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Mullen pleased with scrimmage

December 17, 2012

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen watching his players warmup before a game earlier in the year. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)

For Mississippi State there are two phases to a bowl practices.

The first phase is getting the younger guys some reps and getting the veterans a break.
Sunday the first phase ended.

The Bulldogs capped off the first phase with a scrimmage inside the Palmeiro Center due to the rain.
"I wish we could have gone outside in the stadium," MSU head coach Dan Mullen said. "A lot of parents get to come watch their kids play so fun day."

Today the Bulldogs get into the actual preparation for No. 21 (Associated Press) Northwestern. The Bulldogs and Wildcats square off in the TaxSlayer.com Gator Bowl on Tuesday, Jan. 1, 2013 in Jacksonville, Fla.

The scrimmage is a nice transition to the actual gameplan. Mullen was pleased from what he saw from a lot of the younger guys in the scrimmage.

"It was good," Mullen said. "The guys had fun out there playing. That's what this is about. Wrapping things up because (today) the whole focus on everything will change. This is kind of like a mini camp we had and you get to wrap it up with fun scrimmage for this guys."

Many of the starters and older guys did not dress out for the scrimmage, but they were on the sidelines.
Mullen has wanted many of the older guys to teach the younger ones and that was evident on Sunday.

"We talked to them about doing that and making sure they are out coaching, passing on knowledge and advice to the younger guys," Mullen said. "The older guys that didn't practice (Sunday) that are going to back next year, I think that helps them in the leadership role as we move forward."

The defense stole the show for the most part. Redshirt freshman defensive back Zach Jackson led all players with two interceptions. Freshman defensive back Deontay Evans had one pick and led all tacklers with seven.

Redshirt freshman Kendrick Market and freshman Quadry Antoine had one interception a piece.
Linebacker Matt Wells had five tackles, Taveze Calhoun and Ryan Brown and freshman Will Redmond each had three.

Redshirt freshman defensive lineman John Harris had two sacks. Nick James, Richie Brown and Preston Smith each had a sack.

"I liked what I saw from everybody," Mullen said. "They were playing hard, a good effort and enjoying playing the game. Everybody played hard."

Redshirt freshman backup quarterback Dak Prescott ended the day with 103 yards on 11-of-24 passing. He had one touchdown through the air and an interception.

Freshman Jamil Golden was 12-of-27 for 171 yards. He threw two touchdowns but had three interceptions.

The receivers were led by Jameon Lewis with five catches for 67 yards. Joe Morrow had three grabs for 21 yards and a score. Malcolm Johnson had two catches for 11 yards and a touchdown. Rufus Warren caught a 6-yard passing touchdown.

On the ground Josh Robinson had 59 yards on 11 carries. He also scored a touchdown. Derrick Milton had 37 yards on eight attempts.

"The O-line did their job," Robinson said. "They held up their grind and all I can do is what I do."

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