The first of two open practices was held this morning. MSU is doing split-squad work, with the second session set for 7 p.m. We spoke with a bunch of folks afterward, and I’ll link up some videos later on. For now, some highlights.
• Starting right guard Tobias Smith, who’s recovering from a knee injury, spoke with us. He was limited, participating in position drills drills but not in 11-on-11 team work. Smith said he feels fine and expects to be ready for the season opener.
“Late summer I started to feel pretty good, and now I’m just limited in some things, but when it comes time to get back in the swing of things, the full swing, they’ll have me in there where I can get ready to go before it’s time,” Smith said.
• Safety Nickoe Whitley, who ruptured his Achilles’ tendon late last season, was running around like a fully healthy player. He intercepted a tipped pass and generally played well.
• Cornerback Corey Broomfield was on the sideline in a red jersey and did not participate today.
• Tyler Russell and walk-on Jamil Golden were the quarterbacks this morning, and both looked strong. Russell was accurate on the whole, but the defensive backs made a lot of good plays even on well-thrown balls. Golden joined up over the summer, and if nothing else, he’s athletic and throws a decent ball. He hit Sam Williams on the last play of team drills for a touchdown; it was a nice arcing throw over Jiles.
• Joe Morrow, a redshirt freshman expected to get it done downfield this year, had a very nice day. On one play, a Russell pass was deflected by Johnthan Banks in the end zone, but Morrow caught it for the TD.
• Freshman cornerbacks Cedric Jiles and Will Redmond looked good, and Russell spoke well of them after practice.