Injury News; Practice Update

Halfway through spring practices, the injuries are starting to add up for Mississippi State.

We learned today that the injury suffered by reserve tailback Nick Griffin on Friday is a torn ACL. Coach Dan Mullen said he hopes to have the redshirt freshman available for the Sept. 1 season opener against Memphis.

On Saturday, sophomore safety Nickoe Whitley suffered a sprained right knee, so he was held out of practice today. Toward the end of today’s work, starting offensive guard Gabe Jackson suffered what appeared to be a knee injury and had to be helped off the field, but Mullen didn’t know initially what the issue was.

“We’ll know that in a couple of days,” Mullen said.

Just to remind you – and myself – offensive linemen Tobias Smith and Sam Watts remain out of regular practice work after offseason surgeries, while tight ends Marcus Green and Kendrick Cook are both limited.

• As for the practice itself – which was held in chilly, drizzly conditions – Mullen assessed it thusly: “I liked the intensity of the kids. I’m disappointed in our execution. Today we kind of simplified things down to the basics. But it felt like a Mississippi State practice, kind of high-intensity, high-energy, tough, physical practice.”

Simplicity will be a key for now, Mullen said.

“One of the things we need, you look, we only lost two starters on the offensive line from last year’s team; but we lost thee more that were in the (second-team) O-line. So when you’re looking at that youth and inexperience at that position, we’ve really got to keep some things simple.”

MSU returns to the practice fields Thursday.