April 3, 2012 10:48:10 PM
STARKVILLE -- Big plays on both sides of the line of scrimmage were destined to happen on the Mississippi State University spring football practice field.
The reason was simple: it was blitz day where the defensive players were told to take chances and the pass rushes were installed during the Bulldogs nearly three-hour workout Tuesday.
"Today was a big, big blitz day," MSU coach Dan Mullen said. "High risk, high reward on defense. You saw some high risks with the big plays given up and high reward with a lot of turnovers."
Here's a couple of nuggets that I picked up from the near three-hour workout that left a lot of confidence and smiles from the MSU staff.
- The blitzing packages even resulted in a friendly debate between MSU senior linebacker Cam Lawrence and junior quarterback Tyler Russell because allegedly the signal caller changing the protections at the line of scrimmage before the snap.
"With his knowledge of what we're doing on defense, there were times he changed things up and would've had no clue what we're doing without help from Coach Mullen," Lawrence said with a laugh.
- Both quarterbacks (Russell and Dak Prescott) threw an interception to MSU defensive back Zack Jackson Tuesday. Jackson, in a great day of practice, also had a fumble recovery in the scrimmage part of the day.
- Russell looked confident Tuesday in changing the protections at the line of the scrimmage based on the MSU blitz packages. It is more clearer, at least to this reporter that Russell will be given more responsibility in this regard than previous Bulldogs signal caller.
- Josh Robinson was very impressive with long runs finding the seam in the blitzes during Tuesday's practice against the second-string defenses.
- Deonte Skinner had another big hit against a pass over the middle that was similar to the hit he had Saturday afternoon.
- MSU running back Derek Milton had a fumble, which was recovered by Jackson, and got an earful from Bulldogs running backs coach Greg Knox after saying he thought the play was over.
The next practice is Thursday starting at 4:30 p.m. which is of course, open to the public.
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