Moorhead happy with scrimmage of Bulldogs

Joe Moorhead

Staff Writer

The days are rolling off the calendar as Mississippi State gets closer to its season opener on September 1 against Stephen F. Austin.

The Bulldogs took one more step in their preseason development on Saturday night when they held their second scrimmage of training camp.

With players’ families looking on – invited to attend both practice and a post-workout cookout – head coach Joe Moorhead seemed to be overly happy with the scrimmage.

“It was exciting,” Moorhead said. “From a pure scrimmage standpoint, I think it was representative of our camp as a whole. It was like a 15-round heavyweight bout. Offense had its moments. Defense had its moments. We worked on all phases on special teams. We got a ton of work done. I was very pleased. It’s exactly where we needed to be. Was the precision there? No. But it was another positive step in the right direction.”

From all indications, it has been a productive couple of weeks for Moorhead and the Bulldogs. MSU has started to answer some of its concerns.

“Each position group has had its moments,” Moorhead said. “I think relative to the outside questions or program’s questions that needed to be answered, I’ve been very pleased with the development of the wide receiver crew and very excited with our defensive line obviously. We’re going to be battle-tested on the (offensive) line getting to go against those guys too. (Defensive line coach Brian Baker) does an unbelievable job. They all play with a great motor and are very physical, so I think those are two areas that have kind of stood out.”

State will continue workouts this week. The Bulldogs will practice Monday and Tuesday, scrimmage again on Wednesday, then take a day off Thursday before beginning preparations for Stephen F. Austin on Friday.

Moorhead simply wants to see his team keep making strides forward with the season looming just around the corner.

“We need improvement in everything,” Moorhead said. “I don’t think we’re necessarily where we need to be at any phase or any position, but we’re a heck of a lot closer now than we were in spring and a heck of a lot closer after practice 12 than we were after practice one. The progression of the installation and taking information from the meeting room to the field and the kids executing at a high level, this is as good of any first-time installation – offensively, defensively and special teams – that I’ve been around. I’m very optimistic but glad we still have two more weeks to prepare.”