Mizzou camp diary: Tailback Washington could have a breakout season

COLUMBIA | Sophomore Derrick Washington looks to be in for a big year as the starter at tailback for Mizzou.

On a pitch right on Tuesday, the former Ray-Pec star was through the right side and downfield so quickly that four of five defenders in the area didn’t seem to know Washington had passed their way.

“Go get him!” yelled several angry defensive coaches.

If there is a player who has stood out above the rest in the first two days of Missouri’s August training camp, its Washington.

He is running well and catching nearly everything, the only downside before he was stripped of the football by linebacker Sean Weatherspoon on Monday.

Washington seems confident he can give the Tigers what the Tony Temple did in gaining 1,000 yards each of the previous two seasons.

“Like the coaches have been telling us,” Washington said, “we don’t rebuild, we reload.”

SUNSHINE MAN: Tight ends coach Bruce Walker has turned into Mr. Sunshine with a couple of his freshman pupils, Smithville’s Andrew Jones and Michael Egnew out of Plainview, Texas.

On Tuesday, Jones ran what looked to be a solid route and Walker enthused: “AJ! That was excellent. That’s the way you do it!”

This followed Walker’s atta-boy from Monday when, after Egnew ran a deep route, Walker said: “You’re better already. The first day and you’re better already.”

Egnew took a few steps back on Tuesday, a couple of passes bouncing off his hands to the grass incomplete.

Walker wasn’t happy about that.

But Egnew -- 6-5 and needing to bulk up a bit from 210 pounds -- certainly looks like a Missouri tight end in one inescapable way.

He’s wearing Martin Rucker’s old No. 82.

Jones is wearing No. 87.

COULTER WORKS IN: Hyped juco defensive end Brian Coulter worked into more drills on Tuesday morning, despite still being bothered by a sore ankle.

Might want to play down the discussions of Coulter replacing senior Tommy Chavis at defensive end until the newcomer shows he can get through a full-go practice.

WE’VE GOT THE ANSWERS: Gathered around at the close of practice, you’ll sometimes hear the players shout: “No! No! No! Hell yes!”

Asked what all that meant, MU Head Coach Gary Pinkel said those were the proper responses to a concerns about when football games are won.

“You can’t do it in the first quarter,” Pinkel said. “You can’t do it in the second quarter. You can’t do it in the third quarter.

“Can you do it in the fourth quarter?”