April 11, 2013

MSU prepares for scrimmage indoors

Inclement weather chased Mississippi State indoors Thursday afternoon.

But the Bulldogs went in just helmets and shoulder pads on the day as they prepare for their second major scrimmage of the spring Friday at 3:30 p.m. inside Davis Wade Stadium.

During MSU's first spring scrimmage last Saturday the offense struggled in the first half but came out to score on five touchdown passes from Tyler Russell in six drives in the second. Head coach Dan Mullen is hoping to see more consistency on both sides of the ball the second time around on Friday.

"I'd like to see it a lot better," Mullen said. "It's going to be the same style of scrimmage tomorrow. We just want to see improvement, cleaner execution and following up on stuff. We've got to pick up the tempo."

The defense this spring has seen a lot of changes - and not just the two new coaches and a coordinator. The defensive depth chart has been different each day in order to get players reps next fall and keep fresh legs on the field.

Linebacker is one position where the Bulldogs have built their fair share of depth. MSU did lose leading tackler Cameron Lawrence but will at talented redshirt freshmen Richie Brown and Beniquez Brown to the fold when the season starts.

"I think it's the one group where we've got a little bit of depth and experience," Mullen said. "There's guys who have played some football and also some young talent. With that group, the more competition you see the better they'll get."

Richie Brown made the biggest defensive play on Thursday by picking off Sam Cowart and returning it for a 60-plus yard touchdown during the scrimmage portion of practice inside the Palmeiro Center.

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