Bulldogs expect physical scrimmage

By Paul Jones/Special to the Journal

STARKVILLE – Next weekend, Mississippi State will conclude spring practice with the annual Maroon and White spring game.
But according to head coach Dan Mullen, the most vital practice this spring comes today with the Bulldogs’ second scrimmage of the spring.
The Bulldogs were scheduled to scrimmage at Davis Wade Stadium starting at 10 a.m. this morning.
“Very big day for us and probably the biggest day of the spring for us,” said Mullen. “It is going to be huge because that is where you want to see the improvement of guys. What they did in last week’s (scrimmage), we got to see the improvement of this week in this scrimmage.”
On Friday, Mullen put his squad through a “lighter” workout in anticipation of today’s scrimmage.
“Not bad and it was a much lighter today,” said Mullen. “We were physical yesterday and we expect a physical scrimmage tomorrow. So it was just a chance to clean some things up and we will go watch it on film to see if we did. It wasn’t real competitive today because it was more teaching going on out there.”
One area of emphasis for Mullen today will be the MSU quarterbacks and the passing game.
So far this spring, the Bulldogs have worked moreso on the passing game.
“The passing game always takes a lot more work and the running game is really about being physical,” said Mullen. “There is a lot of skill and timing involved in that passing game. It is never gonna be a finished product so I feel a lot more comfortable that we are getting as many reps as we do.
“We are throwing the ball a lot and that is hard. But I hope it gets us more consistent and accurate and have a higher percentage (of completions). I would be really disappointed if we are below 62 percent completions this year.”