Plays and players that stood out in Monday’s football practice

A few plays that stood out in yesterday’s football practice …

  • Evan Engram on a slant route had a nifty one-handed catch on a pass from Shea Patterson. It was a reminder of his athleticism. In spite of his slow start to the season Engram had 38 catches last year, the same number he had as a sophomore in 2014. His yards per catch were down with 12.2 last year compared to 17.4 as a sophomore. Freeze says Engram will be more involved in 2016.
  • One of the biggest hits of the day came from backup linebacker John Patrick Sherling.
  • Breeland Speaks had a tackle for loss against Eugene Brazley that almost separated head from body.
  • Later in the series DeMarquis Gates covered a lot of ground moving left to right to make a solo tackle against Brazley.
  • Redshirt freshman running back Eric Swinney announced his presence with two runs. On one he ran over free safety AJ Moore. For the sake of clarity, it wasn’t as though Swinney lowered a shoulder, stepped on Moore’s head and kept going. He did lower his shoulder, and while it was the end of the run for Swinney there was quite a noisy collision, and Moore ended up on his back. It was enough to get the offensive players jumping around and yelling.
  • Swinney’s second standout play came when he burst through a left-side hole, and once he got to the second level juked a back-up defensive back and found a clear path to the end zone.
  • Right after Swinney’s second run Shea Patterson connected with Derrick Jones for a long touchdown, covering 30-plus yards I’m guessing. Jones beat Kailo Moore on the play.

Denham Springs, La., native, Mississippian since 1989 with a stop in Meridian before arriving in Tupelo. Daily Journal beat writer since 1996, covering Ole Miss since 2002. Proud Northeast Louisiana alum. Follow me on Twitter @parrishalford and listen to John Davis and myself daily with The Ole Miss Beat on Rebel Sports Radio.

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