Preseason Camp: Session 2 Update, with Video and Audio

Today’s second session was the hottest yet this week, but Mississippi State got through it in good shape. Hey, let’s start with some audio and visual media.

Here’s some audio of the first minute or so of coach Dan Mullen‘s post-practice chat with reporters.

An excerpt: “Any time you can put pads on and bump into people a little bit more, that’s the game of football. When you split the team in half like that, it’s hard to hide. It weeds out the imposters pretty quick.”

• I caught up with sophomore free safety Nickoe Whitley, and here’s the video to prove it. Whitley, who’s battling Wade Bonner for a starting job, had a couple of big hits today.

Early on in practice, tailback LaDarius Perkins went down and had to be carted off the field. A team spokesman said he was experiencing flu-like symptoms but will be OK. Also, tight end Malcolm Johnson did not practice today due to an undisclosed illness.

As for highlights, most of those came in the 11-on-11 work at the end. That drill began with each quarterback getting five plays at a time, and Dylan Favre looked much better than he did yesterday, even outshining Tyler Russell. Favre was 9 of 10, while Russell was 6 of 9, and it was pretty much all short passes.

Practice ended with a 50-second drill: Each offense had that much time to go 55 yards and score. Russell’s group stalled at the 15-yard line, while Favre completed all four pass attempts when it was his turn, the last one going to Jameon Lewis for a 15-yard touchdown.

• MSU will practice tomorrow afternoon at the South Farm fields, and all practices are closed to the public from here on out.