By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – As spring nears an end for Mississippi State, it appears the defensive linemen are in tune with their new position coach.
David Turner, who’s in the first year of his second stint at MSU, has overseen a defensive line that’s played well all spring, including Thursday, which was the final full-padded practice of the spring.
After some helmets-only work today, MSU will take to Davis Wade Stadium at 1 p.m. Saturday for the annual Maroon-White spring game.
“He’ll get his point across without getting you down,” said junior tackle P.J. Jones of Turner. “He’ll tell you what he wants. You’ve just got to listen to what he’s saying, not how he says it, the tone.”
Turner echoed that last sentence, and added, “If they listen, I’d like to think I can get them going in the right direction.”
Jones is one guy who Turner has been trying to get through to, and he said the Tupelo product has come on strong in recent practices. Jones has 21 career games under his belt and is expected to be a starter this fall.
“Sometimes he looks like he’s got a governor on his engine and don’t open so fast, but I’ve talked to him about it,” Turner said. “He’s a guy that’s stepped up the last three or four practices as well and shown flashes.
“If we can get him to do it on a consistent level and really want to be great, he’s got a chance to be really, really good.”