Day Five Notebook: Full Pads, Full Go

Aug. 12, 2016

DENTON -- Though Friday's practice was cut a bit short due to lightning in the area, the Mean Green again maintained the intensity that has become a staple in week one. Friday marked the first day of camp with full pads, which seemed to inject a bit more excitement into practice. It was also the first day of practice for Kansas State graduate transfer Demonte Hood, a defensive tackle.

For those interested in coming out to Saturday's scrimmage at Apogee Stadium, due to potential inclement weather the start time has been moved up to 9 a.m. CT.

Defensive Play of the Day: Redshirt sophomore defensive back Andrew Jones (Mesquite) wowed his teammates and coaches with a huge pass break-up during the 11-on-11 period. Quarterback Alec Morris (Allen) threw a well-placed fade toward the back corner of the end zone that seemed destined for a score, but Jones timed his jump perfectly to reach the ball at its apex to knock it away from wide receiver Willie Robinson (Fort Worth).

Pass of the Day: Freshman quarterback Mason Fine (Locust Grove, Oklahoma) impressed on a downfield throw across his body during the individual period, gunning a pass 25 yards on a dime to hit his receiver in stride while rolling to his left.

• Tight end Kelvin Smith, a redshirt freshman out of Spring, Texas, made an acrobatic adjustment to a ball thrown over his shoulder during the individual period to haul it in for a catch.

• During special team drills, junior college transfer Joshua Wheeler earned plenty of plaudits from his coaching staff while working on punt block technique.

• Freshman receiver Tyler Wilson (Arlington) made an impressive leaping grab on a ball delivered by Morris during one-on-ones.

• During 11-on-11s, Sulphur Springs, Texas, junior running back Willy Ivery made a big play on a dump-off underneath by Morris. Ivery was in loads of space and burst into the secondary for a large gain.

• Whitehouse, Texas, sophomore defensive back Nate Brooks impressed during 11-on-11s when he came completely free on a corner blitz that would have resulted in a sack of Fine.

• Junior college transfer running back Anthony Wyche showed off his speed on a run off tackle during the 11-on-11 period, getting to the edge and turning up field quickly to pick up a solid gain.

Devin O'Hara showed some good arm-strength and placement on a throw late in the team period, connecting with Robinson for a 12-yard gain on the sideline.

• Redshirt sophomore linebacker Brandon Garner of Mansfield made a nice defensive play on the final drive of 11-on-11s when he teamed up with freshman defensive back Khairi Muhammad (DeSoto) to break up a pass intended for receiver Terian Goree.

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