August 19, 2010

Bulldogs prep for only fall scrimmage

Mississippi State returned to practice Thursday evening after taking the previous day off due to school beginning.

The Bulldogs worked inside the Palmeiro Center following afternoon showers in preparation for their first and only scrimmage of the fall on Friday night.

Head coach Dan Mullen was back in town following his visit to ESPN headquarters in Bristol, Conn., and hopes to find out more about his more inexperienced players during the scrimmage.

"I just want to see some execution from some guys that haven't played a whole lot," Mullen said. "The guys that have played a lot, I'm not going to walk out of the scrimmage feeling good that Derek Sherrod did a good job because he's started for three years and he should. It's still some of the guys that are growing up that I want to see."

Mullen hopes to run 65 plays with the starters and another 65 plays with the second team units during the scrimmage and will mix things up between the two units as well.

"It's a lot of ones versus ones because on the field they are playing against other ones," Mullen said. "But we'll rotate a lot of guys in with the ones and sometimes twos to see how they perform in those situations."

MSU will also work some on their special teams units as well during the scrimmage.

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