Mississippi State's football team is done at South Farm for the year, classes begin today, and we enter a new phase of preseason camp. No more two-a-days (those actually ended Monday), and practices will now be held in the late afternoon or evening hours during the week.
Here's our report from yesterday's practice, which coach Dan Mullen was more pleased with than Monday's work. The Bulldogs are gearing up for their first big scrimmage of the preseason on Friday night – the first Friday of high school football season. It's closed to the public and media, of course.
FYI, I'll be back in Starkville tomorrow to speak with Mullen and a few players as I try to nail down the rest of my football tab copy. I appreciate Paul Jones of Bulldawgs247 covering for me in my absence.
The season opener is 15 days away, and in 12 days is the first game-week press conference.
• In today's Journal I have an update on tight end Marcus Green, who's healthy and looking forward to making an impact this year. The Bulldogs could really use that added element, which was lacking last year as he missed all but two games.
• MSU's roster expands to 120 players today. That number includes injured sophomore tailback Nick Griffin (ACL surgery), who was added to the original 105 early in camp.
• A basketball team spokesman said Renardo Sidney is back from Houston and ready to start classes today.
• In baseball, the Tupelo 49ers fell to Eden Prairie, Minn., 5-4, in 13 innings in the American Legion World Series championship game last night. Tupelo had its chances, but one big opportunity was missed when MSU signee Brandon Woodruff's hard-hit ball was turned into a double play in the 10th. Another MSU signee, Will Cox, had led off with a single.