Thursday practice notes

Senior defensive tackle Nick James had a strong showing in Thursday's practice. (Logan Lowery/  Daily Journal)

Senior defensive tackle Nick James had a strong showing in Thursday’s practice. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Thursday’s practice was Mississippi State’s third this spring and first in pads. It is also the next to last day practice will be open to the public. Dan Mullen had a change of heart and decided to close the remainder of spring practices beginning next week. The Bulldogs’ three scrimmages inside the stadium will still be open.

Here are a few notes I jotted down in my notebook while I was at practice…

The defense had a really strong did and did a lot of blitzing from many different places. The defense once again worked out of the 3-4.

I thought that senior defensive tackle Nick James, junior linebacker J.T. Gray and senior linebacker DeAndre Ward really stood out on the day.

During 7-on-7 drills, senior viper Will Coleman intercepted sophomore quarterback Elijah Staley.

Redshirt freshman cornerback Chris Stamps broke up a pass from junior quarterback Damian Williams.

Sophomore quarterback Nick Fitzgerald had a good looking 45-yard completion to junior wide receiver Donald Gray.

Fitzgerald also completed a pass to sophomore tight end Justin Johnson, who made a one-handed snag along the right sideline.

Junior cornerback Jamoral Graham participated in practice. Graham tweeted that he was thinking about transferring earlier in the afternoon but later deleted those tweets.

During pass skeleton, Williams threw a pass to junior wide receiver Gabe Myles. Myles bobbled the ball as did a defender but true freshman tight end Dontea Jones was able to make a diving catch before the ball hit the ground.

Tight end Darrion Hutcherson was the only former player I saw at practice.

During the scrimmage, senior running back Ashton Shumpert had a tough run right up the gut and broke a few tackles along the way.

J.T. Gray tackled Fitzgerald for a loss.

James seemed to live in the backfield all afternoon, getting quarterback hurry after quarterback hurry.

Williams found redshirt freshman tight end Farrod Green over the middle for a 25-yard gain.

It was a tough day at the office for redshirt freshman center Harrison Moon. Moon had several high snaps on the day. One of his errant snaps sailed way over Williams’ head and was recovered in the end zone by Ward.

Williams connected with redshirt freshman wide receiver Deddrick Thomas for a 35-yard gain.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Allen Perkins sacked Williams.

J.T. Gray tackled sophomore running back Dontavian Lee for a loss.

Sophomore safety Jamal Peters blitzed off the edge and sacked redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Tiano.

Ward also sacked Tiano.

Junior linebacker Kelan Chairs broke up a Staley pass.

Senior safety Kivon Coman tackled Shumpert in the backfield after he had scooped up a bad snap by senior center Jamaal Clayborn.

On the very next play, Coman broke up a flea flicker pass by Tiano.

James tackled Shumpert for a loss.

Ward stopped Lee for a loss.

Fitzgerald hit a wide open junior tight end Aaron Hamaker for a 35-yard gain over the middle.



QB- Damian Williams

RB- Brandon Holloway

WR- Donald Gray

WR- Malik Dear

WR- Fred Brown

TE- Justin Johnson

LT- Justin Senior

LG- Deion Calhoun

C- Jamaal Clayborn

RG- Devon Desper

RT- Martinas Rankin


DE- Torrey Dale

DT- Nick James

DE- A.J. Jefferson

LB- J.T. Gray

LB- Richie Brown

LB- Leo Lewis

LB- Will Coleman

CB- Tolando Cleveland

CB- Cedric Jiles

S- Brandon Bryant

S- Kivon Coman


QB- Elijah Staley

RB- Aeris Williams

WR- Gabe Myles

WR- Deddrick Thomas

WR- Jesse Jackson

TE- Aaron Hamaker

LT- Elgton Jenkins

LG- Ronald Cochran

C- Harrison Moon

RG- Darryl Williams

RT- Jocquell Johnson


DE- Cory Thomas

DT- Nelson Adams

DE- Johnathan Calvin

LB- Traver Jung

LB- Tim Washington

LB- Gerri Green

LB- DeAndre Ward

CB- Maurice Smitherman

CB- Chris Rayford

S- Jamal Peters

S- Mark McLaurin


QB- Nick Tiano

RB- Nick Gibson

WR- Jonnas Spivey

WR- Keith Mixon

WR- Walk-on No. 16

TE- Christian Roberson

LT- Lawrence Brown

LG- Rodney Lacy

C- Brett Armour

RG- Michael Story

RT- Evans Wilkerson


DE- Grant Harris

DT- Braxton Hoyett

DE- Fletcher Adams

LB- Allen Perkins

LB- Josiah Phillips

LB- Kelan Chairs

LB- Anfernee Mullins

CB- Chris Stamps

CB- Jamoral Graham

S- Deontay Evans

S- C.J. Morgan-Walker

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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