Defense Dominates Scrimmage (w/Videos)

MSU wrapped up its first phase of bowl practices today with a 115-play scrimmage inside the Palmeiro Center. It gave coaches one last chance to observe the younger players before Gator Bowl game prep begins in earnest Monday.

As most of the starters looked on in shorts, the defense dominated early and often, with the first nine drives of the scrimmage resulting in no points and three interceptions, including the first of two by linebacker Zach Jackson. Cornerback Kendrick Market also had a diving pick on a pass that was deflected twice. There was a good bit of pressure on the quarterbacks all day, and the offenses had trouble converting third downs. Receiver Jameon Lewis was usually the target when the offense did convert, and he finished with five catches for 67 yards.

The first TD of the day was a 4-yard pass from Dak Prescott to tight end Malcolm Johnson. Prescott, a redshirt freshman, finished 11 of 24 for 103 yards, a touchdown and an interception. Third-string QB Jamil Golden was 17 of 27 for 171 yards, two TDs and three interceptions.

Redshirt freshman tailback Josh Robinson had a nice day, with 59 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. He also had a 30-yard reception. Receiver Joe Morrow scored the only other TD of the day, from 16 yards, but he had a tough outing. He dropped two passes and had alligator arms on a third-down play and finished with 21 yards on three grabs.

Freshman safety Deontay Evans led the way with seven tackles, while sophomore linebacker Matt Wells had five. Redshirt freshman defensive end John Harris recorded two sacks and a QB hurry, while sophomore end Preston Smith had a sack and three hurries.

The only other scoring was a 35-yard field goal by Evan Sobiesk.

Here are some post-scrimmage videos: coach Dan Mullen, Lewis, Prescott and Robinson.

I am the online content coordinator for I also co-host The Memo and Prep Rally podcasts and host the Newsbreak program. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04).

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