December 12, 2011 11:23:00 PM
STARKVILLE -- Monday was just another day for Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen to work with young players that will be significant parts of the 2012 season depth chart.
LaDarius Perkins and Josh Robison were the running backs that were primarily running with first-team snaps behind quarterback Tyler Russell once the Bulldogs went to team 11-on-11 drills.
In Tuesday's edition of The Dispatch, you'll see a notebook that leads with Russell being seriously involved in the development of true freshman Dak Prescott as the Louisiana product will likely go into the 2012 season as the backup.
The most noticeable in bowl preparation for the 2011 Gator Bowl was the moving of defensive tackle James Carmon to offense at left tackle as the 345-pound transfer from Gulf Coast Community College worked with the first-team offense in the hope of finding a replacement for All-SEC first team selection Derek Sherrod.
This season and specifically Monday was about moving redshirt freshman Damien Robinson to right tackle to possibly replace Addison Lawrence next season.
Robinson has gotten a lot of work this year on field goal units and as the backup guard position but was working at right tackle for the first time since the summer of his first season.
"We're trying to find out how young players fit the best because now they know what they're doing," Mullen said.
Two years ago Robinson was selected to play in the U.S. Army All American Game in San Antonio at left tackle and was named first-team All-Atate in Class 6A high school football by the
Mississippi Association of Coaches. A former four-star prospect from Olive Branch High School choose the Bulldogs over Mississippi, Alabama, Arkansas, Auburn, Florida
State, LSU, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Tennessee and UAB.
"He's doing pretty well and has worked hard I can say that," Mullen said. "As a freshman, you expect him to be a certain level and understand the game."
All of the Dispatch MSU Sports Blog readers: feel free to follow me on Twitter at http://twitter.com/matthewcstevens for up-to-date Mississippi State coverage.
4. A Stone's Throw: Waving flags COLUMNS