Spring practice No. 5 is in the books, as MSU continued to put a lot of focus on installation. As I’ve said before, there’s not a lot you can glean from that type of work, but the Bulldogs did their usual skeleton passing drills, and they ended practice with some 11-on-11 scrimmage-type action. As for the installation and how some of the new guys are catching on, well, juco transfer receiver Jeremey Chappelle feels he’s making progress.
“From the first day til now, it’s been coming to me a whole lot better. I’m picking up on a lot of stuff now,” Chappelle said.
Chappelle had some nice moments today, but right now he’s running second team. He’s not a guy MSU expects to be a leader for this new wave of receivers. So who is that guy? Chappelle said its junior slot man Jameon Lewis.
“He’s got a couple of years up under his belt, he knows the plays. He’s being a big leader right now,” Chappelle said. “He comes to practice every day ready to work. That’s one thing about Jameon, you don’t have to question his workability.”
MSU’s coaches have been waiting on the speedster to become a key part of the offense, and this season will be his opportunity to do so. Lewis certainly had a nice day today, making catch after catch, most of them over the middle. During 11-on-11 work, Lewis made four catches in a very short span, including a leaping grab of a Tyler Russell throw and then a diving snag. On another play, Lewis made a short catch and spun away from cornerback Jamerson Love.
Other observations from today, and then there’s more video below.
• Cornerback Justin Cox, a juco transfer, continued to impress. He had an interception during skeleton drills, but then later got beat on a nice deep throw from Russell to Robert Johnson.
• Receiver Michael Carr also stuck out today with some of his catches. The kid is a pure athlete.
• Damien Robinson was working at first-team right tackle during 11-on-11, while 2012 starter Charles Siddoway was second team. I don’t know how much we should read into that, because A) it’s spring, and B) coaches have been mixing and matching ones and twos every practice. For example, tailback Josh Robinson and cornerback Cedric Jiles also got first-string snaps.
• Defensive line coach David Turner, who’s starting his second stint here, got fired up when several of his defensive linemen jumped offsides on one play. He slammed his play sheet to the ground and yelled, “Dangit!” It’s nice to see Turner on the practice field again.