MSU Wraps Up Day of Open Practices

MSU’s only open practices are in the books after tonight’s second split-squad session. Not as much to report on Practice No. 2A of the preseason, but I have a few observations for you.

This group was a mix of starters, backups and freshmen. We got a first look at freshman athlete Brandon Holloway, who worked with the receivers and dropped at least four passes. He’s fast, so if he can just hold onto the ball, he could be a weapon at some point.

Speaking of mishandled footballs, backup center Dylan Holley had several low snaps to Dak Prescott. And speaking of Prescott, he had his accuracy issues at times but made some really nice throws. During 11-on-11 drills, he lobbed a couple of long sideline completions to Chris Smith, the second one getting the offense into the red zone.

Prescott got them in the end zone four plays later, with Nick Griffin running it in from a couple of yards out. Earlier during team drills, cornerback Taveze Calhoun had a near interception of Prescott. Also, Arceto Clark had one of his good-hands grabs on a deep ball during one-one-one work, and Jameon Lewis made some nice catches during both skeleton and team drills.

It’s hard, of course, to put most of this into any real context, because nobody was wearing pads, thus no tackling.

One more observation: From what we saw today, at least, Jamil Golden is the better quarterback than fellow walk-on Steven Swindle.

I got a little video of middle linebacker Ferlando Bohanna, which I’ll post early next week when my story on him and Benardrick McKinney runs in the paper.