Bulldogs get ready to do some football hitting

STARKVILLE – After Friday’s spring practice, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen threw out the term “sloppy” for the second consecutive day. But there were also some positive feelings share by Mullen concerning the Bulldogs’ workout.
“We put in a lot of red-zone and goal-line stuff and really controlled situations there,” said Mullen, who was preparing his team for a scrimmage today. “We wanted to make sure we are ready to get hit … and we got after it today.
“I mean, really sloppy and poor execution but I liked the sound of the contact and the effort of guys running around on the field.”
Early on in spring drills, what has also been obvious is the competition at numerous spots, particularly at receiver and linebacker. Mullen said that competition has created more intensity on the practice fields with his players knowing the value of performing this time of the year.
“There’s a lot of young guys and we work hard and they want to get on the field on Saturdays and have fun playing,” said Mullen. “They know if you come out and show what you can do here (on the practice fields), then you get an opportunity on Saturdays to go and play in the fall.”
Concerning some of those new faces at certain spots, Mullen commented on a handful of guys that have shown promise thus far in spring ball.
“I think James Carmon is getting better every day at (left) tackle,” said Mullen. “Kaleb Eulls is now at that three-technique (defensive) tackle and doing a good job in there. You know, Matt Wells is doing a good job at the nickel and we run a lot of three-wide (receivers). I saw Malcolm (Johnson) and it looked like he did a couple of things today at positions we might not use him a lot in games. But you know what, he is learning to be a hybrid-type player for us.”
MSU will hold its first spring scrimmage today at noon depending on the weather and it will be about 150 plays long, Mullen said.

Paul Jones/Special to the Journal