Mullen wants to see progress

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s young players say they’re learning. Dan Mullen wants to see further proof of it on the field today.
The Bulldogs will hold their second scrimmage of the spring this afternoon at Davis Wade Stadium at approximately 2 p.m. It will be the 11th of 15 scheduled spring practices and is open to the public.
“To me, we just want to see improvement – cleaner execution, following through with stuff,” Mullen said following Thursday’s practice. “We’ve got to pick up the tempo a little bit.”
As was the case last week, coaches will be keeping an close eye on guys like redshirt freshman linebacker Richie Brown. He’s worked himself into the rotation during practices and likes the progress he’s making.
“I’m really getting the hang of the playbook,” Brown said. “It’s a big playbook, but I feel comfortable with the calls, enough to start not thinking as much and just start playing.”
That’s exactly what coaches want to see: reacting, not thinking. Brown showed some of the former on Thursday, making an athletic play to knock down a Tyler Russell throw during passing drills, and later intercepting Sam Cowart.
“As you play, you learn from your mistakes, and you see different looks all the time,” Brown said.
Another redshirt freshman, Brandon Holloway, also feels he has a handle on the playbook. The 5-foot-8 slot receiver said he learned a lot last year from the now-departed Chad Bumphis, and he said junior Jameon Lewis has become a good teacher.
“When I first came in, it was a big learning curve for me, but like I said, I had Bump and Jameon to teach me a lot,” Holloway said.
brad.locke@journalinc.com