Freshmen Impress Mullen in Scrimmage

STARKVILLE | Tonight’s scrimmage, which included 150 to 160 plays according to Dan Mullen, had its fair share of big plays. Whether the big plays were made due to correct execution or because of missed assignments will be seen when Mullen reviews the film.

One thing that Mullen did not have to review to know is how much the players were being taught in tonight’s scrimmage.

“Lot of teaching,” Mullen said. “Lot of good work tonight. There were a lot of things to teach on, some bad things and some good things.”

Mullen singled out three freshman from tonight’s scrimmage: De’Runnya Wilson, Chris Jones and Ashton Shumpert. While he said they have a long way to go and they still have to get them ready to play in a game, they have the ability to make big plays, and it showed.

While Mullen admits that he missed some of the big plays because he was busy evaluating other things, he did see enough from those three players to know they will be good. When asked what it was that Mullen was evaluating, he responded, “Everything.”

“We’re looking at what we don’t do well, what we do well, and what players do it well,” Mullen continued.

The next week of practices will be devoted mostly to working on the situations that they do well, according to Mullen.

In the kicking game, Mullen singled out sophomore kicker Devon Bell, saying he’s “pretty consistent.”

“He’s a hard worker, very focused on doing things the right way,” Mullen said.

Yesterday’s bowling outing was mostly due to how well Mullen felt that morning practice went. He also liked the team’s attitude and wanted to roll that positive attitude over into tonight’s scrimmage. He said that there will likely be a light practice on Sunday to make up for lost time yesterday afternoon.

– John Luke McCord

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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