JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Mississippi State has resumed Gator Bowl practices, hitting the field at the University of North Florida a little before 10 a.m. local time. Lot of goose dung on the field, but that didn’t seem to deter the Bulldogs.
Reporters were allowed to view the first half-hour or so of practice, which involved position drills and some 11-on-11 work. Quarterback Tyler Russell was fully participating and had his sprained right ankle lightly wrapped.
MSU is practicing this week without a cornerbacks coach, because Melvin Smith took a job at Auburn. Safeties coach Tony Hughes will be coaching the whole secondary this week, but he’s getting help. Ryan McNamara, MSU’s on-field defensive graduate assistant, can be seen in the video below working with the CBs during position drills. He was emphasizing “violent arms” and staying low.
I’ll have more updates after practice, when we’ll talk to coaches and players.