August 26, 2013 4:17:36 PM
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State University released its football depth chart for its season opener in the Texas Kickoff Classic at Houston against No. 13 Oklahoma State University.
The only interesting elements to the new two-deep is the following:
- Freshman wide receiver D'Runnya Wilson is listed as the backup wide receiver behind sophomore Joe Morrow. The Birmingham, Ala., native has been highly impressive coming out of fall camp and MSU coach Dan Mullen has mentioned his presence as a early playmaker.
"With the young guys, it's all about how you adjust to the speed of the game out there," Mullen said Monday. "It's not just about making plays but making plays within the system."
Five-star freshman Chris Jones is listed as a backup defensive end behind Denico Autry. Jones, who is listed at 305 pounds, could see playing time inside and on the edge as a pass rusher in his college football debut.
Taveze Calhoun is listed as the starter at cornerback as the sophomore from Morton in front of East Mississippi Community College transfer Justin Cox. Although Cox is listed as a backup, the West Point star is expected to see lots of playing time against the multiple wide receiver sets of Oklahoma State.
"I see us playing four or five corners, maybe more," Mullen said. "Taveze has been a champion for us when he's been able to stay healthy."
It's interesting that after LaDarius Perkins, after telling the media he was working as the primary punt returner, he is listed as the backup kick returner and junior Jameon Lewis is listed as the punt returner.
Despite being listed as questionable by Mullen Monday in his media conference, junior Ferlando Bohanna is listed as the backup middle linebacker behind All-SEC preseason selection Benardrick McKinney.
"I've been inactive for the last week or so but hopefully I'll start practicing (Monday)," Bohanna said. "Every test I take for my concussion needs to come back 100 percent clean before they'll let me play. Don't get me wrong, I want to play bad but they're being extra cautious with this and testing me everyday."
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