By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – A theme during Mississippi State’s last few practices has been the moving around of offensive linemen.
During Tuesday’s practice, the Bulldogs’ ninth of the spring, there was plenty of shuffling by offensive line coach John Hevesy.
Blaine Clausell, normally a left tackle, saw work at second-team right tackle; junior college transfer Charles Siddoway switched sides to first-team right tackle; and sophomore Damien Robinson, who’s worked at several spots during his time at MSU, was first-team left tackle.
“Everything’s kind of review, so it’s really a time to see who can grasp and do what,” head coach Dan Mullen said. “(Hevesy) and I have been together so long, I trust what he’s doing. He’s just trying to mix and match some guys and to get guys dual ready, try to get our best five on the field at all times.
“Some guys, you could be a starter at one position and potentially a backup at another one.”
Guys like Siddoway and Dylan Holley, another juco transfer who’s working at No. 2 center, should vie for starting jobs. In fact, the only job that’s essentially locked up is Gabe Jackson at left guard.
“It’s open in a two-deep sense right now,” Mullen said. “Not only is it open for the starters, but who’s the next guy onto the field.”
Spring tickets update
Ticket sales for the Maroon-White Spring Game are going well, according to an MSU official.
For the first time, the school is charging admission to the annual game, and part of the package is a concert by country act Sugarland. Mike Richey, MSU’s senior associate athletics director for ticket operations, said the school had sold about 14,000 tickets as of Tuesday afternoon.
“We’re pretty pleased with pre-sale numbers given we have never pre-sold the spring game,” Richey said. “Promoters tell us we’ll have a large percentage of sales in the last week before the show and a big walk-up (crowd).”
MSU expects around 25,000 fans for the event. The game begins at 5 p.m., with the concert to follow.
The hiring of Adam Gordon as director of basketball operations was made official Tuesday.
Gordon joins Rick Ray’s staff after one year in the same role at Northern Colorado. Prior to that, he spent three years at Clemson, one year working there with Ray (2009-10).
Ray’s staff is now complete. He retained George Brooks and recently hired Wes Flanigan and Chris Hollender.