Day four of Mississippi State’s Liberty Bowl practices is in the books. The Bulldogs worked for two hours Monday afternoon before film sessions and meetings to wrap up the day.
Here are a few notes I jotted down in my notebook from today’s work…
Junior safety Jay Hughes, junior running back Nick Griffin, freshman wide receiver Fred Ross, sophomore guard Justin Malone, junior linebacker Ferlando Bohanna, junior tight end Brandon Hill, junior defensive tackle P.J. Jones and senior tackle Charles Siddoway were all in the injury pit and working out with the MSU strength coaches and riding exercise bikes throughout practice.
During a specialty drill defending fake punts, sophomore cornerback Will Redmond lit up one of the walk-on punters. Redmond later picked off freshman quarterback Damian Williams during pass skeleton drills.
Freshman tight end B.J. Hammond displayed some soft hands catching the football.
Junior wide receiver Jeremey Chappelle made the best grab of the day juggling a catch during pass skeleton several times before making a circus one-handed grab for a 50-yard gain.
Junior safety/ linebacker Dee Arriginton made a good read on a Nick Fitzgerald pass and tipped it into the air but junior wide receiver Jameon Lewis was able to come back and make the catch anyways.
Sophomore Dak Prescott threw a bullet across the middle of the field that was hauled in by redshirt freshman wide receiver Fred Brown in tight coverage. Prescott really threaded that pass in there.
Sophomore Taveze Calhoun picked off Prescott during pass skeleton fighting off freshman wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson for the interception.
Sophomore defensive tackle Quay Evans was not at practice again.
Redshirt freshman wide receiver Brandon Holloway got behind the defense on a go route down the left sideline but had to stop and come back for an underthrown ball by Williams but was still able to make the catch.
Sophomore tight end Rufus Warren was back practicing Monday.
Freshman tight end Artimas Samuel showed off his old wide receiver hands from high school making several sure-handed snags.
Once the scrimmage portion of practice rolled around it was sophomore defensive tackle Nick James who was once again chasing after Fitzgerald with a high motor. I don’t imagine Fitzgerald had anyone that size or speed coming at him like a freight train a few weeks ago in high school.
Freshman running back Ashton Shumpert ran right through an arm tackle by redshirt freshman cornerback Cedric Jiles.
Freshman defensive lineman Chris Jones received high praise and a high-five from defensive line coach David Turner after staying home and stopping a read-option run at the line of scrimmage.
Freshman defensive end Trent Simpson sacked Fitzgerald on three occasions during the scrimmage.
Freshman cornerback Jahmere Irvin-Sills sacked Williams coming on a corner blitz.
Fitzgerald really looked good running the read-option. He faked me out a couple of times. He’s a lot bigger and quicker than he was at camp during the summer and has a stronger arm than I remember too.
Senior cornerback Rishunn McCaleb broke up a Fitzgerald pass.
Redshirt freshman defensive end A.J. Jefferson sacked Williams.
Redshirt freshman defensive end Torrey Dale and senior defensive lineman Corvell Harrison-Gay each had a tackle for loss.
Evan Sobiesk made five of his six field goal attempts to close out practice. Sobiesk booted a 41-yarder on the final play of the day that kept the team from running gassers. Head coach Dan Mullen bet the team double or nothing on the kick and the redshirt freshman delivered and was carried off the field by his teammates chanting his name.