On the eve of its second scrimmage, MSU retreated indoors to hold its 10th practice of the spring. With dozens of high school coaches looking on – they’re in town for a clinic – the Bulldogs put in a lively session. The competitive spirit of today’s practice was perhaps best captured during a couple of exchanges between junior linebacker Ferlando Bohanna and redshirt freshman receiver Brandon Holloway.
After covering Holloway on a pass route – the ball was thrown elsewhere – Bohanna playfully said, “I got wheels, boy, you know that.” Later, Holloway caught a short pass and was run out of bounds by Bohanna, who reminded him, “You know I got burners, boy.” Holloway, a track star in high school, is one of the fastest players on the team. And speaking of the diminutive Floridian, he logged a lot of snaps at tailback today.
Why? Because starter LaDarius Perkins was out for the second consecutive practice, and backup Josh Robinson was limited. So it was Holloway, Derrick Milton and walk-on Kasey Akins getting carries. Holloway showed some good cutting ability, although on one play he had the misfortune, while pass blocking, of being pancaked by 345-pound defensive tackle Nick James.
Could Holloway be a running game option in the future?
“It’s more guys are out, we need a body right now, but he looks like he’s doing a pretty good job there, so it might be something we look at in the future in expanding his role,” coach Dan Mullen said.
Holloway played tailback in high school and is certainly open to it. He talks about it in the video below.
OK, I’ve got some other observations and notes from today’s practice, then videos of not only Holloway, but of linebackers Richie Brown and Chris Hughes.
• Linebacker Deontae Skinner and receiver Ricco Sanders were also out today. A couple of guys who missed Tuesday’s practice, defensive end Denico Autry and defensive tackle Quay Evans, were practicing normally.
• Brown had some nice moments today. On one Tyler Russell pass over the middle during skeleton drills, he got parallel to the ground to knock it down. And then during 11-on-11 work, he intercepted Sam Cowart.
• I also saw some good pass defense from cornerback Cedric Jiles, corner Jamerson Love and linebacker Matt Wells.
• Russell got to throw to a lot of receivers and tight ends and, as usual, spread the ball around. One play that stood out was a smart checkdown he made to hit Malcolm Johnson for about a 25-yard gain.
• The weird play of the day was a pass that bounced off the hands of tight end Rufus Warren and sailed about 15 yards downfield into the arms of receiver Joe Morrow.
• Safety Kivon Coman, a freshman, had a couple of bad plays to give up long gains. He broke too late on one pass, then slipped down while defending another downfield.