15 April 2012

New Conference, New Look, Same Attitude

4/14/12- A New Era Begins
by Mizzou Matt
COLUMBIA, MO- Saturday, April 14th, 2012. It's all we as Mizzou fans have heard for the last few months. It was the day of the annual spring football Black & Gold game, and it was the most anticipated day in recent history with the unveiling of new Nike uniforms for five Missouri sports. Soccer, volleyball, women's basketball, men's basketball, and of course football will all have a new look for the inaugural season in the SEC.

For the past 18 months, the University has been working along with Nike on a new branding initiative for the new unis. The new uniforms (right) are a part of the new conference move for Mizzou, which will take place on July 1st, 2012.

Oh, and just in case you didn't know, there was some football to be had as well. Faurot Field was the place for the spring game, and there was a few noticeable difference around the field. The "BIG XII" logos that were once on the grass knolls leading up from the field to the stands were removed. The "SEC" circular logo was adorned on the players' jerseys. SEC crews patrolled the sidelines with SEC on the scrimmage and first down markers. The only thing missing was the SEC logo on the field, which will happen after the resurfacing.

18,614 braved early inclement weather that gave way to a perfect Saturday afternoon for some football. The first half, Tigers2 was spotted 14 points, and wound up winning the first half 37-10. Jimmy Hunt reeled in an 88-yard pass from Ashton Glaser, while Donovan Bonner returned an interception 65 yards for a touchdown. T.J. Moe scored for Mizzou1 on a 32-yard pass from Corbin Berkstresser, and Andrew Baggett added a 47-yd field goal for Mizzou1 for the "starters" 10 points. Rolandis Woodland also caught a pass from Glaser for a 35-yd touchdown for Tigers2. The defense won the second half, 5-3 over the offense.

QB Alex Demczak
Junior quarterback James Franklin did not take any snaps, coming off of shoulder surgery to repair his glenohumeral joint (shoulder). Berkstresser finished off 13/20 for 187 yards while Glaser went 14/25 for 213 and 2 TDs. Newcomer Alex Demczak went 2/4 for seven yards and an interception.

And of course, the new football uniforms.

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