December 14, 2010

Favre leads the offense to victory

During this first week Mississippi State has let its younger players have their chances to showcase their talents.

On Tuesday future signal caller Dylan Favre did just that. The true freshman rallied the offense from a 5-1 deficit during red zone drills with five straight touchdowns to win the day.

Favre scored three of the touchdowns on the ground and ran over freshman defensive back Jay Hughes on another run. The 5-foot-11, 190-pounder made the game-winning touchdown on a 3-yard scamper high-stepping his way into the end zone on a naked bootleg and diving across the goal line before he could be hit by Dennis Thames.

"It was a good red zone scrimmage," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "The defense up 5-1 and the offense scored five straight touchdowns to win it. It's something we have to learn as a team. The defense had the offense down and then let them back in it. They didn't put them away. When you become a great football team you have to do that. We had some opportunities with teams we could have put away this season and we let them hang around in the game. We've got to learn to put teams away when you have them down."

Quarterbacks were live during the scrimmage portion of practice for the first time since training camp. But despite the defense's desire to finally get their licks in on the cocky Favre they simply were unable to.

"They've been wanting to hit Dylan for a while, so I'm surprised they didn't get more of a piece of him," Mullen said. "I'm sure now we've got to listen to him talk and all that stuff."

Another play that excited Mullen during the scrimmage was the collision on the kickoff team when freshman linebacker Christian Holmes hit redshirt freshman safety Nickoe Whitley head on in coverage.

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