Saturday practice notes

Redshirt freshman running back Aeris Williams had a touchdown run during the scrimmage portion of Saturday's practice. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Redshirt freshman running back Aeris Williams had a touchdown run during the scrimmage portion of Saturday’s practice. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Mississippi State held its second practice in preparation for the Belk Bowl on Saturday morning. I missed most of practice while working on the Gerri Green and DeAndre Ward arrest story. I did make it out in time for the scrimmage portion of practice which is the most entertaining part anyways.

Here are a few observations I jotted down in my notebook while I was out there.

Redshirt freshman running back Aeris Williams had a nice touchdown run.

Junior safety Deontay Evans batted down a pass by redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Fitzgerald.

Junior defensive tackle Nick James did not have on shoulder pads and did not participate in drills.

Former Tupelo and MSU wide receiver Chad Bumphis was on hand at practice.

The Bulldogs had a bunch of official visitors out at practice – four-star cornerback John Broussard, four-star defensive end Emmitt Gooden, three-star wide receiver Velus Jones Jr., unranked wide receiver Justin Mcinnis and commitments Drelan Porter, Lashard Durr, Dontea Jones, C.J. Morgan-Walker, Christian Roberson and Tre Brown.

Junior quarterback Damian Williams had an excellent completion to freshman tight end Justin Johnson across the middle.

As you saw in the video earlier, safeties coach Tony Hughes was back at practice.

Freshman wide receiver Deddrick Thomas had a great diving catch along the right sideline on a pass from freshman quarterback Nick Tiano.

Junior tight end Gus Walley and senior defensive end Ryan Brown were both there but obviously not dressed out after Dan Mullen‘s announcement on Friday that they would not play in the bowl due to injury.

Freshman wide receiver Keith Mixon made a one-handed grab along the left sideline on a pass from Williams.

Freshman cornerback Chris Stamps was back wearing a red jersey and did not participate in drills.

Freshman running back Nick Gibson attempted to leap over redshirt freshman safety Zak Neary but Neary upended Gibson on the play.

I saw senior long snapper Winston Chapman getting a few snaps in on another field while the scrimmage was going on. Chapman was not dressed out and was still wearing a brace on his left knee.

Redshirt freshman cornerback Chris Rayford jumped a route to intercept Tiano.

Redshirt freshman running back Dontavian Lee fumbled an option pitch by Tiano. Tiano recovered the fumble and took a shot from freshman linebacker Leo Lewis in the process.

Redshirt freshman safety Brandon Bryant missed the practice due to the death of his father last week in a motorcycle accident. Bryant is expected back next week.

Depth Chart

First team offense

QB Nick Fitzgerald

RB Aeris Williams

WR De’Runnya Wilson

WR Donald Gray

WR Jesse Jackson

TE Darrion Hutcherson

LT Rufus Warren

LG Justin Malone

C Jamaal Clayborn

RG Deion Calhoun

RT Justin Senior

First team defense

DE Will Coleman

DT Nelson Adams

DT Torrey Dale

DE Johnathan Calvin

LB DeAndre Ward

LB J.T. Gray

LB Gerri Green

CB Tolando Cleveland

CB Cedric Jiles

S Deontay Evans

S Kivon Coman

Second team offense

QB Damian Williams

RB Dontavian Lee

WR Deddrick Thomas

WR Keith Mixon

WR Jonnas Spivey

TE Justin Johnson

LT Martinas Rankin

LG Ronald Cochran

C Harrison Moon

RG Darryl Williams

RT Elgton Jenkins

Second team defense

DE Kendall Jones

DT Braxon Hoyett

DT Cory Thomas

DE Anfernee Mullins

LB Traver Jung

LB Tim Washington

LB Leo Lewis

CB Chris Rayford

CB Maurice Smitherman

S Mark McLaurin

S Jamal Peters

Third team offense

QB Nick Tiano

RB Alec Murphy

WR Javous Nicks

WR Kareem Vance Jr.

WR Malik Dear

TE Farrod Green

LT Cole Carter

LG Michael Story

C Nick Proby

RG Damien Robinson

RT Jocquell Johnson

Third team defense

DE Grant Harris

DT Fletcher Adams

DT Walk-on

DE Walk-on

LB Allen Perkins

LB Kelan Chairs

LB Josiah Phillips

CB Walk-on

CB Walk-on

S Zak Neary

S Walk-on

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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  • msneal100

    I guess the arrest story was very important.



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