Bulldogs tune up for tonight's second scrimmage

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s practice on Thursday wasn’t so much about players as it was coaches. That won’t be the case tonight.
With dozens of high school and junior college coaches observing, MSU went through basic drills and then a bit of team work on Thursday. The guests were on hand for the coaches clinic being hosted by the head Bulldog, Dan Mullen.
At 6 p.m. today, the Bulldogs will hit Scott Field for their second scrimmage of the spring. It is open to the public.
“Coach Mullen wants to get everybody anywhere from 50 to 60 snaps in the game, and getting the right guys the opportunity out there playing,” defensive coordinator Chris Wilson said. “What we want to do is play a game – actually spot it, play the game, punt, and coaches off the field, and see who can really play in game-like situations.”
This will be the second scrimmage for State this spring, and the 11th practice total.
With some position battles raging along the offensive line and at running back, among other positions, today gives coaches a chance to gauge where those competitions stand eight days before the Maroon-White spring game.
“In reality, we would be able to play a game this week,” Wilson said. “There shouldn’t be a lot of thinking. Everybody should be playing at a fast level. We’ll take a miniature game plan into it, and the key thing is to see the guys execute at a high level.”
He added, “What we’re going to do is get to see every package that we’ve got, because all the packages are in. Everything from our base stuff to our nickel stuff that’s in, and we’ll get a chance to play a game with everything installed. That way you get a chance to evaluate a lot more guys that are going to be playing.”
brad.locke@journalinc.com