Bulldogs tackle final week

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

Mississippi State has one more week of work to do this spring.
The Bulldogs have knocked out 11 spring practices and will be back on the field Tuesday, Thursday and Friday. Then Saturday is the big day: The annual Maroon-White Game, at 1 p.m.
“Tuesday and Thursday are going to be big, big days for us,” coach Dan Mullen said. “The spring game’s always a big celebration day.”
Coach-es have been getting a look at several young players they hope will step into important roles next season, and spring has marked the beginning of some position battles.
Mullen has been mixing and matching personnel, giving players opportunities to work with different combinations. Several young players have shown clear progress, including linebacker Beniquez Brown, defensive tackle Nick James and tailback Derrick Milton.
MSU has held two scrimmages at Davis Wade Stadium, but Saturday’s spring game will give Mullen a chance to assess players in a different setting.
“I love that situation,” he said, “because it puts some guys that haven’t been under pressure before under pressure when they’ve finally got to play in front of a big, sold-out stadium.”
brad.locke@journalinc.com