Mississippi State split up the squad today, with the morning session made up mostly of starters and newcomers. I couldn't make it to that session, but I checked out the evening work. So here are some highlights.
• Third-year sophomore QB Tyler Russell was essentially the No. 1 guy tonight, working alongside Dylan Favre. Russell was awfully good; by my count, he threw only five bad passes, and most of those could have been caught. Favre wasn't nearly as sharp, although he did make some nice plays from time to time.
From basic passing drills to ladder drills to hurry-up drills to 2-minute drills, Russell made all sorts of throws. That's the topic of my update for tomorrow's Journal, so check it out.
"I think I did a good job, I just need to work on a little bit more of my footwork and sliding right or left, or up or back, to get that little window to check it down," Russell said.
Russell was nearly intercepted by Jay Hughes during hurry-up drills.
• The practice ended with two-minute work – actually they put 1:45 on the clock – with Russell and Favre each getting a shot. The defense made fourth-down stops each time, with Favre's unit going four-and-out (Russell got his offense well past the 50).
• I saw some nice catches made by Michael Carr, Brandon Hill and Chris Smith.
• Linebacker Chris Hughes, a projected starter, was heavily favoring his left leg after diving for an interception (which he didn't make). After the trainers tended to him for a few minutes, he was back on the field. Not sure what the exact issue was.
• Some good defensive plays were made by linebacker Ferlando Bohanna (in pass coverage) and defensive lineman Corvell Harrison-Gay, who had two sacks. Cornerback Jamerson Love also had a nice leaping pass break-up on third down during the 2-minute drill.
• Tomorrow's split practices are at 8:45 a.m. and 2:45 p.m. It's the last day practices will be open to the public.