By NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State is starting to slowly turn an eye toward the coming season.
The Bulldogs finished up several days’ worth of work at the South Farm practice fields on Thursday. Now they are preparing for a Saturday scrimmage, and coaches will start determining the status of their players in regards to the season, which begins Sept. 1 against Jackson State.
“Coaches will kind of start putting a plan together of exactly where we are, who is ready to go, who is definitely ready to go, who is on the borderline ready to go, and who probably needs another year developing,” head coach Dan Mullen said.
After some light work today in just helmets and shoulder pads, MSU will hold the closed scrimmage Saturday, and that will help the coaches make personnel decisions.
The Bulldogs now have 17 practices under their belt, and Mullen said the players know how important the scrimmage is as far as rotations and the depth chart. He said once the scrimmage is over, the coaches’ focus will shift towards scout work for the season.
“It doesn’t mean that we’ve set who is playing and who is not playing. There are still guys who are going to be on the edge one way or the other,” said Mullen. “But we’re going to have a good idea of the direction we’re headed in.”
Mullen has specific things he’ll be looking for Saturday, like “running on and off the field, running to the ball, finishing plays, not making silly mistakes, no penalties, none of that stuff. When I come back to watch the film, I want to look at who is executing, who is consistently doing their job.”