Thursday practice notes

Nick James has had a dominant spring at defensive tackle. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Nick James has had a dominant spring at defensive tackle. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Today was Mississippi State’s final open practice of the spring. The Bulldogs have its annual maroon-white spring game on Saturday and will hold one more closed practice with no pads next weeks to conclude spring.

MSU linebacker signee Deshon Cooper attended practice as did former head coach Jackie Sherrill.

Senior linebacker Christian Holmes and senior center Dillon Day both had their left arms in slings and did not practice. Redshirt freshman defensive end Trent Simpson was back in the injury pit today as well.

Sophomore linebacker Richie Brown was forced to leave practice after being knocked out by a block from junior running back Josh Robinson. Brown missed last year’s spring game after suffering a concussion on the Thursday prior to the scrimmage and history could repeat itself. I saw Brown after practice and he definitely looked woozy. It’ll be something to keep an eye on Saturday.

Senior wide receiver Jeremey Chappelle has been missing from several practices in a row. No explanation has been given about his whereabouts.

During the scrimmage portion of practice, junior quarterback Dak Prescott connected with sophomore tight end Gus Walley for a 15-yard touchdown.

Senior safety Justin Cox intercepted sophomore quarterback Damian Williams. Cox later broke up a pass in the end zone.

Sophomore athlete Brandon Holloway scored on a 45-yard option from Prescott. Had it been a real game it would’ve counted as a forward pass on the pitch. Holloway was later destroyed by redshirt freshman linebacker Dezmond Harris on a tackle.

Williams made back-to-back completions to redshirt freshman wide receiver Gabe Myles, the second for a 20-yard touchdown. Myles later caught a 36-yard touchdown in the left corner from Williams.

Sophomore safety Deontay Evans had a pass break-up and later tackled freshman quarterback Nick Fitzgerald at the line of scrimmage facing 4th-and-goal from the 2-yard line.

Senior running back Nick Griffin had the best play of the day with a 67-yard run where he spun out of a tackle and would have scored but bumped into a referee way down field and was tackled at the 6-yard line. I’ve been very impressed all spring with Griffin’s efforts and it appears he is finally healthy after two knee surgeries.

Depth Chart:

First team offense:

QB Dak Prescott

RB Nick Griffin

WR De’Runnya Wilson

WR Fred Ross

TE Malcolm Johnson

TE Gus Walley

LT Blaine Clausell

LG Jamaal Clayborn

C Ben Beckwith

RG Devon Desper

RT Damian Robinson

First team defense:

DE Preston Smith

DT Nelson Adams

DT Chris Jones

DE A.J. Jefferson

LB Richie Brown

LB Benardrick McKinney

LB Matthew Wells

CB Jamerson Love

CB Taveze Calhoun

S Justin Cox

S Kendrick Market

Second team defense:

QB Damian Williams

RB Brandon Holloway

WR Joe Morrow

WR Robert Johnson

WR Shelby Christy

WR Gabe Myles

LT Cole Carter

LG Kent Flowers

C Archie Muniz

RG Jake Thomas

RT Rufus Warren

Second team defense:

DE John Harris

DT Jordan Washington

DT Nick James

DE Ryan Brown

LB Dezmond Harris

LB DeAndre Ward

LB Quadry Antoine

CB Jahmere Irvin-Sills

CB Tolando Cleveland

S Deontay Evans

S Brandon Wells

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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  • Mike Davis

    J.Rob going too hard out there…Man ou 3-4 defense gonna be tough…

  • karl Hungus

    Can State get 30,000 at spring game and 15,000 at the baseball game?

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