GATOR BOWL: Bulldog youngsters sloppy as the weather

By Paul Jones/Special to the Journal

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State practiced in windy and cool conditions again on Wednesday in Gator Bowl preparations.
MSU head coach Dan Mullen noted his team’s performance was about as bad as the weather, too.
“Sloppy day today and probably our worst day so far,” said Mullen. “The young guys came out here and go day after day, they’ve got to get used to playing at this level. A lot of them haven’t prepared and had their bodies ready to play at this level. It’s good that we are getting this right now so they can get used to it.”
The Bulldogs will hold a scrimmage today at 5:30 p.m. at Davis Wade Stadium with mostly younger guys receiving the bulk of the opportunities. That scrimmage will mirror what much of practice has been this week, trying to see what new faces can make a statement. And Mullen hopes to see plenty of that in the scrimmage.
“Just guys making plays,” said Mullen. “A lot of young guys will get a lot of reps and we will give them an opportunity in the stadium under the lights and see how they do when the lights-camera-action comes on.
“We will just split them up into two teams and make sure we have guys that can play on both teams. And we will make sure we have guys on both teams that can rotate through at all the positions.”