August 16, 2008

Second scrimmage similar to first

Saturday's second scrimmage for Mississippi State showed many similarities to it's first.

The Bulldogs offense moved the ball down the field but again it had trouble once it moved inside the red zone.

Head coach Sylvester Croom offered several answers for the Bulldogs inability to finish drives.

"I thought our defense played well in the red zone," Croom said. "We moved the ball out in the open field and then the offense didn't perform well in the red zone today. That's something we've got to spend more time on next week. We didn't use a lot of the stuff we normally use because there are too many cell phones and cameras out here."

Another red zone issue that has plagued MSU so far in camp has been the number of penalties. The yellow flags showed up Saturday at the worst times.

"The thing I was disappointed with and a lot of the reason the offense didn't move well in the red zone were the penalties," Croom said. "We had penalties on first down and you can't have penalties in the red zone. With the way our kickers are kicking, when we cross the 30-yard line, we should be automatic on field goals. But then we get penalties that throw us out of field goal range or we get the thing down in there close with a pretty good situation to get it in the end zone and you get a penalty and come up with second-and-long or third-and-long. That puts you behind the 8-ball."

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