As defense dominates, injuries put damper on LU spring game

The Lincoln Blue Tigers wrapped up spring practice on Saturday. (Tony Mullen/KRCG13)

JEFFERSON CITY --- It doesn't really matter if it's Alabama, Missouri or Lincoln, you always take away the same thing from spring scrimmages.

Not much.

The biggest goal for every April workout across the country is to get out of it injury free. That goal was not achieved at Lincoln's Blue and White Spring Game on Saturday --- it didn't even make it past the first play --- as junior offensive lineman Miles Wallace -went down with an apparent broken right ankle.

It certainly put a damper on the rest of the day.

"It did," said Blue Tigers first-year coach Steve Smith. "I really feel sorry for Miles, because he's put a lot of work in this year. He will have time to recover (for the season) --- we'll get him back right where he needs to be ---- but it's really hard when you put all that work in and then all of a sudden, something like this happens."

Later in the scrimmage, sophomore running Terry Hunter went out with what Smith said was a broken right arm.

"But it's just like a regular game --- you have to lick your wounds and keep coming. We can't stop the game or we can't stop playing or cancel the season because of one or two guys."

The injuries certainly didn't help the cause for the offense, especially for a line that was already thin and depleted with injuries. As a result, this was a day dominated by the defense.

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