A few offensive Bulldogs should be grateful for that. Or maybe, a little less show-offy than they were Tuesday. Knowing they couldn’t yet be tackled there were some instances of extra spin-moves in front of defenders, or a little added showboating with the ball after runs and catches and such. Soon enough, the tackling team will be cleared to make their own moves.
For this third day nearly a half-dozen Bulldogs were still held out of any work at all. They were QB Damian Williams, WR De’Runnya Wilson, CB Taveze Calhoun, S Kendrick Market, and LB Dezmond Harris. After finishing their rehab assignments though all were turned loose to watch 11-on-11 work and even assist in advising their cohorts after plays. #2 quarterback Williams, recovering with reportedly a small tear to a pectoral muscle, was clearly itching to get into action again the way he stood behind the offense with helmet in hand.
There have been no major position moves by varsity Dogs since camp began. Though one walk-on, Josiah Phillips, has switched from reserve quarterback to linebacker where he’s running on the third unit at an outside slot.
With more 11-man lineups working, our unofficial depth chart has been adjusted as follows. Fans familiar with MSU's offense will not be surprised to see shifts from side to side, or slot to slot, by the versatile wide receiver group. In fact, running backs Aeris Williams and Dontavian Lee took about as many snaps as split ends as at their named positions. And while one is listed in front of the other, the two redshirt backs are really equal in status.
RIGHT TACKLE Justin Senior, Damien Robinson, Martinas Rankin, Ronald Cochran
RIGHT GUARD Devon Desper, Deion Calhoun, Jake Thomas
CENTER Jamaal Clayborn, Jocquell Johnson, Nick Proby
LEFT GUARD Justin Malone, Kent Flowers, Michael Story
LEFT TACKLE Rufus Warren, Cole Carter, Elgton Jenkins
TIGHT ENDS (Slot or Tight) Gus Walley, Darrion Hutcherson, B.J. Hammond, Rashun Dixon, Aaron Hammaker
SLOT SPLIT END Fred Ross, Gabe Myles, Shelby Christy, Malik Dear
WIDE RECEIVER (Slot Side) Fred Brown, Donald Gray, Javous Nicks
SPLIT END (Tight End Side) Joe Morrow, Jesse Jackson, Deddrick Thomas, Kareem Vance
QUARTERBACK Dak Prescott, Nick Fitzgerald, Elijah Staley, Nate Gieb (Damian Williams sidelined)
RUNNING BACK Ashton Shumpert, Brandon Holloway, Aeris Williams, Dontavian Lee
LEFT DEFENSIVE END Ryan Brown, Will Coleman, Grant Harris
LEFT TACKLE Chris Jones, Nick James, Lawrence Brown
RIGHT TACKLE Nelson Adams, Cory Thomas, Braxton Hoyette
RIGHT DEFENSIVE END A.J. Jefferson, Torrey Dale, Jonathan Calvin, #92
MIDDLE LINEBACKER Richie Brown, Gerri Green, Kelan Chairs
OUTSIDE LINEBACKER Beniquez Brown, J.T. Gray, Quadry Antoine (sidelined Dezmond Harris)
OUTSIDE LINEBACKER Zach Jackson, Deandre Ward, Josiah Phillips
SAFETY Deontay Evans, Jahmere Irvin-Sills, Zak Neary (sidelined Kendrick Market)
SAFETY Kivon Coman, Brandon Bryant, #36
LEFT CORNERBACK Will Redmond, Chris Rayford, Boderick Oliver
CORNERBACK Tolando Cleveland, Cedric Jiles, Jamoral Graham, Brandon Davis (sidelined Taveze Calhoun)
Mississippi State has two more practices this week, Thursday afternoon (weather permitting) and late Saturday morning.