- Associated Press - Thursday, August 20, 2015

COLUMBIA, Mo. (AP) - Maty Mauk completed 15 of 22 passes for 134 yards and a touchdown and the Missouri offense had it second straight turnover-free scrimmage of fall camp.

The Tigers have totaled 14 touchdowns in the scrimmages.

Freshman Drew Lock was 15 for 20 for 168 yards and two touchdowns in the scrimmage Thursday. Earlier in the week, coach Gary Pinkel said the passing game had been inconsistent.

“We’re improving,” Pinkel said. “That’s exciting for us. We’re going to have to play well young, but that’s good. ‘Why can’t young receivers play great?’ That’s our approach.”

Missouri’s inexperience at wide receiver has been compounded by injury. The Tigers, 11-3 last year and two-time defending champions in the SEC East, must replace the top three pass catchers.

J’Mon Moore sprained his left shoulder in practice this week, and Johnathan Johnson severely sprained an ankle in the first scrimmage. Moore and Johnson were the leading receivers in that scrimmage.

Wesley Leftwich, the lone returning senior wide receiver, had one catch for 13 yards but left with a knee injury. There was no immediate update.

DeSean Blair is nursing a sprained left ankle, but led Missouri receivers with five catches for 66 yards. Walk-on Jake Brents caught four passes for a team-high 80 yards, including a 55-yard touchdown catch.

“The guys that were healthy came out and did a tremendous job,” said Nate Brown, who had two catches for 15 yards and a score.

The defense had nine sacks and 17 tackles for loss in the 123-play scrimmage. Cam Hilton and Donavin Newsom had seven tackles apiece.

Junior college transfer Marcell Frazier began with the first-team defense and had two tackles. Freshman defensive tackle Terry Beckner Jr. made four tackles, and also took some first-team snaps.

Defensive end Charles Harris had four tackles, including 21/2 for loss, and added two sacks and a quarterback hurry.

“Terry did a great job of stopping the run and being physical on the inside,” Harris said of Beckner. “I’m really impressed.”

Missouri will hold a final scrimmage Aug. 27 at Faurot Field.


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