From school reports
STARKVILLE – First-year head coach Dan Mullen again put his Mississippi State team through a three-hour workout on Thursday, the second practice of the spring session. The Bulldogs worked out in helmets only and will put on full pads for the first time Saturday.
“Saw some improvement today, but we’ve still got a long way to go,” Mullen said. Compared to Tuesday’s first day of workouts, Mullen said, “Practice today was a little smoother, but we’ll really start to see what we have on Saturday when we put the pads on.”
Sophomore running back Robert Elliott (knee) participated in the full practice after being limited on Tuesday, but senior wide receiver Brandon McRae (leg) was limited after the first few periods. Also being withheld from action were kicker Eric Richards (hip), offensive lineman Mark Melichar (illness) and wide receiver Andrew Ellard (knee).
MSU will work out again at 10 a.m. Saturday at the practice fields. More than 150 fans were in attendance at Thursday’s practice, and Saturday’s full-pad workout will be open to the public as well.
Drills in Madison tonight
n Southern Miss conducts its sixth workout session of the spring and its first scrimmage, today at Madison Central High School.
Practice time is scheduled for 5:30 p.m. and is open to the public.
“This gives our fans outside of the Hattiesburg area a unique way to get a chance to see this team prepare for next year,” said second-year head coach Larry Fedora, who worked his team for 21/2 hours in the rain on Wednesday afternoon.