March 28, 2009

Bulldogs strap on the pads

After two days in only helmets the Mississippi State players strapped on the pads Saturday morning for the first time this spring.

The Bulldogs worked for around two and a half hours in full gear and had a spirited scrimmage to conclude the day.

"That's what we want to see," said head coach Dan Mullen. "We'll get to go in and watch the film all day. It's like Christmas morning right now. We get to go in and see what type of hand we've been dealt and see who can play, who likes contact and who's physical. The first couple of days are some learning but until you get in pads you can't tell all that much."

It was a competition the entire day between the offense and the defense in every contact drill. The defense had a commanding lead heading into the scrimmage but the offense picked up ground once the scrimmage began and took the lead for good once goal line drills began.

"There offense found a way to win the scrimmage there at the end even though the defense was up big," Mullen said. "I was pleased to see that. I was really disappointed with the execution in the first down scrimmage that we had with the offense but they really toughend up when we got down to the goal line. We punched the ball in a whole bunch and that was the whole deal today. When you get down to the goal line that's crunch time and the offense came through and made a lot of plays in the end."

One area of concern the first year head coach can see from his new squad is a lack of depth at receiver. With Brandon McRae still recovering from offseason surgery and Delmon Robinson not full speed because of a tweaked hamstring, the Bulldogs had only a handful of wideouts available for the scrimmage.

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