By Logan Lowery
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s quarterback situation remains fluid for this weekend’s game against Arkansas.
Both Dak Prescott and Tyler Russell are day-to-day, according to coach Dan Mullen, with shoulder injuries.
Prescott suffered nerve damage on a hit late in the fourth quarter against Texas A&M and did not dress last weekend against Alabama.
Russell sustained an injury to his shoulder in the fourth quarter against the Crimson Tide after tossing his only interception of the night. The senior returned for one series after being hurt but was forced to leave the game in the hands of true freshman Damian Williams.
“We’ve got to see what’s going on with those guys as the week goes on,” Mullen said. “They’re getting better and are coming in for treatments (Monday) and we don’t practice again until (Tuesday) afternoon. We’ll have to see where everybody is at during that point in time.”
Who will start?
Williams played the final three series against Alabama, missing on all five pass attempts and was sacked once. It was his first action since Sept. 21 against Troy.
Mullen said if neither Prescott nor Russell are able to go, Williams will get the start Saturday against the Razorbacks. The 6-foot-1, 230-pounder from Metarie, La., has appeared in only three games on the year, completing 11 of 23 passes for 152 yards and an interception.
“Sometimes you’d wonder and scratch your head if it was right to play Damian at all this year,” Mullen said. “At this point in time it looks like it was the right decision. Give him a lot of credit on Saturday night for coming in and performing. Obviously, I’d like to see him performing at a higher level but the stage wasn’t too big for him when he came in. He was ready, came in and made a couple of nice throws. He’ll get his mindset right and get himself ready this week if he’s got to be our guy.”
Field goal funk
MSU has made just one field goal in its last five games and Bulldogs’ kickers are just 7-of-15 on the year.
Sophomore Devon Bell was just 5-of-11 to start the year before yielding the duties to redshirt freshman Evan Sobiesk, who is 2-of-4 but missed a chip shot 23-yard field goal against Alabama last weekend in the second quarter.
“When you have a true sophomore and a redshirt freshman out there kicking for you a lot, they’re young guys coming in kicking in big situations and are still trying to figure it out,” Mullen said. “I think Devon and Evan both have enough talent to when they get 100-percent on technique and confidence, we could have some of the better kickers in the league.”