Bears Football Training Camp Report
2013 Daily Training Camp Report
2013 Daily Training Camp Report

2013 Missouri State Bears Football Training Camp Report


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Day 16, Saturday, Aug. 17

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Recap: With one of the top defensive units in the Missouri Valley Football Conference, Missouri State closed out training camp Saturday afternoon with the club's second preseason scrimmage on a day dominated by the maroon-clad defenders for a majority of the 120 plays.

After Cedric Miller (So., Memphis, Tenn.) darted down the near sideline for a 58-yard gain on the fourth play of the morning, it looked like the offense was headed for a great start. But senior cornerback Howard Scarborough (Tulsa, Okla.) turned the tables on the next sequence when he snagged a Kierra Harris (Jr., Texarkana, Ark.) pass and returned it 58 yards for a touchdown

For a complete recap, including stats, of today's scrimmage, visit  See scrimmage highlights and postgame interviews in today's video with defensive coordinator D.J. Vokolek and head coach Terry Allen, who also talks about the injury to Zack Cooley today.

Day 15, Friday, Aug. 16

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Recap: On the final practice of training camp, the Bears put the finishing touches on installing plays and getting everything aligned for Saturday's intrasquad scrimmage. Head Coach Terry Allen said this week's scrimmage should be similar to last week's, which consumed around 125 plays. After the morning workout in full pads, the Bears spent the afternoon in group meetings before assisting students and parents move into the campus residence halls (see a photo gallery by clicking on the Move-In Day link above).

The Bears will wrap Training Camp 2013 with a (free) 10 a.m. scrimmage at Plaster Field, followed by a Meet the Bears autgraph event at the stadium at Noon and team talent show Saturday evening.

Day 14, Thursday, Aug. 15

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The Bears' final two-a-day practice found good weather throughout as the maroons took part in a morning practice in full pads at Plaster Field, followed by an afternoon session in shorts and shells on the grass practice fields. The afternoon focused on teaching and teamwork as the squad took time to work in position groups, 7-on-7 passing and some situational 11-on-11 drills. The offensive standout in the afternoon was fifth-year senior Matt Swan who made several athletic plays in the passing game. Check out today's practice video clip for an offensive line preview with assistant coach Sean Coughlin.

Tomorrow: The team's final practice of Training Camp will take place at 9 a.m. Friday at Plaster Field on "Move In Friday" on the MSU campus.

Day 13, Wednesday, Aug. 14

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Recap: Missouri State hit the turf at Plaster Field for two-and-a-half hours on Wednesday afternoon, getting a complete practice in with mild 78-degree temperatures. The Bears worked on 11-on-11 drills, situational drills, redzone offense and a number of position assignments as they prepared for their final three practices before Saturday's (10 a.m.) camp finale. See coach Courtney Sanders and senior Anthony Grady talk about the defensive line progression in today's practice video.

After practice, the squad met with new honorary teammate Levi Decker, with the Champions Committed to Kids program. (see related video).

Tomorrow: The team's final two-a-day awaits on Thursday with an 8:10 a.m. session at Plaster Field, followed by a 3:45 p.m., practice on the grass practice fields on campus.

Day 12, Tuesday, Aug. 13

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Recap: The Bears had good weather for Tuesday's two-a-day sessions at Plaster Field. The squad worked hard with physical team drills in full pads in the morning, followed by a two-hour afternoon session in shorts and shells. Offensive coordinator Rob Christophel said most of the day was spent correcting mistakes and getting additional reps, particularly in 11-on-11 situations. The coaches continue to evaluate the squad's young talent and adjust depth charts accordingly as the final week of camp reaches its midway point. In today's practice video, see assistant coach Ben Barkema and redshirt freshman Ryan Boatright break down the tight ends.

The Bears also announced Tuesday that the squad will have a Meet the Bears opportunity on Saturday after the squad's 10 a.m. scrimmage at Plaster Field. The session is free and open to the public with Coach Terry Allen, players and staff available for autographs and interaction, starting around Noon.

Tomorrow: Coach Allen's club will lift weights Wednesday morning and hit the field for a 3 p.m. afternoon practice on what is forecast to be an unseasonably cool day with Springfield highs in the upper 70's.

Day 11, Monday, Aug. 12

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Recap: The Bears started the morning with a scheduled practice on the grass practice fields but had to bail after the first 90 minutes due to lightning in the area.  The practice was resumed for another hour-and-a-half at Plaster Field on Monday afternoon with some individual position work, 7-on-7 passing and game situations, special teams, two-minute offense and full team 11-on-11.  The defense had its way through most of the team periods, but a 30-yard TD strike from Ashton Glaser to Eric Christophel highlighted the afternoon efforts of the offense.

Tomorrow: The Bears have just a pair of two-a-day practices remaining, and Tuesday is one of them with sessions scheduled for 8:10 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Day 10, Saturday, Aug. 10

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Recap: Missouri State's first intrasquad scrimmage of the fall Saturday morning featured big plays on both sides of the ball as the offense produced 463 yards and five touchdowns, while the defense surrendered just over 3.0 yards per carry on the ground and came up with a pair of turnovers.

"It was a typical first scrimmage," said head coach Terry Allen. "We kept the mistakes to a minimum and nobody got injured, so that's always good. We're pretty efficient in our offense right now, and our defense played with a lot of confidence and intensity, and that's hopefully a sign of good things to come."

The star in the early going was freshman Phoenix Johnson (RB, Webb City, Mo.) who helped the second-team unit cap a 75-yard drive with a 24-yard touchdown carry as the first score of the scrimmage. Johnson later added a 1-yard touchdown run and finished with 45 yards on 8 carries, plus a 6-yard pass reception.

For a complete summary and stats of today's scrimmage, see the recap at

Tomorrow/Monday: The Bears will have Sunday off before returning to the field Monday morning for an 8:50 practice at Plaster Field as they being their final week of preseason camp before the fall semester begins Aug. 19.

Day 9, Friday, Aug. 9

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Recap: The Bears had a fantastic morning for their 11th practice of Training Camp 2013. The two-and-a-half hour practice on the turf at Plaster Field included heavy emphasis on 11-on-11 team reps, as well as red zone work in full pads. The team remains healthy headed into Saturday's first intrasquad scrimmage of camp. Head Coach Terry Allen and WR Julian Burton talk about the receiving corps, including Idaho transfer Kyren Watts, in today's camp video.

Tomorrow: The Bears will conclude the second week of camp with their first scrimmage of the fall, starting around 10 a.m. Saturday at Plaster Field. The session will include around 120 plays and is free and open to the public. The Bears will also work on special teams early Saturday morning prior to the scrimmage.

Day 8, Thursday, Aug. 8

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Recap: After rain caused Thursday’s morning session to be pushed back about an hour, the Bears worked out in full pads at Plaster Sports Complex in their second two-a-day session of camp.  The Bears worked heavily on team drills again in the morning, in addition to 7-on-7, kickoff and punt cover, and field goal work. In team work, Zac Hoover (RFr., Grain Valley, Mo.) made a fantastic, acrobatic touchdown grab on a 40-yard strike from Ashton Glaser to highlight the offense’s efforts. The morning concluded in overcast, 72-degree conditions, which set the stage for an hour and 45-minute afternoon workout in 80-degree, sunny conditions. The afternoon again featured a lot of team drills in 11-on-11 situations as both units continued to put in plays and determine position depth. The Bears also worked on red zone and 7-on-7 drills. Highlighting the afternoon session was a 55-yard TD strike from Kierra Harris to Julian Burton as well as an athletic interception by Sybhrian Berry (see today's video for an interview with Sybhrian).

Tomorrow: The Bears will practice at 9 a.m. Friday at Plaster Field and should conclude just before Noon.

Day 7, Wednesday, Aug. 7

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Recap:  As camp reached the one-week mark, the Bears continued to put in their offense Wednesday with a two-and-a-half hour afternoon workout at Plaster Field. The last half of practice focused heavily on team 11-on-11 drills with quarterbacks Kierra Harris, Ashton Glaser and Brodie Lambert each manufacturing productive drives. The defense continued to look impressive in all facets. Defensive coordinator D.J. Vokolek said the addition of transfer Brandon Cheaton (Jr., Los Angeles Pierce College and Delaware), who was cleared Monday, has given the team another quality safety to use in various sets along with returning starters Caleb Schaffitzel and Mike Crutcher.

Tomorrow: Two-a-day practice No. 2 awaits the Bears on Thursday at Plaster Field with sessions at 8:10 a.m. and 3:45 p.m.

Day 6, Tuesday, Aug. 6

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Recap:  On the day the Bears picked up a vote in the FCS Preseason Coaches Poll, they took on two practices for the first time Tuesday with a two-hour morning session in cloudy conditions at Plaster, followed by a sunny, 85-degree afternoon session that covered another two hours. The morning session included a heavy emphasis on team drills in addition to 7-on-7 work in full pads. The afternoon practice was conducted in helmets and shells featuring red zone work and position exercises. Head coach Terry Allen noted that the afternoon belonged to the defense, which features 10 returning starters from last season.

Tomorrow: The Bears will be back in full pads Wednesday afternoon with a single practice, starting at 3 p.m., at Plaster Field.

Day 5, Monday, Aug. 5

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Recap:  The Bears spent most of Monday morning in front of cameras and microphones at Plaster Field as part of the team's annual Media Day festivities. Eighth-year head coach Terry Allen's 30-minute press conference is available at the links above, in addition to various player interviews.  On Monday afternoon, the Bears worked out in full pads for the first time as they continued to put in plays and get reps for nearly three hours with humid conditions and temperatures in the mid-80's.

Tomorrow: The Bears will get their first taste of two-a-day practices on Tuesday with practice sessions slated for 8:10 a.m. and 3:45 p.m., at Plaster Field.

Day 4, Saturday, Aug. 3

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Recap:  MSU's fourth day of training camp saw the Bears continue to put in plays and get ample work in position groups and 11-on-11 situations.  Special teams reps were also on the itinerary, particularly with kickoff coverage and field goal units. Senior Sybhrian Berry blocked a field goal to highlight a solid two-and-a-half hour session at Plaster. After a night of storms in the area, temperatures were a moderate 80 degrees for the practice in shorts, helmets and shoulder pads.

Tomorrow/Monday: The Bears will have a series of meetings on Sunday but no practice. Monday is Media Day at Plaster Field (10 a.m.), followed by the club's first full-pad workout at 3 p.m.

Day 3, Friday, Aug. 2

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Recap:  The Bears broke out the pads for the first time this preseason during their lone practice of the day Friday morning at Plaster Field. Day three also featured a break from the summer heat, as spring-like temperatures hovered in the low 70's for much of the two-and-a-half hour session. The Bears wrapped up the practice with a couple of brisk 11-on-11 periods and some team conditioning after spending considerable time installing plays and getting their first feel of real contact in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts.

Tomorrow: Third full practice (shells) starting at 9:30 a.m., at Plaster Field

Day 2, Thursday, Aug. 1

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Recap:  Day 2 of Missouri State's preseason camp featured a two-and-a-half hour practice at Plaster Field on Thursday morning -- the club's first full practice. Though air temperatures were in the upper 70's, the humidity provided a summer-like feel to the session that was conducted in helmets and shorts on the stadium FieldTurf. In addition to group work and some basic special team instruction, the Bears got a couple periods of team reps under their belts, which provided the opportunity for standout WR Dorian Buford to make a fantastic endzone reception.

Tomorrow: Second full practice (shells) starting at 9:30 a.m., at Plaster Field

Day 1, Wednesday, July 31

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Recap:  The Bears arrived on campus Wednesday with a full day of check-in activities and team meetings followed by a grueling conditioning test at Plaster Field. With a sunny, 84-degree afternoon setting the stage for the team's first workout of the campaign, the 87 Bears who arrived in camp on the first day had to complete a timed 55-yard dash 25 times to pass the test. An evening walk-through at Plaster Field concluded a busy first day of activities.

Tomorrow: First full practice (helmets) at 9:30 a.m., at Plaster Field



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