Wednesday Practice Notes

Calvin Wilson moved one more step closer to active status Wednesday as the freshman offensive lineman got to wear a Maroon jersey at practice for the first time since arriving at Mississippi State.

The rookie, who has been limited in his early college career by a June knee injury, wore the color granted only to first-teammers or selected backups expected to play. This was new for Wilson, who had been working in second-team green since being cleared for full-contact practices.

Wilson practiced at his anticipated position of right tackle, and this day took more turns with some of the starting blockers. Coach Sylvester Croom has been indicating for the last two weeks that as soon as Wilson is able to contribute he will play. Any notions of redshirting the 360-pound rookie ended once a nagging nerve causing pain in his repaired knee became well enough for him to participate in all drills.

The need for Wilson is all the more now that junior James Redmond is out for at least two weeks with a strained knee. Redmond hurt the joint at Auburn, his first action of 2005 and only four weeks after a lower-back disc operation. With Redmond out again temporarily State could still stick with a three-tackle rotation of starters Brian Anderson (left) and Avery House (right) and freshman Michael Gates subbing in at left so Anderson can swing to the other end.

Wilson would presumably give State four tackles to count on. Also, since this weekend's game at Tulane is a non-conference contest, MSU is not restricted to just 70 dressed players as at Auburn and there is room on the roster for Wilson anyway.

Wednesday's practice saw one other depth-chart move on offense, though in the other direction. Starting split end Tee Milons was in a green jersey this day, not his usual Maroon. Tay Bowser, Keon Humphries, Will Prosser and Aubrey Bell were in first-team Maroon.

The tight end position was in somewhat better shape at midweek as Eric Butler wore Maroon again instead of the red-cross shirt for players too hurt to practice. Butler wore a boot on his right leg the first two days. However, co-starter Jason Husband is still in a red cross with a hurt shoulder and is questionable for Saturday.

Halfback Jerious Norwood was also 'promoted' from red cross to no-contact yellow as his bruised left shoulder should be in good enough condition for action this weekend.

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