March 27, 2014 8:04:58 PM
STARKVILLE -- It's a simple analysis to describe how Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen feels about his football team after nearly two weeks of spring workouts: encouraged by the effort, displeased with the execution.
I'll have a detailed feature on MSU quarterbacks coach Brian Johnson's impact on the development of the young players behind center and his relationship with projected starter Dak Prescott.
Here's a simple report over what has transpired throughout the last two practices:
- The MSU coaches clinic took place at the Seal Complex Thursday with former Ole Miss coach Ed Orgeron as the guest speaker for the high school coaches around the state.
"He's a premier coach in the country," Mullen said. "He was on staff at Syracuse with John Hevesy and even on staff with me at Syracuse for two minutes. He's one of the top defensive line coaches in the country with what he had at Miami and then at Southern California. Look at last year, I mean, as good a job as you'll find in as difficult a situation as he had to take over and then to do the job he did is amazing."
- The injury pit gained another a new member Thursday in the form of senior wide receiver Jeremey Chappelle as the junior college transfer from Texas pulled up after individual drills and started riding the excursive bike before rejoining 11-on-11 team drills.
- In back-to-back practices, Kivon Coleman got an interception with the second one being on a deflection off the helmet of receiver Gabe Myles.
- Jordan Washington had sacks on back-to-back plays as quarterback Nick Fitzgerald continues to struggle with recognition on when the ball has to be released after the drop.
"If he's making the right reads, then he can coach the other parts of it," Mullen said. "It means he's getting what is going on and then we'll correct the arm angle and the footwork. That's why we're there as coaches."
- Redshirt freshman tight end BJ Hammond had a solid day by taking on the blocking drills without problems and made some tough catches in traffic Thursday.
- Thursday's practice session ended with field goal attempts and sophomore Evan Sobiesk connected easily on 4 of 5 kicks including a 47-yard attempt to end the practice. Sobiesk pushed a 42-yard attempt wide right but responded on the kick five yards back to make it with 5-8 yards of leeway.
"Sobes did a pretty good job today with making a 47-yard field goal and that was for sprints so there was something on the line," Mullen said. "We're trying to keep them under pressure situation."
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