April 2, 2009

Bulldogs work indoors and outdoors

There was plenty of critiquing going on at Mississippi State's practice on Thursday.

Bulldog head coach Dan Mullen and his staff welcomed over 250 high school coaches to campus for a coaching clinic and most of them took the opportunity to watch the two and a half hour practice.

"It was great today," Mullen said. "We had over 250 high school coaches out at practice and at the clinic watching things. That was pretty good."

MSU practiced in shoulder pads and shorts on Thursday and began the first half of practice out on the practice fields. But the storm clouds moved in forcing things indoors in the Palmeiro Center.

The Bulldogs are still trying to overcome a lack of depth at receiver due to injury. But Mullen has been working running backs and tight ends into the mix of his spread offense and could see some passes flying their way this fall.

"We're just trying to get those (tight ends and running backs) to learn to run routes," Mullen said. "In a spread offense, it's all about mismatches. If we have a tight end that's a mismatch out in the open field, then that makes him a great target for us and a number one option in the offense. Same thing with a running back, same with a receiver. We're going to utilize all those guys and try to create matchups on the field."

One of the healthy wide receivers that has had to make adjustments because of the injuries is junior college transfer Leon Berry. Berry was a go-to receiver in Thursday's light scrimmage inside the Palmeiro Center.

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