By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – After a couple of days off, Mississippi State returned to the practice fields Tuesday and began moving on without Angelo Mirando.
The wide receivers coach abruptly resigned on Sunday due to “unforeseen personal issues,” so head coach Dan Mullen worked with the receivers on Tuesday. He is trying to formulate both short-term and long-term plans for replacing Mirando.
“The short-term plan and the long-term plan could be a combo plan,” Mullen said. “Might have a short-term fix that turns into a long-term fix or a short-term fix that lasts through the season. We’re going to figure that out over the next few days.”
When asked whether Mirando might ever return to MSU, Mullen said, “Anything’s possible in this world.” For now, the Bulldogs have to try and make do, and Mullen said the receivers are his responsibility “in the immediate” future.
As he tries to sort it all out, Mullen said he feels confident that his experienced receivers group will pull through just fine without Mirando.
“If the old guys act like, hey, we’re going to take care of our business, then the younger guys just kind of follow suit.”
Not so sharp
As for Tuesday’s practice, the Bulldogs weren’t as sharp as Mullen would’ve liked after two days off the field. He was especially disappointed with the younger players, who he said were “a little sluggish.”
MSU began scout team work, which means the newcomers are having to learn how to practice differently than before. The Bulldogs are starting to prepare for the Sept. 1 season opener against Jackson State.
MSU’s coaches got some work done during the two days off, with Mullen saying he watched a little film of Jackson State’s defense. But mostly, coaches looked at practice film and tried to figure out which plays will work and which ones won’t.
“So really we’ve just been studying that stuff, getting in and kind of grinding through those cut-ups of training camp, of what these guys are executing well,” Mullen said. “Because even though something might draw up well, personnel-wise we don’t execute it very well. Then we have to tweak and do stuff our guys do well.”