Rosters Divided, Spring Game Set For Saturday
STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State football culminates four weeks of spring football with the annual Maroon-White Game as part of Super Bulldog Weekend presented by Regions at noon CT Saturday in Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field.
The game will be tape-delayed televised by CSS with airings at 3 p.m. CT Saturday, 7 p.m. CT Sunday and 8 p.m. CT Wednesday. Bart Gregory, Coach Jackie Sherrill and Steffi Sorensen call the action. It will also be carried on the Mississippi State Radio Network with Jim Ellis, Matt Wyatt and John Correro handling the call. Pre-game show begins at 11:30 a.m. Free live streaming audio is available at www.Hailstate.com.
Admission is free. Gates open at Davis Wade Stadium at 10 a.m. Fans are encouraged to arrive early to Super Bulldog Weekend. The first 10,000 fans in attendance will receive a free limited edition poster celebrating 100 years of Scott Field. For more information, visit, www.HailState.com/SBW.
Fans can follow the action on social media at Facebook, Twitter and Instagram (HailStateFB). Fans are encouraged to use the hashtag #SBW2014 for Super Bulldog Weekend.
“The key to us having a spring game is the crowd and a game-like atmosphere for a lot of young players,” said MSU coach Dan Mullen. “Saturday is fun. To me, this wraps it up. The key to Saturday, first off, is what we get out of it. We put young players in a lot of situations in front of a crowd they’ve never seen. We have to have 30,000 people there. That’s important.”
Mullen and the staff divided the rosters on Friday. Quarterback Dak Prescott will lead a Maroon team featuring Malcolm Johnson, Robert Johnson, Joe Morrow and Will Redmond. Linebacker Benardrick McKinney leads a White squad with Beniquez Brown, Taveze Calhoun, Chris Jones, Justin Cox, Kendrick Market and Matt Wells.
Geoff Collins, Billy Gonzales, Tony Hughes and Scott Sallach will serve as coaches of the Maroon team. John Hevesy, Brian Johnson, Deshea Townsend and David Turner will oversee the White team.
The Bulldogs held their final practice on Thursday going through several scrimmage situations. Mullen has praised the depth of the squad all spring and its experience.
“I love how we finished, and I think we really had a strong spring with great effort,” he said. “The best thing to see is good football. You expect to see a lot of good football from your ones, and you can see quality football from your twos. That’s when you’re starting to build your depth. I think that is what we saw today and all spring.”
Saturday’s spring game will feature a normal 30-minute first half followed by a running clock in the second half. There will be a 10-minute halftime where the teams will go to the locker room.