Bulldogs prepare for big scrimmage

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – Dan Mullen hopes to give his team a taste of SEC football tonight.
Mississippi State will hold its first scrimmage of the preseason at Davis Wade Stadium, and while it will be closed to the public and media, Mullen will simulate game day in every other way possible.
He’s bringing in an SEC officiating crew. Coaches will man their respective positions in the press box or on the field. The first team will run about 70 plays, as will the second team, and then “whoever’s left standing (will) get some reps with the threes.”
MSU has held 18 practices over 14 days during preseason camp, and the season opener at Memphis is 13 days away (Sept. 1, 7 p.m.).
“I just want us to gain function. I want the comfort of having your coach standing there next to you … and I want the coaches to have to work the communication channels,” Mullen said following Thursday’s practice. “So (today) is really a game for everybody.
“Who knows how I’ll act (today), because I’ll probably try to make some adverse situations for the players and coaches, just to make sure they’re ready for the chaos that is game day in the SEC.”
On the injury front, Mullen said freshman defensive back Taveze Calhoun will likely miss the season after undergoing shoulder surgery earlier this month.
brad.locke@journalinc.com