Monday practice notes

Kendrick Market was back on the practice field for the first time since rupturing his Achilles during the Egg Bowl. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Kendrick Market was back on the practice field for the first time since rupturing his Achilles during the Egg Bowl. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Practice No. 1 at Mississippi State is in the books. The Bulldogs worked in shells and shorts on the first day. It was one of three practices this week that have the opening portions of practice open to the media.

My main objective today was to stockpile some photos of the 20 newcomers that were suiting up for the first time so I wasn’t paying as much attention to drills as a I normally do during bowl and spring practices but I’ll share the few notes I jotted down in my notebook.

For the first time that I can ever remember, nobody and I repeat nobody was in the injury pit.

All of the players that missed spring – senior safety Kendrick Market (Achilles), sophomore linebacker Dezmond Harris (knee) and senior cornerback Taveze Calhoun (foot) – was all practicing. Head coach Dan Mullen and Market himself would state after practice that he was limited but participated in every drill and moved well while I was out there.

Mullen also said that redshirt freshman quarterback Elijah Staley (knee) would also be limited along with redshirt freshman wide receiver Jesse Jackson (hamstring). Staley was still wearing a small brace on his right knee.

Former MSU safety Nickoe Whitley was on hand at practice.

Junior defensive tackle Chris Jones has switched to No. 98, the same jersey number he wore at Houston High School.

True freshman safety Mark McLaurin is quite the specimen. McLaurin is listed at 6-foot-2, 210-pounds but looks taller and thicker than that. He definitely looks the part and would be the first safety you’d want to exit the bus so to speak. If his skill level matches his physique then he could see the field early.

There was some concern whether or not sixth-year senior offensive tackle Damien Robinson could get through spring drills and would return for the fall. Well, he did and worked as the second team right tackle behind junior Justin Senior.

Senior quarterback Dak Prescott was sporting a clear visor on his facemask.

Junior linebacker Richie Brown looked a lot thicker. Brown is listed at 245-pounds. He got married during the offseason and his new wife – former MSU softball player Erin Nesbit – must be a good cook.

True freshman running back Nick Gibson is wearing the No. 21 jersey. That has happened a couple of times on practice jerseys during Mullen’s tenure but no one has worn it in a game since the late Keffer McGee.

Junior wide receiver De’Runnya Wilson looked a little sluggish adjusting to the hot temperatures. I don’t know that I’d worry too much about that because he’s never been the best practice player but always brings his A-game on Saturdays.

True freshman tight end Farrod Green practiced and was the last of the 2015 signees to enroll.

As far as a depth chart goes, the media was kicked out of practice before the team offense vs. defense periods began. All I was able to get was the first three teams of offense.

First Team:

QB Dak Prescott

RB Ashton Shumpert

WR De’Runnya Wilson

WR Fred Brown

WR Fred Ross

TE Gus Walley

LT Rufus Warren

LG Justin Malone

C Jamaal Clayborn

RG Devon Desper

RT Justin Senior

Second Team:

QB Nick Fitzgerald

RB Aeris Williams

WR Joe Morrow

WR Gabe Myles

WR Jesse Jackson

TE Darrion Hutcherson

LT Elgton Jenkins

LG Deion Calhoun

C Jocquell Johnson

RG Jake Thomas

RT Damien Robinson

Third Team:

QB Damian Williams

RB Alec Murphy

WR Deddrick Thomas

WR Malik Dear

WR Jonnas Spivey

TE B.J. Hammond

LT Cole Carter

LG Michael Story

C Nick Proby

RG Ronald Cochran

RT Martinas Rankin

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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