Tuesday practice notes

Senior running back Brandon Holloway had a strong spring practice on Tuesday after a 13-day layoff. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Senior running back Brandon Holloway had a strong spring practice on Tuesday after a 13-day layoff. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Mississippi State held its second spring practice on Tuesday in helmets, t-shirts and shorts. I missed the first hour or so of practice while writing up Malik Newman‘s decision to enter the NBA Draft but was able to make it in time for 7-on-7 and the scrimmage at the end.

Here are a few notes I jotted down in my notebook while I was out there…

Senior running back Brandon Holloway had a really good day. Holloway had a pair of runs that went for 20 and 30 yards and did a nice job of making one cut then turning up field. He’s always been fast but seemed to have even more burst today.

Redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Tiano showed some nice mobility in the pocket and looked comfortable throwing on the run.

Senior wide receiver Fred Ross was at practice on crutches. As I mentioned last time, Ross will miss all of spring after having surgery on his groin.

Sophomore running back Dontavian Lee has switched from No. 33 to No. 28.

Former Bulldogs Dak Prescott and Rufus Warren were at practice.

During the scrimmage portion of practice, senior defensive end Johnathan Calvin batted down a pass by sophomore quarterback Nick Fitzgerald.

Senior running back Ashton Shumpert had a nice hard run up the gut and breaking several tackles.

Senior cornerback Cedric Jiles broke up a Fitzgerald pass.

Tiano connected with sophomore running back Aeris Williams on a screen pass that went for 20-yards.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Tim Washington tackled Williams for a loss.

Tiano found sophomore wide receiver Jesse Jackson wide open down the right sideline on a play that went for 40-plus yards.

Junior quarterback Damian Williams hit sophomore wide receiver Malik Dear on a slant route for a 20-yard gain.

Senior linebacker DeAndre Ward sacked Fitzgerald.

Senior defensive tackle Torrey Dale had a scoop and score on a fumbled snap.

Redshirt freshman running back Alec Murphy had a great 25-yard rush right up the middle.

Junior linebacker Dezmond Harris was limited in practice and likely will be all spring. I talked with him after practice and he told me that he had been cleared but wasn’t rushing back this spring as a precaution after suffering his second left ACL tear in two years last season.

Senior defensive end Will Coleman recovered a fumbled snap.

Senior safety Kivon Coman tackled sophomore tight end Justin Johnson for a loss on a screen pass.

Junior linebacker Traver Jung sacked Damian Williams.

Senior defensive tackle Nick James sacked Damian Williams.

Senior defensive end A.J. Jefferson tackled Aeris Williams for a loss.

Tiano was intercepted by junior linebacker Kelan Chairs.

For the second straight practice, MSU worked mostly in a 3-4 look on defense.

On offense, the Bulldogs spent most of Tuesday working out of a pro set with two backs on each side of the quarterback.

Depth Chart

1st Team Offense

QB: Damian Williams

RB: Brandon Holloway

WR: Fred Brown

WR: Donald Gray

WR: Deddrick Thomas

TE: Justin Johnson

LT: Jusitn Senior

LG: Deion Calhoun

C: Jamaal Clayborn

RG: Devon Desper

RT: Martinas Rankin

1st Team Defense

DE: Cory Thomas

DT: Nelson Adams

DE: Johnathan Calvin

LB: Leo Lewis

LB: Richie Brown

LB: J.T. Gray

LB: Will Coleman

CB: Tolando Cleveland

CB: Cedric Jiles

S: Kivon Coman

S: Brandon Bryant

2nd Team Offense

QB: Nick Tiano

RB: Dontavian Lee

WR: Gabe Myles

WR: Malik Dear

WR: Jesse Jackson

TE: Christian Roberson

LT: Jocquell Johnson

LG: Ronald Cochran

C: Harrison Moon

RG: Darryl Williams

RT: Elgton Jenkins

2nd Team Defense

DE: Torrey Dale

DT: Nick James

DE: A.J. Jefferson

LB: Traver Jung

LB: Tim Washington

LB: Gerri Green

LB: DeAndre Ward

CB: Lashard Durr

CB: Jamoral Graham

S: Mark McLaurin

S: Jamal Peters

3rd Team Offense

QB: Nick Fitzgerald

RB: Nick Gibson

WR: Jonnas Spivey

WR: Keith Mixon

WR: Walk-on No. 16

TE: Aaron Hamaker

LT: Lawrence Brown

LG: Rodney Lacy

C: Brett Armour

RG: Walk-on No. 77

RT: Evans Wilkerson

3rd Team Defense

DE: Kendell Jones

DT: Tre Brown

DE: Braxton Hoyett

LB: Josiah Phillips

LB: Kelan Chairs

LB: Anfernee Mullins

LB: Walk-on No. 58

CB: Chris Rayford

CB: Maurice Smitherman

S: Deontay Evans

S: Zak Neary

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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