After a difficult scrimmage last weekend, receiver Shawney Kersey attacked this week's workouts with a type of ferocity that has him catching everything.
And in one case Thursday, rim-rocking the south goalpost.
Playing his accustomed "X" spot, Kersey caught a pass and sped down the left sideline, then juked Shawn Samuels into the FieldTurf at Joan C. Edwards Stadium and went right. With that obstacle out of the way, Kersey finished the 70-yard touchdown play.
But the Penn State transfer wasn't finished when he crossed the goal line. After some spirited lobbying by a teammate, the 6-foot-1 Kersey showed off his vertical leap with a two-handed "try to break the rim" slam-dunk over the crossbar.
"Maybe it was Tommy Shuler? Someone said, 'Dunk, dunk, dunk, dunk,'" Kersey said. "I wanted to pray, but he wanted me to dunk. It is the NBA playoffs, so I figured a dunk would be a good way to go out."
Under Doc Holliday, younger players must earn their stripes - or better put, lose a stripe. That red stripe, the one that seemingly jumps off the helmet and yells "I'm a rookie!" to coaches and teammates.
Nickel back Corey Tindal lost his, along with safety Samuels, defensive tackle Smith and second-string center Tyler Combs. This is the first semester in the program for Tindal and Combs.
MU will conduct its second officiated scrimmage, which more often than not is the true highlight of the spring season. Like last week, the practice begins at about 9:30 a.m. and is open to Big Green donors, season-ticket holders and MU students with valid ID. Season-ticket holders may bring their renewal forms.
"It will be very similar to last Saturday," Holliday said. "There will be a lot of situations, maybe a little bit more move-it, play the down-and-distance and that type of thing. For our kids, it's important to come out and play extremely well."
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