April 8, 2010

Bulldogs workout for area coaches

Mississippi State's coaching staff had plenty of eyes watching their every move at Thursday's ninth practice of the spring.

The Bulldogs held their annual coaches' clinic with over 300 area high school and community college coaches spending the entire day on campus attending meetings and watching the staff at practice.

"It was great," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "I think we had 300-something high school coaches and junior college coaches out here at practice today. We had a clinic today. We were done with instillation and it was a great learning experience for them to come out see all the individual work and get to see how we coach each position. I hope they got a lot out of it, a lot of drills and things that they can take back to their teams and work with their individual instruction."

The Bulldogs practiced for just over two hours Thursday working mainly on individual and positional drills before a brief scrimmage session at the end of practice.

There was one pretty noticeable positional change that occurred as Arceto Clark made a move back to wide receiver after spending all of spring practice working at corner. The move was prompted as redshirt freshman walk-on receiver Sam Williams suffered a torn ACL which will require surgery next week.

"We had a couple of injuries and Arceto has been a receiver," Mullen said. "I just talked to him and he's gotten a lot of work on defense. I don't know if that's permanent. It's kind of a team move that he made and was an unselfish move for him for him to come back. With Sam Williams getting injured, we just have no depth at receiver. I think we are down to about four or five scholarship receivers and that's it. It's hard to run a spread offense with no receivers."

The latest blows to the receiving corps put added pressure on players like Brandon Heavens and Chris Smith, who both underachieved playing as true freshmen.

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