With preseason practices closed these days, there's no telling what is transpiring out on South Farm as Mississippi State preps for the season. And you never know what kind of ideas are running through Dan Mullen's head.
When asked about junior cornerback Johnthan Banks following today's practice – the 11th of camp – Mullen talked about how he could also play some safety, and he's been working in the return game. Then Mullen said this: "You never know how it shapes up, he might even get us some snaps on offense."
So Banks has been working some with the offense?
"No, but he's pretty good with the ball in his hands. He's a quick learner, so if we have to utilize him we can do a lot of different things. He's just so athletic."
Banks was Mr. Everything in high school, playing multiple positions for the East Webster football team – including quarterback – while also starring in basketball and baseball. So his versatility is well established.
Banks said he's open to whatever Mullen has in mind, "But right now what's best for me is to be over there playing corner, but if coach Mullen wanted me to go over there and play receiver, he's the head man, and I've got to do as he asks."
• In more relevant but less fascinating news, MSU did some extensive scrimmage work today. Mullen, sporting some stubble, gave the edge to the offense.
"But a lot of good things to teach off of that the offense can improve on and see some things we did we can get better at. And then some key mistakes in defense, that when you go and tackled on a day like today, you get to really see where we are tackling, ready to get into a game."
Asked to assess QB Chris Relf today, he said, "At times I thought he was really sharp. I thought all the quarterbacks at times were sharp and at times were sloppy. And for us when the quarterbacks go sloppy, the offense is going to go sloppy."
MSU's first big scrimmage is scheduled for a week from today.
• Hey look, Mullen video. Witness the Favre-ian stubble for yourself.