March 31, 2012 2:58:16 PM
STARKVILLE -- In front of several junior prospects and their families, the Mississippi State University football team showcased some big offensive plays in the pass game Saturday.
The Bulldogs offense particularly shined during the red zone situational work.
Both quarterbacks Tyler Russell and Dak Prescott had success throwing to receivers Arceto Clark, Chris Smith and Robert Johnson in the spread-option attack.
"At times (the offense) was good," MSU coach Dan Mullen said. "I like what I see scoring touchdowns (and) real disappointed scoring touchdowns. At times the offense looked real good, and then it didn't look, it looked real bad. When you start counting negative plays and sacks, they can be real game changers. We have to clean up the consistency part."
Here's some nuggets The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog was able to pick up on as the day went by:
- In the second drive of the scrimmage, Tyler Russell hit Brandon Heavens over the top of the MSU defense for a 50-yard touchdown pass. In the roller coaster ride of Saturday's scrimmage for the junior signal caller, Russell throw an interception on a dump-off pass that was picked off by linebacker Deonte Skinner after star transfer Denico Autry provided pressure.
- The Russell to tight end Malcolm Johnson is going to be a safety option for the MSU passing game as the two hooked up for a couple of nice pitch-and-catch plays.
- When he wasn't looking a little tired with the amount of snaps he was seeing consecutively, Autry looked pretty dominant and even showed some jumping ability on a pass deflection of Russell Saturday.
- Russell hit Arceto Clark on a 25-yeard touchdown catch down the sideline on a back shoulder throw that was a tough grab for the senior receiver.
- Dak Prescott found tailback LaDarius Perkins on a wheel route play where the junior quickly got past linebacker Chris Hughes on his way to a 25-yard touchdown.
- Josh Robinson, who showed some explosiveness hitting the hole today, had a couple of touchdown runs in the red-zone and goal-line situations.
- Prescott and tailback Nick Griffin on a touchdown pass.
- MSU linebacker Fernando Bohanna with a big blow-up hit in a goal-line situation. On the next play, Derrick Milton (the running back that Bohanna knocked back) fumbled the football but offensive lineman Ben Beckwith recovered the ball and scored the final touchdown of the day.
The next spring practice, which is of course, open to the public is Tuesday at 4:30 p.m.
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