COLUMBIA | Running back Drew Temple and defensive lineman Aldon Smith missed Monday’s first football practice. How many more they’ll miss is up to the NCAA Clearinghouse.
“We’re almost for certain both will be in,” said Missouri Coach Gary Pinkel. “It’s just going through the clearinghouse and all the things you’ve got to go through.”
Temple is looking to make it five straight seasons a Temple has been on the MU roster. Brother Tony bowed out last year with a second straight 1,000-yard rushing season. Drew, out of Rockhurst, was rated the No. 7 player in Missouri by Rivals.com.
Smith, out of Raytown High School, was ranked the No. 5 prospect in Missouri by Rivals. Smith committed to Mizzou last season right after the Tigers 41-6 victory over Nebraska.
A FEW RED SHIRTS: Starting linebacker Van Alexander, backup linebacker Steve Redmond, starting wide out Danario Alexander all wore red jerseys and were limited in drills while rehabbing knee surgeries.
The red means those players are not to be hit with any kind of force. In Danario Alexander’s case, it wasn’t likely anyone was going to belt him while he was riding an exercise bike.
“I’ve done a little jogging, but no running,” Alexander said.
Pinkel expects the red jerseys will come off Van Alexander and Redmond soon. And here’s what he said about Danario Alexander:
“He’s on track to be 100 percent by the first of October. It could be a little bit earlier. It could be a little bit later.”
THE DEER HUNTER: Offensive lineman Kurtis Gregory likes to hunt deer, but he doesn’t have much patience.
“If I don’t see one within an hour,” Gregory said, “I’m going back to bed.”
REMEMBER SALT TABLETS? On this steaming afternoon - it was 99 degrees when practice started at 3:45 - MU head of sports medicine Rex Sharp was reminded of when salt pills fell out of favor.
“That was probably about ’94 that we stopped using salt tablets,” Sharp said. “Some people just mis-took them. More was not necessarily better.
“The water in the body was attracted to the stomach to dilute the salt. So the fluids were not getting into the outer part of the body.”
Worse, that was a time when many coaches told players not to drink water until after practice. “We just weren’t very smart,” Sharp said.
That idiocy ended just about 10 years ago.
On Monday, players drank often from either Gatorade bottles or from water tanks placed around the practice fields.
“We’re smarter now,” Sharp said.
MU RUNNING LOW ON TICKETS: For the Border War against Kansas at Arrowhead Stadium that is.
That’s why unofficial word has gone out to booster groups that it might be smart for MU fans to take advantage of the on-going sale of tickets from KU rather than wait for MU’s remaining alottment of tickets to go on sale through Ticketmaster by Aug. 18.
That’s because Missouri may have no tickets left to sell from its allotment of 30,000.
“Right now I can’t give you a clear answer,” said Mark Alnutt, associate athletic director. “If they is (a public sale), it might be so limited.”
Many MU fans have peppered Internet message boards with claims of buying tickets in bulk from the KU online ticket office since Border War tickets went on sale at 9 a.m. last Friday.
As of 8:30 p.m. on Monday, it was still possible to buy as many as 10 tickets in a row from the KU online site (http://kuathletics.cstv.com and navigate to online tickets) at $35 each in the upper level reserved section of Arrowhead Stadium. Kansas, like Missouri, took an allotment of 30,000 tickets.
About 20,000 were taken by the Chiefs for sale to their season ticket holders and other groups.
A year ago MU had a ticket allotment of only 16,000 but still managed an approximate 60-40 split in fans in the stands, according to MU officials.