Quarterback James Franklin and running back Henry Josey headlined a list of 12 Missouri Tigers that were out with injuries, but that didn't take the enthusiasm away from Missouri's Black & Gold Game on Saturday.
With Franklin out, all eyes were on redshirt freshman quarterback Corbin Berkstresser, and he had a solid afternoon. The native of Lee's Summit, Mo. completed 13-of-20 passes for 187 yards, one touchdown and one interception.
Franklin is expected to be back before the start of the season, but Berkstresser got the majority of the first-team snaps this spring, which is invaluable experience as the Tigers make the transition to the SEC this fall.
Josey, however, looks to be more doubtful for the 2012 season. Josey rushed for 1,168 games in just 10 games last season, before injuring his knee in November versus Texas. He is still in need of a second surgery on that knee, which will put his 2012 season in jeopardy, according to Dave Matter of the Columbia Daily Tribune.
In Josey's absence, senior Kendial Lawrence rushed for 69 yards on six carries. The loss of Josey will certainly hurt the Tigers, but Lawrence has been around for quite some time, and head coach Gary Pinkel and offensive coordinator David Yost are experts at getting the most out of their offense.
While fans came for the game, they stayed for the fashion show.
Missouri unveiled its new brand identity on Saturday, which includes new home and road uniforms designed by Nike. Click here for info and images detailing Missouri's new look.