STARKVILLE – Mississippi State returned to the practice field Tuesday after two days off, and coach Dan Mullen immediately set to work trying to build off Saturday’s scrimmage.
Mullen didn’t get too specific about what the Bulldogs worked on Tuesday, saying with a laugh, “Just everything – offense, defense, special teams.” But he said he’s using this week to get more organized and start setting a workable depth chart.
“We’ve got a long way to go,” he said, “so we’ve got to get a lot better and clean up a lot, all the phases for the next couple days, so we’re ready and everything starts looking cleaner for game week next week.”
Receiver has been one of Mullen’s greatest concerns as far as depth, and two ball-catchers were out Tuesday.
Freshman Chad Bumphis (Tupelo) has been limited since last week with a sprained foot, and redshirt freshman O’Neal Wilder was sidelined after getting his wisdom teeth pulled. Wilder should return to action Thursday.
“We have some depth, but depth ready to play?” Mullen said.
Offensive lineman Tobias Smith, who’s out until at least mid-September after undergoing ankle surgery, had his cast taken off Monday.
Walk-on quarterback Daniel Stegall, a former Miami signee who played pro baseball, went through his first practice.
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