Bulldogs hold scrimmage at Davis Wade Stadium

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DANNY P. SMITH
Staff Writer

It may still be a little more than a week before the Mississippi State Bulldogs are running onto the surface of Davis Wade Stadium for a real game.

On Wednesday, the Bulldogs got about as close as you could get to that without fans in the stands and the cowbells clanging.

MSU held its second preseason scrimmage of fall camp, but unlike the first time that took place on the practice field of the Seal Complex, it was staged where the Bulldogs will be in for the season against Stephen F. Austin on September 1.

Being able to look up and see the surroundings of Davis Wade Stadium was even enough to energize MSU head coach Joe Moorhead.

"I had a little pep in my step," Moorhead said on Wednesday night. "Any time you have an opportunity to go into the stadium, be under the lights and to see the young guys have big eyes even though there wasn't a consequence to the performance outside the competition, it felt good for me to be in there just to imagine the sound of the bells."

The Bulldogs participated in the Dawg Walk and ran out of the tunnel onto the field just like they will on game day.

Moorhead wanted his players and coaches to experience much of what games in Starkville were going to be like.

There were some differences.

MSU played two 15-minute quarters with the travel squad going against the non-travel squad, but the coaches utilized the headsets so all of the kinks with the communication could be worked out.

"I'd rather have those things get ironed out now than on the 1st," Moorhead said. "We did that whole process and went through our pre-game routine from stretch to everything. We had some good competition there."

The Bulldogs also worked on the 2-minute drill during Wednesday's scrimmage, took a break and then focused on special situations on offense, defense and special teams.

"We kind of went through some areas you may not practice during the course of camp, but glad to get covered before the season," Moorhead said.

With the second scrimmage under their belt, the MSU coaching staff will begin meeting today and start making decisions on where to place personnel.

Moorhead has a pretty good idea where everything stands already, but wants input from his assistants.

"We'll meet with all three phases and put together depth charts," Moorhead said. "We'll know where we're headed for the first practice for Stephen F. Austin on Friday."

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