Defensive backs making big strides for Bulldogs

With Mississippi State well into the second week of preseason camp, coach Dan Mullen is seeing improvement in several areas.
Following the first of two workouts Wednesday, Mullen said he was particularly glad with the progress of a couple of young defensive backs, sophomore cornerback Johnthan Banks and redshirt freshman safety Nickoe Whitley.
“You just see them growing as players – the speed at which they’re playing the game,” Mullen said. “On special teams you see them fundamentally, they’re always in the right position, and doing it as football players now, where a lot of times before you’d see them do it as an athlete.”
Mullen said the placekicker battle between Sean Brauchle and Derek DePasquale is “pretty dead even,” and he praised the quiet, steady work of his running backs. A host of backs are vying to replace Anthony Dixon, the school’s all-time leading rusher.
“They just come in, they do their job as hard as they can, they run off the field,” Mullen said. “Which is kind of what we’re looking for and what we want.”
MSU’s second practice was held inside the Palmeiro Center. The Bulldogs will practice once today.

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