and the lack of ball security by the offense, especially during the latter part of the scrimmage."
The offense was whistled for eight penalties in all, including five false starts, that served to kill some key drives early. In fact, the offense's first scoring drive was manufactured by the third team with Brodie Lambert pushing the offense 64 yards to the 6-yard line before settling for the first of three field goals on the day by Austin Witmer.
Allen currently has 41 returning lettermen and 73 returning squad members in camp as he begins his eighth season at the helm. MSU will kick off the 2013 campaign with a Thursday night matchup with Northwestern (La.) State at Plaster on Aug. 29 at 6 p.m. Season ticket information is available now.