By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State has put in a lot of work over the past month. Today, the Bulldogs just want to have a little fun.
The end of spring drills is marked by today’s Maroon-White game, to be played at 1 p.m. at Davis Wade Stadium. The White team will be led by starting quarterback Tyler Russell, while the Maroon has senior defensive end Denico Autry.
Autry won’t get a chance to put Russell on the ground, because MSU coaches don’t want the quarterbacks taking hits. But the focus isn’t really on older players or stats.
As Russell tweeted on Friday, “Ready to see some young guys make some big plays tomorrow.”
Head coach Dan Mullen, who’s 29-22 at MSU, said today’s game is “really kind of a celebration, for our fans to be out there and their first look at a lot of these guys and a real fun deal for them.”
Some younger players who have stood out this spring include tailback Derrick Milton, linebacker Beniquez Brown and cornerback Cedric Jiles.
“I feel the young guys are developing pretty well,” junior defensive tackle P.J. Jones said.
MSU won’t be doing anything terribly complicated today.
“It’s going to be pretty basic in what we do,” defensive line coach David Turner said. “The good thing about it, it won’t be a whole lot of thinking. Just play fast, play hard and play violent up front. That’s what we want to accomplish in this game.”
Fans will not only get to see the Bulldogs today, they’ll also get a look at the ongoing expansion work at Davis Wade.
The north end zone is having seats added, and the west side is undergoing work as well, so fans must sit on the east side.