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Transfer QB Mosley takes turn with 1st unit
Quarterback Tray Rutland was held out of practice Thursday after receiving IV fluids following a humid Wednesday practice in which several players struggled with the heat. Rutland was at practice, but watched from the side.
Louisiana transfer Michael Mosley took all of the snaps during group drills, snapping off laser-like passes at times, but also misreading routes. The 6-foot-3, 225-pound right-hander commanded the huddle and didn’t hesitate to raise his voice when appropriate.
Mosley had been working with the No. 2 unit while Rutland ran with the starters.
“Mike’s a good heady quarterback,” JSU coach Rick Comegy said. “Nothing bothers him. He’s cool and calm and goes about his job.
“He’s competing for the starting job with a lot of grace.”
Rutland, offensive lineman Michael Harness, defensive tackle Emmanuel Muhammad and defensive end Larry Dennis were held out of practice due to heat-related symptoms. Cornerback Jeremy Pierce was limited to no-contact drills. Offensive lineman Rashad McGill sat out practice for the second consecutive day.
The wide receiver position has had the most trouble through the first four practices and Thursday was no different. A significant number of passes have bounced off hands, chests and shoulder pads - a problem that was present during spring workouts.
“I didn’t think they had the greatest day,” Comegy said. “I saw some guys that still need to work on getting their bodies around in position to catch the ball.
“We’ve got work ahead of us. I can see the technique polish that we need.”
By Kareem Copeland