April 1, 2010

Bulldogs battle it out on day five

It was bound to happen sooner or later as it always does in any football program.

Things got a little testy near the end of Mississippi State's practice redshirt freshman guard Gabe Jackson as junior college transfer James Carmon tied up following a play during the Bulldogs scrimmage. The two were pulled apart and then allowed to go one-on-one in a more structured football way to let their aggression out on one another.

Such ended State's fifth practice on Thursday.

"We got a little chippy there at the end," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "At least our guys are going hard. It wastes a lot of time at practice. I'd rather them do that between the whistles than after the whistle right there. A little bit more energy between the whistles will make us a better team."

Jackson and Carmon were then summoned to the opposite end of the field away from the scrimmage by strength coach Matt Bailis for an additional running session. After Carmon was not running to suit Balis' desire, he called upon defensive leaders K.J. Wright and Pernell McPhee to run half-gassers until Carmon picked up the pace.

But things were not all negative during Thursday's session. The offense showed plenty of promise working from the 30-yard line going in. Quarterback Tyler Russell made a nice 30-yard scoring scamper on a sweep right and running backs Robert Elliott and Vick Ballard also ran the ball effectively inside the red zone.

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