August 15, 2013 9:47:31 PM
STARKVILLE - Big plays defined Mississippi State University's closed scrimmage Thursday at Davis Wade Stadium.
At least that's what MSU coach Dan Mullen said to reporters after the 160-play, two-hour session at the Seal Family Football Complex but doesn't exactly know how to evaluate the action yet.
"I don't know if that's good or bad till we see it on film," Mullen said about the big plays. "You want to make sure a big play is because all 11 players are executing instead of somebody made a terrible mistake."
Mullen said the pass catchers at wide receiver and tight end that made a lot of the missed assignments and dropped passes (such as Malcolm Johnson, Rufus Warren, Fred Ross, Fred Brown etc.) still aren't practicing so evaluating improvement is impossible for those players.
"I evaluate so much so I'm not really looking to see (something specific)," Mullen said. "A lot of times I'm looking at something down the field and I'm looking at something else completely (than the result) to see we're executing properly."
Here's a couple of other tidbits from Mullen after the scrimmage (Again, please understand that this information is completely unverified and based solely on the comments from MSU's fifth-year coach because the scrimmage was not open to the media):
- Mullen mentioned three true freshman as players that stood out to him in the scrimmage for specific plays: defensive end Chris Jones, wide receiver D'Runnya Wilson and running back Ashton Shumpert.
"He's coming along and learning the game a little bit (but) he's got a long way to go to learn how to (execute)," Mullen said. "I don't imagine he'll grade real high but I know he made a bunch of big plays. Being consistent is going to be just as important."
- Mullen discussed the team's bowling trip after practice to get their mind off football for a little while.
"I wanted to keep a good attitude going toward today's scrimmage and so wanted to do something fun and keep that energy and juice for that," Mullen said. "We'll have a short non-padded practice Sunday to make up for what we missed."
- Mullen also said he was impressed with the work in the kicking game situations with sophomore Devon Bell.
"Devon Bell did really well and was really consistent, which is what we expect him to be," Mullen said. "He's a hard worker and very focused at doing things the right way. How he handles his business is what you want out of your kickers."
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