Wednesday practice notes

Mississippi State freshman defensive end Anfernee Mullins works with defensive line coach David Turner during Wednesday's practice. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Mississippi State freshman defensive end Anfernee Mullins works with defensive line coach David Turner during Wednesday’s practice. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Today was the first day Mississippi State has donned shoulder pads and will upgrade to full pads on Friday.

It was the second of three practices the media were allowed to watch. We were able to observe the first nine periods which consisted on mostly individual position drills and one punt team session.

Here are a few notes I jotted down while I was out there. As promised Monday, I got a depth chart from the defensive side of the ball and included it at the bottom.

True freshman defensive end Anfernee Mullins has added a lot of size since he signed and is listed at 6-foot-3, 259-pounds but looks even bigger. I imagine he will continue to grow the more he is in an organized weight program. Mullins is from my neck of the woods so I’m interested in following his career.

You never know who you’ll see when you come out to one of MSU’s practices. Today it was former N.C. State head coach and current Akron defensive coordinator Chuck Amato. I was told Amato spent the day with Dan Mullen and was there to observe practice.

Since the team was in shoulder pads for the first time, the first drill they did after stretching was some Oklahoma drills. Most of the match-ups were pretty even but three were total mismatches. True freshman running back Keith Mixon absolutely demolished sophomore cornerback Jamoral Graham, true freshman center Darryl Williams pancaked true freshman defensive tackle Fletcher Adams and true freshman safety Mark McLaurin beat junior running back Brandon Holloway.

Working at punt returner today were junior Fred Ross, senior Will Redmond and sophomore Donald Gray.

Senior Devon Bell and sophomore Logan Cooke both boomed several punts but also both shanked one each too.

True freshman Justin Johnson was a high school wide receiver but is working with the tight ends. Already at 6-foot-3, 229-pounds, I think that was a great move and one that could pay off like it did for Malcolm Johnson in the end.

Showers started at the end of practice and we were told that the wide receivers stayed behind in order to catch footballs from the Juggs machine out in the rain.

Friday’s practice will be the final one open to the media for the remainder of the regular season.

Depth Chart:

First team:

DE A.J. Jefferson

DT Chris Jones

DT Nick James

DE Ryan Brown

LB Zach Jackson

LB Richie Brown

LB Beniquez Brown

CB Taveze Calhoun

CB Will Redmond

S Kivon Coman

S Kendrick Market

Second team:

DE Will Coleman

DT Braxton Hoyett

DT Nelson Adams

DE Torrey Dale

LB J.T. Gray

LB Gerri Greene

LB Dezmond Harris

CB Tolando Cleveland

CB Jamoral Graham

S Brandon Bryant

S Deontay Evans

Third team:

DE Grant Harris

DT Lawrence Brown

DT Cory Thomas

DE Johnathan Calvin

LB DeAndre Ward

LB Kelan Chairs

LB Tim Washington

CB Cedric Jiles

CB Chris Rayford

S Mark McLaurin

S Jamal Peters

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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