March 31, 2012

Red zone offense pleases Mullen

Mississippi State spent a good portion of their practice on Saturday working on their red zone packages.

The Bulldogs went for an extended period of scrimmaging concentrating on their play inside the 20-yard line and on the goal line. At the end of the day however it was the offense who emerged victorious.

"At times they were good," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "I like who I see scoring touchdowns. I was real disappointed in our defense when we got down to the red zone at the end. On offense you also need consistency and at times I thought the offense looked real good and then when it didn't look good it looked real bad. When you get into games and start counting some of these sacks and negative plays, they can be real game-changers. We've got to clean up the consistency part but keep the big plays intact."

Normally this early in spring it is the defense has the advantage over their offensive counterparts. But that was not the case Saturday for the Bulldogs.

"Usually when you get into the first scrimmage the defense is ahead of the offense," Mullen said. "I think just the experience in the passing game for us really kind of balances that out this spring. The receivers and quarterback has a lot of experience and can even offset some of the stuff with the offensive line developing."

Rising junior quarterback Tyler Russell is emerging as the leader of the offense. Russell is atop the depth chart behind center and is showing poise and a solid knowledge of the offense this spring.

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