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MSU 2012 spring football practice update No. 4 - First day in pads brings more evaluations



Matt Stevens


STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State University football brought out a critical element today to any form of the sport - shoulder pads.  


Shoulder pads equals contact and contact equals the first accurate depection of what the coaching staff wants to see as they slowly install the basic offensive and defensive systems.  


"We got so many different guys reps out there with 1s, 2s and 3s then you really got to look and evaluate it on film on the relevant improvement of certain players," MSU coach Dan Mullen said.  


The first day in pads and the intensity going up a notch for the lineman on both sides of the ball will be a feature component to my piece in Wednesday's edition of the The Dispatch. 


"We're finally out of pajamas so it's kind of nice," MSU defensive coordinator Chris Wilson said. "(It was) ugly to be quite honest but in reality it's kind of what I expected." 




Here's a couple of notes that The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog picked up on during the second two-hour workout of the spring.  




- MSU spokesperson Joe Galbraith confirmed Tuesday running backs Derrick Milton and Josh Robinson were absent today with flu-like symptoms. Senior cornerback Corey Broomfield spent some time in the injury pit Tuesday with what appeared to be a nagging ankle injury but was able to return for 11-on-11 work near the end of the practice. No surprise but Mullen declined to elaborate on injuries.  



- Spoke to former East Mississippi Community College defensive end Denico Autry after practice and the junior college All-American selection from last year was working some with the first-team defensive unit despite only knowing "one or two installs" down right now. 


"I'm feel I'm a little behind but I'm working on it," Autry said. "I just got to keep working out and stay humble." 




- One of the more impressive offensive plays of the day was a touchdown pass from Tyler Russell to Chris Smith where the junior quarterback simply scrambled to sling the ball gunslinger style to his Meridian High School teammate and Smith ran the final 40 yards on the play. The impressive aspect of the play was it was a timing throw so MSU defensive back Louis Watson thought he had a sure interception when the ball left Russell's hand.  




- LaDarius Perkins continued to work with the first-string offense as the primary tailback with Nick Griffin working with Dak Prescott and the second-string.  




The next practice is Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. which is of course, open to the public.  




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