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Mullen, Staff Split Squad for Annual Event; Starters Expected to See Minimal Snaps and Risk

The rosters are set for Saturday’s 3:00 Maroon-White Game matchup. And matching up is the tricky task for Coach Dan Mullen, especially so here in 2017 with a couple of smaller-than-usual units at the key offensive positions.

Starting quarterback Nick Fitzgerald has been assigned to the Maroon team. This essentially means after Fitzgerald takes his handful scripted turns and retires to sideline safety, second-year walkon Logan Burnett has the offense. And, will be matching plays with true spring freshman Keytaon Thompson.

Senior running backs Aeris Williams and Dontavian Lee have also been separated. Though, having rising soph Nick Gibson on the Maroon side offers an advantage there.

It is entirely likely as well that some leading players will not take a snap at all. There is nothing left for WR Donald Gray to prove in his senior spring game, after all. This would also offer younger wideouts still shuffling for summer depth chart status to get just a few more scrimmage chances.

The rosters do not designate injuries, a topic Mullen has said he will address after spring camp concludes. It is known a number will not play at all based on being held out all camp already—linemen Deion Calhoun and Elgton Jenkins top that list along with WR Jesse Jackson and RB Alec Murphy, and CB Tolando Cleveland.

Others missing action will have been hurt during spring practices or scrimmages, including a pair of top-team receivers. None have been confirmed by MSU to local media, but it is expected the TV broadcast crew will be so briefed.

 

MAROON TEAM

2 Logan Burnett  QB  6-2 186 Fr.  RS  Pelham, Ala. (Bessemer Academy)

3 Traver Jung LB 6-4 229 Sr.  1L Greenville, Miss. (Holmes CC)

5 Gabe Myles WR 6-0 192 Sr. 3L Starkville, Miss. (Starkville)

6 Maurice Smitherman  DB 5-10 190 So.  1L  Adamsville, Ala. (Minor)

7 Tolando Cleveland DB 6-0 194 Sr. 3L Powder Springs, Ga. (Hillgrove)

7 Nick Fitzgerald  QB 6-5 230 Jr.  2L Richmond Hill, Ga. (Richmond Hill) 

12  J.T. Gray  DB 6-0 202 Sr.  3L Clarksdale, Miss. (Clarksdale)

14 Jamal Couch  WR 6-4 230 So.  1L Phenix City, Ala. (Central)

18  Deddrick Thomas   WR  5-9 185 So.  1L Memphis, Tenn. (Memphis Central)

19  Tyler Williams DB 6-2 172 Fr.  HS  Oxford, Miss. (Lafayette)

21 Nick Gibson  RB  5-11 211 So.  1L  Birmingham, Ala. (Pinson Valley)

22 Malik Dear    WR  5-9 224 Jr.  2L  Jackson, Miss. (Murrah)

23 Keith Mixon  WR 5-8 184 So.  1L Birmingham, Ala. (Shades Valley School)

23 Allen Perkins  ATH  6-0 215 So. SQ Pelham, Ala. (Oak Mountain)

24 Chris Rayford  DB  6-0 199 Jr.   2L Byhalia, Miss. (Byhalia)

25  Heath Brundege  K  5-9 170 So.  RS Madison, Miss. (Mississippi Delta CC)

26 Alec Murphy  RB 6-0 230 So.  SQ  Nixa, Mo. (Nixa)

27 Aeris Williams  RB  6-1 217 Jr.  2L West Point, Miss. (West Point)

28  Jaquarius Landrews DB  6-0 198 Jr.  JC  Summit, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln CC)

29 C.J. Morgan DB  6-0 202 RFr.  RS Bossier City, La. (Parkway)

32  Bennie Braswell III  RB  5-9 176 Sr.  SQ Olive Branch, Miss. (Olive Branch)

42 Kody Schexnayder  P 5-10 197 So.  1L River Ridge, La. (John Curtis)

43 Brad Wall  K/P 5-8 175 So.  1L Ocean Springs, Miss. (Ocean Springs)

44 Wyatt Powell  WR 5-9 192 So. SQ Ridgeland, Miss. (Jackson Academy)

45 Josiah Phillips  LB 6-4 242 Jr.  SQ Starkville, Miss. (Home School)

48 Chris Redmon  RB  6-0 220 RFr.  RS  Fayetteville, Ark. (Fayetteville)

50  Kobe Jones  DL  6-4 270 RFr.  RS  Starkville, Miss. (Starkville)

55  Martinas Rankin OL  6-5 305 Sr.  1L Mendenhall, Miss. (Miss. Gulf Coast CC)

58  Stewart Reese  OL  6-5 333 RFr.  RS  Fort Pierce, Fla. (Fort Pierce Central)

 59 Dareuan Parker OL  6-4 320 RFr.  RS  Olive Branch, Miss. (DeSoto Central)

66  Joel Baldwin  SN 6-3 219 Jr.  SQ Tupelo, Miss. (Tupelo)

72 Ronald Cochran  OL  6-4 310 Jr.  SQ Olive Branch, Miss. (Olive Branch) 

73 Darryl Williams  OL  6-2 305 So.  SQ Bessemer, Ala. (Bessemer City)

74  Elgton Jenkins  OL  6-4 308 Jr.  2L  Clarksdale, Miss. (Clarksdale)

76 Blake Mitchell  OL  6-0 300 RFr.  RS  Brentwood, Tenn. (Ensworth)

77 Jawon Johnson  OL 6-2 305 Jr.  RS Crawford, Miss. (East Mississippi CC)

78 Greg Eiland  OL  6-8 319 RFr.  RS  Philadelphia, Miss. (Philadelphia)

82 Farrod Green  TE  6-3 239 So.  1L  Wesson, Miss. (Wesson Attendance Center)

84  Korey Charles  DB  5-10 179 RFr.  RS Miami, Fla. (North Florida Christian)

84 Dontea Jones  TE  6-4 232 RFr.  RS McCool, Miss. (Jireh (N.C.) Prep)

85 Travis O’Connor  WR 6-1 190 Fr.  RS  Kenner, La. (John Curtis)

88 Aaron Hamaker  TE 6-4 280 Jr.  SQ Little Rock, Ark. (Catholic)

89  Tristan Pisacane  WR 5-9  180 Fr.  RS  Franklin, Tenn. (Centennial)

90  Grant Harris  DL 6-3 285 Jr.  SQ Bolton, Miss. (Clinton)

92  Montez Sweat  DL  6-6 241 Jr.  JC  Stone Mountain, Ga. (Copiah-Lincoln CC)

93  Chauncey Rivers  DL  6-3 284 Jr.  JC  Stone Mountain, Ga. (East Mississippi CC)

95  Braxton Hoyett  DL 6-3 303 Jr.  1L Pelham, Ala. (Pelham)

96  Tre Brown  DL  6-4 303 Jr.  RS Ackerman, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln CC

 

 

WHITE TEAM

1 Brandon Bryant  DB 6-0 213 Jr.  2L Tunica, Miss. (Rosa Fort)

2 Jamal Peters  DB 6-2 218 Jr.  2L  Bassfield, Miss. (Bassfield)

4 Gerri Green  LB  6-4 245 Jr.   2L Greenville, Miss. (Greenville Weston)

6  Donald Gray   WR  5-10 204 Sr.  2L Memphis, Tenn. (Copiah-Lincoln CC)

10  Keytaon Thompson QB 6-4 222 Fr.  HS  New Orleans, La. (Landry-Walker)

13 Cameron Dantzler  DB  6-2 174 RFr.  RS Hammond, La. (St. Thomas Aquinas)

20 Reggie Todd  WR  6-4 204 RFr.  RS Mobile, Ala. (Blount)

25 Lashard Durr  DB 5-11 195 Sr.  1L Gulfport, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln CC)

26 Alec Murphy  RB 6-0 230 So.  SQ  Nixa, Mo. (Nixa)

26 Hayes Walker  DB 5-11 196 Jr. SQ Jackson, Miss. (Jackson Academy)

27 John Scifers K  6-1 180 Fr.  RS Euharlee, Ga. (Woodland)

30  Chris Stamps  DB 6-0 182 So.  SQ  Vicksburg, Miss. (Warren Central)

32 Brian Cole  DB  6-2 203 Jr.  JC  Saginaw, Mich. (East. Mississippi CC)

33 Dontavian Lee  RB  6-1 235 Jr.  2L Hattiesburg, Miss. (Forrest County Agricultural)

34 Cory Thomas  DL 6-5 303 Jr.  2L Bessemer, Ala. (McAdory)

35  Aaron Garrett  K 5-11 200 Jr.  JC Decatur, Miss. (East Central CC)

38 Johnathan Abram  DB  6-0 214 Jr.  JC Columbia, Miss. (Jones County JC)

40 Erroll Thompson  LB  6-1 250 RFr.  RS  Florence, Ala. (Florence)

 41 Mark McLaurin  DB 6-2 215 Jr.  2L Collins, Miss. (Collins)

42 Marquiss Spencer  DL  6-4 271  So.  1L  Greenwood, Miss. (Greenwood)

43  Fletcher Adams  DL  6-2 270 So.  1L Brandon, Miss. (Brandon)

43 Logan Cooke  P/K  6-5  228 Sr.  3L Darbun, Miss. (Columbia Academy)

44 Leo Lewis  LB  6-2 235 So.  1L Brookhaven, Miss. (Brookhaven)

45 Jace Christmann  K/P 6-1 189 RFr.  RS  Houston, Texas (Memorial)

46 Dez Harris LB 6-4 243 Sr. 3L Bessemer, Ala. (McAdory)

49  Stephen Adegoke WR 6-0 211 Jr.  RS Snellville, Ga. (San Diego Mesa College)

50  Tim Washington  LB 6-3 231 So.  1L Yazoo City, Miss. (Yazoo City)

53 Hunter Bradley  SN 6-3 230  Sr.  2L Collierville, Tenn. (Collierville)

54 Cameron Miller  ATH  6-1 208 RFr.  RS  Odessa, Fla. (Sickles)

55 Nathan Swanson  SN 6-5 220  RFr.  RS  Norcross, Ga. (Norcross)

58  Tommy Champion      OL  6-5 330 Jr.  JC  Jackson, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln CC)

61  Deion Calhoun  OL  6-3 315 Jr.  2L Pleasant Grove, Ala. (Restoration Academy)

65  Brett Armour  OL 6-1 279 So. SQ Brighton, Tenn. (Brighton)

67  Michael Story OL  6-4 305 So.  1L Ripley, Miss. (Ripley)

68  Tyre Phillips  OL  6-5 355 Jr.  JC  Grenada, Miss. (East Mississippi CC)

75 Harrison Moon  OL 6-5 290 So.  1L Chattanooga, Tenn. (Signal Mountain)

79 Evans Wilkerson  OL  6-5 309 So.  SQ Ridgeland, Miss. (Jackson Academy)

80 Christian Roberson  TE  6-5 241 RFr.  RS  Atlanta, Ga. (McEachern)

81 Justin Johnson  TE 6-3 243 Jr.  2L  Birmingham, Ala. (Hoover)

83 Jordan Thomas  TE  6-5 284 Sr. 1L Sumrall, Miss. (East Central CC)

85  Austin Williams WR 6-3 208 Fr.  HS  Ocean Springs, Miss. (Ocean Springs)

86  Jesse Jackson  WR 6-2 213 Jr.  2L  Petal, Miss. (Petal)

87  Osirus Mitchell  WR  6-4 210 RFr.  RS  Sarasota, Fla. (Booker)

88  Deion Pope DL  6-4 304  Jr.  JC  Collins, Miss. (Copiah-Lincoln CC)

91  James Jackson DL 6-3 339 Fr.  HS  Pascagoula, Miss. (Pascagoula)

92  Kendell Jones DL 6-4 281 So.  SQ  Pinson, Ala. (Clay-Chalkville)

97 Lee Autry  DL  6-2 315 Jr.  JC  Albemarle, N.C. (Itawamba CC)

98  Jeffery Simmons  DL  6-4 307 So.  1L  Macon, Miss. (Noxubee County)


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