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Mississippi State spring football scrimmage No. 1 report: Big second half for MSU offense as Tyler Russell shines with 6 TDs

 

 

Mississippi State quarterback Tyler Russell (17 in red) connected with junior receiver Jameon Lewis for three touchdowns in a spring scrimmage Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium.

 

Matt Stevens

 

STARKVILLE - After a slow start, the Mississippi State University offensive units quickly picked up the pace and managed to find points (and I mean actual points, not the contrived point system the Bulldogs coaching staff used) in the second half.  

 

MSU senior-to-be quarterback Tyler Russell shined in those final 60 plays as the projected starter signal caller finished the day 28 of 40 for 307 yards and six touchdown passes.  

 

"There were momentum shifts throughout the scrimmage," Russell said. "We started with terrible field position early but we picked it up in the second half and we got to have that energy in the first and second halves."  

 

Russell, who I thought was in the shotgun today more than under center in practice, seemed to find a comfort zone with veteran wide receivers Jameon Lewis and Robert Johnson throughout the scrimmage. The Dispatch MSU Sports Blog will have a more in-depth feature in Sunday's copy about their breakthrough day in the pass game and how that may be key to the 2013 season as inexperience will be rampant at that position.  

 

"Jameon is a guy that just makes plays, period," Russell said. "My job is just to get him the football somehow because then something is going to happen when he gets it. He's one of those special types of athletes." 

 

MSU struggled to find consistency in the run game all day long except from some random big runs by sophomore tailback Josh Robinson against both the first and second-team defenses. MSU coach Dan Mullen said after the scrimmage he was disappointed with the start by the offense and the subsequently the offensive line play.  

 

"That's the ones that can't start slow," Mullen said. "Even if you're not scoring from some of those positions, you have to get a couple of first downs to flip the field and move the chains." 

 

On the defensive side, MSU senior defensive end Denico Autry had his name called a lot early in the scrimmage as the East Mississippi Community College had five tackles and a pass broken up.  

 

"We kind of went to sleep a little bit in the second half and so we have to stay focused and finish," Autry said.  

 

The rising star on the defensive side of the ball was redshirt freshman linebacker Beniquez Brown was all over the field on the second-team defense with nine tackles, two passes broken up and two tackles for a loss. 

 

"I guess it's hard for me to see a lot of the specifics of guys, because I watch that on the film," Mullen said. "So I'm looking at kind of the big picture. But I think it is. From my vantage point I saw a lot. I saw (defensive end) A.J. Jefferson make a couple of what would appear to be good plays." 

 

The scrimmage managed to be nearly free of any injury concerns if not for a scary moment when senior-to-be tailback LaDarius Perkins  

 

Mississippi State will return to the practice field Monday afternoon at 4 p.m. and will work on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday this week before a 3 p.m. Friday scrimmage at Davis Wade Stadium. Spring practices, all open to fans, will continue until the Maroon-White Spring Game on April 20 at 1 p.m. 

 

 

 

UNOFFICIAL FINAL SCRIMMAGE STATS:  

 

 

 

OVERALL DRIVE CHARTS:  

 

 

 

FIRST TEAM 

 

 

 

First half 

 

· From 25: 3 plays, minus-2 yards 

 

· From 40:  3 plays, 4 yards 

 

· From 25: 5 plays, 39 yards (Note: Fourth-down stop) 

 

· From 2: 8 plays, 67 yards === made 48-yard FG 

 

· From opp. 40: 1 play, 40 yards === Russell to Lewis 40 TD pass 

 

· From 25: 7 plays, 22 yards 

 

· From 40: 5 plays, 25 yards 

 

1H total: 32 plays, 195 yards 

 

 

 

Second half 

 

 

 

· From opp. 25: 3 plays, 25 yards === Russell to Lewis 20 TD pass 

 

· From 25: 10 plays, 75 yards === Russell to F. Brown 40 TD pass 

 

· From opp. 40: 1 play, 40 yards === Russell to Perkins 40 TD pass 

 

· From 40: 8 plays, 60 yards === Russell to Hill 29 TD pass 

 

· From 25: 11 plays, 50 yards === missed FG 

 

· From 35: 7 plays, 65 yards === Russell to Lewis 5 TD pass (Note: TD on 4th and goal) 

 

2H total: 40 plays, 315 yards 

 

TOTALS: 72 plays, 510 yards 

 

 

 

SECOND TEAM 

 

 

 

First half 

 

· From 25: 3 plays, 0 yards 

 

· From opp. 40: 3 plays, 0 yards 

 

· From 25: 3 plays, minus-1 yard 

 

· From opp. 25: 6 plays, 19 yards === missed FG 

 

· From 25: 3 plays, 1 yard 

 

· From 25: 7 plays, 23 yards 

 

· From 40: 6 plays, 41 yards === missed FG 

 

1H total: 31 plays, 83 yards 

 

 

 

Second half 

 

· From 40: 3 plays, 0 yards 

 

· From 2: 3 plays, minus-1 yard 

 

· From opp. 40: 9 plays, 25 yards === made 32-yard FG 

 

· From 25: 8 plays, 26 yards 

 

· From 40: 3 plays, minus-4 yards 

 

· From 35: 8 plays, 29 yards 

 

2H total: 34 plays, 75 yards 

 

TOTALS: 65 plays, 158 yards 

 

 

 

PASSING:  

 

Tyler Russell: 28 for 40, 307 yards, 6 TDs  

 

 

 

Sam Cowart: 10 for 25 for 69 yards  

 

 

 

RUSHING: 

 

LaDarius Perkins: 12 for 27 yards  

 

Derrick Milton: 10 for 29 yards  

 

Josh Robinson: 14 for 90 yards 

 

RECEIVING:  

 

Jameon Lewis: 9 for 143 yards, 3 TDs 

 

Robert Johnson 8 for 78 yards  

 

Fred Brown 4 for 63 yards TD 

 

Joe Morrow 5 for 31 yards 

 

Gus Walley 4 for 31 yards  

 

Rufus Warren 2 for 35 yards  

 

Michael Carr 3 for 41 yards, TD  

 

Jeremey Chappelle 1 for 8 yards  

 

 

 

DEFENSIVE STATS:  

 

 

 

S Jay Hughes - 3 tackles, 

 

DE Denico Autry - 5 tackles, 1 PBU 

 

DT P.J. Jones - 1 tackle, 1 QBH 

 

LB Beniquez Brown - 9 tackles, 2 PBU, 2 TFL 

 

DE A.J. Jefferson - 3 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 FF, 1 sack, 1 PBU, 1 QBH 

 

DT Quay Evans - 2 tackles 

 

LB Zachary Jackson - 2 tackles, 2 PBU, 1 QBH 

 

CB Cedric Jiles - 3 tackles 

 

LB Chris Hughes - 6 tackles, PAT block 

 

DT Kaleb Eulls - 2 tackles 

 

LB Richie Brown - 3 tackles, 1 QBH 

 

CB Jamerson Love - 3 tackles, 1 PBU 

 

DE Preston Smith -  1 tackle, 1 TFL, 1 QBH 

 

LB Deontae Skinner - 4 tackles 

 

CB Justin Cox - 4 tackles, 1 PBU 

 

LB Ferlando Bohanna - 6 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL 

 

S Kendrick Market - 7 tackles, 1 sack, 1 TFL 

 

S Deonte Evans - 3 tackles, 2 PBU, 1 TFL, 1 FF, 1 FR 

 

DT Nick James - 1 tackle, 1 sack, 1 QBH, 1 TFL 

 

LB Benardrick McKinney - 4 tackles, 1 PBU 

 

S Quadry Antoine - 4 tackles 

 

DE Torrey Dale - 1 tackle 

 

DT Curtis Virges - 2 tackles, 1 PBU, 1 QBH 

 

S Nickoe Whitley - 4 tackles, 1 PBU 

 

S Dee Arrington - 5 tackles 

 

LB Matthew Wells - 3 tackles, 2 TFL, 1 sack, 1 PBU 

 

CB Kivon Coman - 3 tackles 

 

DE Jordan Washington - 1 tackle 

 

 

 

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