August 14, 2012

Mullen recaps first scrimmage

Mississippi State returned to the practice fields Tuesday morning following their first major scrimmage of the fall.

But according to head coach Dan Mullen, Monday's scrimmage was just a warm up. The Bulldogs will have an even bigger scrimmage coming up Saturday inside Davis Wade Stadium.

"It was good," Mullen said of Monday's work. "We got a lot done, a lot accomplished. We put young guys in some game situations, which is what you want to see. The older guys performed pretty well. But we've got another big scrimmage Saturday where we'll see more, and you really start to get an idea how you're going to start rotating guys and playing in formation, the formation of guys that will be on the field for us. That was kind of their after-installation experience, let them go play. We have a couple of days now to review it, and then get it all again on Saturday in the stadium. Because the next time we go live it will count for real."

Mullen is integrating 19 scholarship true freshmen though their transition into college football. With fall camp closing in on its third week it is no surprise that some are still adjusting to the work load.

"College football is very, very different from high school football," Mullen said. "I think a lot of those guys are just trying to hang on, and realize how hard we actually work here. I guess we talk about it all the time, they know that when they come here, that's what they're coming to sign-on for. Then the reality of doing it is a little bit different."

MSU lost two starters at safety in Charles Mitchell and Wade Bonner, both of which are currently on NFL rosters. Junior Nickoe Whitley is returning from a ruptured Achilles tendon leaving several guys with some big shoes to fill.

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