Day 13 of the Missouri State Bears fall camp featured just one afternoon practice, as cooler temperatures continued to give the gridders a needed boost. The Bears focused on special teams and positional work early in the workout before shifting into the team-oriented portion of the practice agenda.
Head coach Terry Allen indicated the highly competitive quarterback race remains a dead heat, like several other positions, and refrained from identifying a target date for settling those debates.
“I think the obvious question centers around Ashton (Glaser) and Kierra (Harris) at quarterback,” the seventh-year head coach said. “They both handled things well Saturday. We’ve just got to wait and see.”
One unit to which the Bears’ coaching staff will look for leadership and growth this fall is the cornerback group. Talented junior Sybhrian Berry headlines the MSU corners after he started nine times as a sophomore and notched 44 tackles with a team-high seven pass break-ups. Berry has impressive speed and will continue to improve in the secondary while providing a solid return man on special teams.
Also back is junior Howard Scarborough, whose sophomore year ended prematurely after an injury in week five sidelined him for the remainder of the year. He started all 11 games as a redshirt freshman in 2010 and will be counted on for big things at right cornerback this fall in his fourth season in the program.
“Everybody coming back has played and has experience,” said B.J. Stotser, MSU’s secondary coach. “Sybhrian is instrumental to what we’re doing, Howard has some quality experience, and James Caine is starting to pick things up. I’m excited about what we have.”
Caine played in 10 games as a first-year transfer in 2011 and will look to add to his playing time this fall behind Scarborough and newcomer Jeremiah Plowden, a juco standout from Fort Scott (Kan.) Community College who Stotser thinks will push for immediate playing time.
Backing up Berry will be Webb City product Jarvis Jones who is a tremendous athlete and true freshman talent who has the ability to contribute right away.
The Bears tackle the first of two remaining two-a-days Wednesday, with practices slated for 8:30 a.m. and 4:15 p.m.