April 8, 2017 1:32:59 PM
Keep hitting refresh on this page as updates, analysis and more will continue to pile in - plus some pregame thoughts that I posted before kickoff.
Looking forward to hearing all of your thoughts on Twitter, so don't hold back on my mentions: @Brett_Hudson. Promise I'll respond to at least 50 percent of the tweets I get.
- Guys that impressed me: Cameron Dantzler, Brian Cole, Reggie Todd,
- I'm curious to learn more about this Jesse Jackson guy. Early enrollee true freshman wideout got used some in a sweep kind of role, even got a carry.
- I'm also going into the offseason wondering if linebacker will be a strength for this team given the depth the scrimmage suggests it has.
- Once more, like what I saw in the defensive line.
- Keytaon Thompson: 4-15, 47 yards. Credit Reggie Todd as the target of 7 of those passes.
- Nick Fitzgerald: 14-27, 127 yards, 4 INTs
- Running backs: Nick Gibson 11-70, Aeris Williams 9-55, Dontavian Lee 4-10
- Receivers: Gabe Myles 4-50, Reggie Todd 3-43, Jamal Couch 2-28, Aeris Williams 3-13
- Defensive leaders: Errol; Thompson 7 tackles, Mark McLaurin 7 tackles, Tim Washington 6 tackles, Brian Cole 5 tackles and a pass breakup, Jamal Peters 4 tackles and 2 pass breakups, Lashard Durr 3 tackles and 2 pass breakups, C.J. Morgan 2 tackles and 2 pass breakups
- I'm getting the feeling Maroon wide receivers are getting more separation as the game goes on. Gabe Myles in particular.
- Seriously, Keytaon Thompson is barely throwing to anyone other than Reggie Todd. To Todd's credit, when the ball has went his way, he's almost always had enough separation to justify the throw.
FIRST QUARTER NOTES
- Don't freak out about Nick Fitzgerald's two early interceptions for two reasons. One, it's the spring game. Two, I think it's fair to say neither were his fault: the first was a deep 50-50 ball that the defensive back beat the wide receiver to, and the second was a fairly placed ball that was batted back to Dantzler. All's fine in Starkville, I promise.
- I really like what I've seen from the Maroon defensive line so far: Grant Harris, Montez Sweat, Chauncey Rivers, Braxton Hoyett and Tre Brown.
- Quick answer to the leader of the wide receiving pack on the White team is Reggie Todd, who had three catches for 43 yards, catching all three of quarterback Keytaon Thompson's completions.
- Real breaking news here: running back Aeris Williams looks outstanding.
- It looked like Dontea Jones was the only tight end on the field in the entire first possession for the Maroon offense, which seems to loosely represent the 1st team.
- A check up on the starting secondary: Cameron Dantzler and Jamal Peters at corner with Jonathan Abram, Mark McLaurin and Brian Cole. As an update, J.T. Gray worked him self in in the next series. Hard to take much from a depth chart perspective given the rotational nature of spring games.
- Here's a message from me to the fans: Please, please do not read into the offensive line performance you see today. All of us on the beat have written at some point about the lack of offensive line depth this spring given injuries to Elgton Jenkins and Deion Calhoun. I actually have an offseason story in the works on that unit in which an offensive line expert identified Jenkins as the key cog in the unit. So please, do your best to ignore it.
- I'm really looking forward to seeing the wide receivers on the White team. I expect Donald Gray to be the standout on that squad, but look at some of the other names: Reggie Todd, Stephen Adegoke, Austin Williams, Jesse Jackson, Osirus Mitchell. There should be plenty of opportunities for someone in that crowd to separate themselves today.
- I like the splits on the defensive line group, that should give us plenty of chances to see many of them. Deion pope, Lee Autry and Jeffery Simmons are together on the White team while the Maroon team has Montez Sweat, Grant Harris, Chauncey Rivers and Braxton Hoyett. Lots of reps for all of the key players in that group.
- Dontavian Lee is going to get plenty of opportunities to showcase himself as basically the only running back on the White team. Running back coach Greg Knox had high remarks for his spring earlier this week.
- Some defensive backs I'll be watching. Maroon Team: No. 12 J.T. Gray, finally showcasing himself at safety. White Team: No. 13 Cameron Dantzler, who I previously wrote about as potential player for a starting spot; No. 32 Brian Cole, JUCO transfer; No. 38 Jonathan Abram, JUCO transfer.