Saturday practice notes

Mississippi State quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson worked out alongside some of his signal callers during drills on Saturday. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Mississippi State quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson worked out alongside some of his signal callers during drills on Saturday. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Mississippi State finished its second week of spring practice on Saturday. It was the Bulldogs fifth session so far and also junior day, hosting dozens of high school recruits from around the country.

Here are a few notes that I jotted down in my notebook while I was out at practice today.

Quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson had his cleats on and was tossing the pigskin around with his signal callers.

New to the injury pit today was sophomore safety Jahmere Irvin-Sills joining senior safety Kendrick Market, junior wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson, freshman wide receiver Deddrick Thomas, redshirt freshman quarterback Elijah Staley, junior quarterback Damian Williams, sophomore linebacker Dezmond Harris and senior cornerback Taveze Calhoun.

Former MSU tight end Brandon Hill was on hand observing practice.

Former Pittsburgh Steelers quarterback Bubby Brister attended the practice.

West Point standout offensive lineman Scott Lashley was also there as well. Lashley had on an MSU visor, MSU jacket, MSU pants and maroon adidas shoes.

During 7-on-7 drills, redshirt freshman running back Dontavian Lee made a nice one handed grab on about a 25-yard pass from redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Fitzgerald.

When it came time to scrimmage, the first team defensive line dominated the first team offensive line and had senior quarterback Dak Prescott scrambling around in the pocket. The defensive line would have racked up plenty of sacks if Prescott had been live.

Junior linebacker Beniquez Brown broke up a Prescott pass.

Junior defensive end Will Coleman had the best day of any player I saw. In a four play span, I saw Coleman have a sack, a quarterback hurry and two pass deflections. After being ineligible to play in games last year, I think his addition will help offset the loss of Preston Smith.

Prescott had a long completion to junior tight end Gus Walley down the right sideline.

Prescott also had a 25-yard gain on the ground on a designed quarterback draw.

Junior defensive end Johnathan Calvin made a diving, one-handed interception after Fitzgerald’s pass was batted in the air at the line of scrimmage. Very athletic play by the big guy.

Depth Chart

First Team Offense

QB Dak Prescott

RB Ashton Shumpert

WR Gabe Myles

WR Jesse Jackson

WR Fred Brown

TE Gus Walley

LT Rufus Warren

LG Justin Malone

C Jamaal Clayborn

RG Devon Desper

RT Damien Robinson

First Team Defense

DE Ryan Brown

DT Chris Jones

DT Nelson Adams

DE A.J. Jefferson

LB Beniquez Brown

LB Richie Brown

LB Zach Jackson

CB Tolando Cleveland

CB Will Redmond

S Kivon Coman

S Deontay Evans

Second Team Offense

QB Nick Fitzgerald

RB Dontavian Lee

WR Donald Gray

WR Malik Dear

WR Kareem Vance Jr.

TE B.J. Hammond

LT Elgton Jenkins

LG Kent Flowers

C Jocquell Johnson

RG Deion Calhoun

RT Martinas Rankin

Second Team Defense

DE Will Coleman

DT Nick James

DT Cory Thomas

DE Torrey Dale

LB Quadry Antoine

LB Gerri Green

LB DeAndre Ward

CB Chris Rayford

CB Jamoral Graham

S Zak Neary

S Brandon Bryant

Third Team Offense

QB Josiah Phillips

RB Aeris Williams

WR Nate Gieb

WR Deshun Dixon

WR Javous Nicks

TE Shelby Christy

LT Cole Carter

LG Michael Story

C Nick Proby

RG Jake Thomas

RT Ronald Cochran

Third Team Defense

DE Grant Harris

DT Lawrence Brown

DT Braxton Hoyett

DE Johnathan Calvin

LB J.T. Gray

LB #10

LB Kelan Chairs

CB Brandon Davis

CB Boderick Oliver

S Cory Qualls

S #30

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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