STARKVILLE, Miss. -- Mississippi State football will go through its first scrimmage of the spring with a 100-plus play workout beginning at 11 a.m. Saturday in Davis Wade Stadium.
The scrimmage is open to the public. No video of any kind will be permitted inside the stadium during the scrimmage. Saturday is the first of two scrimmages for the Bulldogs prior to the Maroon-White Spring Game on April 12 at noon. The Maroon-White Spring Game is once again part of Super Bulldog Weekend. Admission is free. For more details, visit www.HailState.com/SBW.
“We want to play, get the coaches out of the way and get the guys in the stadium,” said head coach Dan Mullen. “A lot of guys have played in there, and what I want to see from older guys is good football. I don’t want to see defense dominate because the offense is bad, or the offense dominate because the defense is bad.”
Mullen said he has been pleased with the competition on both sides of the ball. MSU has plenty of depth and players have been battling for reps in practice.
“For us, I want to be two-deep at least across the board,” said Mullen. “Everyone loves that this guy is the starter, but for us, I love guys rolling. I like getting guys in, getting them playing time, and getting them reps. That’s the competition. I think guys see it in our program that they’re not always just competing for a starting job. They’re competing for reps.”
MSU practiced three times this week in pads, including back-to-back days on Thursday and Friday. Mullen welcomed over 200 high school coaches from across the state and neighboring states as part of the annual coaches’ clinic. The keynote speaker of the event was former Southern Cal interim coach Ed Orgeron.
“He was on staff at Syracuse with Jon Hevesy and I for two days when I was hired there before he left for USC the first time,” said Mullen. “He’s one of the top defensive line coaches in the country. If you look at last year, to me, that was as good of a job done by a head coach that you’ll find. To have as hard of a situation like that and take over to do the job he did, it’s amazing. It’s great to see all the high school coaches that are out here and get to see somebody that’s had the success in every phase as a position coach, head coach, coordinator and assistant head coach. All the titles and roles that he has had and the success that he has had, I have a tremendous amount of respect for him.”
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