STARKVILLE, Miss. — The depth chart hasn’t changed on paper, but it appears to have been shaken up on the field.
Center Reese Dismukes, reinstated from a one-game suspension on Sunday, took pregame snaps with starting quarterback Kiehl Frazier, while opening-day starter Tunde Fariyike was snapping to backup QB Clint Moseley.
Fueling speculation from earlier in the week, sophomore Robensen Therezie, who has been behind in the mix at safety, was fifth in the 5-man line of running backs during warmups. He was behind (in order from start to finish) Onterio McCalebb, Tre Mason, Corey Grant and Mike Blakely.
On defense, the first-team secondary saw quite the shakeup. Cornerbacks T’Sharvan Bell and Jonathan Mincy, and safety Demetruce McNeal, were taking first-team reps after being listed as backups last week and on our Saturday depth chart distributed in the Davis Wade Stadium press box. Strong safety Jermaine Whitehead was the only defensive back who started last week and was on the field for 1st-team reps. Chris Davis should be involved on nickel packages; meanwhile, Ryan White and Ryan Smith ran with the second unit.
Also of note was true freshman Jonathan Jones, already a special teams standout, taking 2nd-team reps at cornerback.
This is all conjecture until the game goes live, but intriguing shakeup possibilities nonetheless.
The rain is starting to fall steadily in Starkville. Should make for some difficulties for the offenses, as compared to last week in the temperate Georgia Dome.
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