Friday practice notes

Junior cornerback Jamoral Graham made three interceptions during Friday's practice. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Junior cornerback Jamoral Graham made three interceptions during Friday’s practice. (Logan Lowery/ Daily Journal)

Friday was the final open football practice of the spring which means it will be my final notebook as well. The three scrimmages inside the stadium are still open so I will have updates from those.

I spent most of the early part of practice taking pictures but did jot down some notes during the scrimmage at the end.

Junior cornerback Jamoral Graham and senior safety Deontay Evans both had good days in the secondary with Graham getting three interceptions throughout the course of practice. Redshirt freshman defensive end Kendell Jones also made a pair of sacks which resulted in forced fumbles as well.

Redshirt freshman linebacker Leo Lewis tackles sophomore quarterback Nick Fitzgerald for a loss.

Senior defensive end A.J. Jefferson sacked Fitzgerald.

Sophomore defensive tackle Cory Thomas tackled sophomore running back Aeris Williams for a loss.

Graham’s most spectacular pick came during the scrimmage as he dove to intercept sophomore quarterback Elijah Staley.

Evans broke up a Staley pass.

Jones demolished redshirt freshman quarterback Nick Tiano off the edge. Not only did Jones get the sack but also forced a fumble which was recovered by junior linebacker Kelan Chairs.

Junior wide receiver Donald Gray sat out of the scrimmage wearing an ice bag on his right knee.

Senior center Jamaal Clayborn went down during the scrimmage. It looked like his right ankle got rolled up. He had an ice bag on it and was using a crutch to get around.

Senior defensive tackle Nick James sacked junior quarterback Damian Williams. James has had an excellent spring so far.

Sophomore linebacker Gerri Green did a few drills at defensive end today.

Junior linebacker Traver Jung made a great play to break up a Fitzgerald pass intended for redshirt freshman tight end Farrod Green.

Senior defensive end Johnathan Calvin sacked Fitzgerald.

Senior safety Kivon Coman tackled senior wide receiver Fred Brown for a loss.

Senior linebacker Richie Brown sacked Staley.

Today was the first day this spring that the Bulldogs showed their 4-3 look on defense.

Tiano rolled to his right and found redshirt freshman wide receiver Keith Mixon for a 65-yard touchdown pass.

Jones sacked Staley and jarred the ball loose again as well. This time he scooped it up himself for a touchdown.

Sophomore safety Jamal Peters was not at practice. I asked Dan Mullen afterwards where he was and was told Peters had a family matter come up.

Former Bulldogs Josh Robinson, Dak Prescott and Taveze Calhoun were at practice along with basketball player Reggie Patterson.

Senior running back Ashton Shumpert has had some good, strong runs up the middle this spring but the one he reeled off Friday was the best. Shumpert looked like a bulldozer plowing through tackle after tackle.

Junior defensive tackle Tre Brown made contact with Damian Williams’ arm during a pass attempt which caused an errant ball.



QB- Nick Fitzgerald

RB- Brandon Holloway

WR- Fred Brown

WR- Malik Dear

WR- Gabe Myles

TE- Justin Johnson

LT- Justin Senior

LG- Deion Calhoun

C- Jamaal Clayborn

RG- Devon Desper

RT- Martinas Rankin


DE- A.J. Jefferson

DT- Torrey Dale

DT- Nick James

DE- Will Coleman

LB- J.T Gray

LB- Richie Brown

LB- Leo Lewis

CB- Tolando Cleveland

CB- Cedric Jiles

S- Brandon Bryant

S- Kivon Coman


QB- Elijah Staley

RB- Aeris Williams

WR- Keith Mixon

WR- Deddrick Thomas

WR- Jesse Jackson

TE- Farrod Green

LT- Elgton Jenkins

LG- Michael Story

C- Harrison Moon

RG- Darryl Williams

RT- Jocquell Johnson


DE- Anfernee Mullins

DT- Cory Thomas

DT- Braxton Hoyett

DE- Fletcher Adams

LB- Tim Washington

LB- Gerri Green

LB- DeAndre Ward

CB- Lashard Durr

CB- Jamoral Graham

S- Deontay Evans

S- Mark McLaurin


QB- Nick Tiano

RB- Alec Murphy

WR- Jonnas Spivey

WR- Walk-on No. 16

WR- Walk-on No. 89

TE- Dontea Jones

LT- Lawrence Brown

LG- Rodney Lacy

C- Brett Armour

RG- Ronald Cochran

RT- Evans Wilkerson


DE- Kendell Jones

DT- Tre Brown

DT- Walk-on No. 93

DE- Grant Harris

LB- Traver Jung

LB- Kelan Chairs

LB- Josiah Phillips

CB- Maurice Smitherman

CB- Chris Stamps

S- C.J. Morgan-Walker

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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