Morning Practice Shows Offensive Line Shake-Up

It didn't take long for major moves to be made in the aftermath of Mississippi State's first preseason scrimmage. Monday morning revealed an offensive line with three starters who opened the Saturday scrimmage, and just one of those in the same position.

The #1 front at the opening of the Monday morning session found left tackle Brian Anderson now lined up at the right tackle position, which has by-far been the spot of most concern on the offensive line. Anderson, an all-SEC guard in preseason voting, began camp at left tackle because nobody could get the job done satisfactorily in spring training.

Now the junior swaps ends of the line. Saturday starter Avery House is now running third team behind Roland Terry, the #2 right tackle for the moment. Whether Anderson stays here or not likely depends on how quickly, or if, freshman Calvin Wilson can get his knee healthy. Wilson, and junior James Redmond, are both in red-cross jerseys this morning.

With Anderson moving, freshman Michael Gates--who had practiced at right tackle before spraining an ankle last week--now is #1 left tackle, ahead of freshman Chris Spencer. Fellow frosh tackle Craig Jenkins is in a red-cross after banging his knee in the scrimmage.

Veteran Johnny Wadley has changed sides, going from the left guard spot he's run all camp to right guard. Redshirt Anthony Strauder was demoted from the first to the second unit this morning. Taking Wadley's place is freshman Anthony Dunning, who scrimmaged Saturday after spending a couple of days in a red-cross with a shoulder injury.

Only center Chris McNeil is right where he has been all camp. He is backed by Royce Blackledge and third-teammer Dio Herrera, who has worked as a backup guard also. The second right guard is freshman Johnny Carpenter.

Morning practice was to conclude around 9:40, when Croom would comment on these moves and any other changes resulting from the scrimmage.


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