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Air Bulldogs: MSU looks to throw during workout

April 1, 2012

MSU football coach Dan Mullen, left, watches as quarterback Tyler Russell throws during Saturday's scrimmage. (Photo by Michael Wardlaw, SDN)

Mississippi State continues to march through spring football and for the roughly 200 prospects on hand for Junior Day, they saw the Bulldog offense go to the air.

Tyler Russell and Dak Prescott made the throws they needed to make while the veteran receivers took advantage of the defense, scoring touchdowns along the way.

“I like what I see in scoring touchdowns, but I don’t like what the defense did in the redzone,” said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. “At times, the offense looked really good and when it didn’t look really good, it looked really bad. When you get into game situations these negative plays can be really game changers so we’ve got to clean up the consistency part and keep the big plays.”

During spring football, coaches will say the defense typically out-performs the offense, but not this time around.

“Usually when you get into the first scrimmage you see that the defense is ahead of the offense, but I think our experience on offense really balances that out a little bit,” said Mullen.

Arceto Clark and Brandon Heavens made acrobatic catches and displayed the propensity make people miss as they put on a show for the offense.

“All of the receivers are making some really good catches,” said Russell. “All I have to do is throw it to an area and they’ll be there.

We spent a lot of time in the offseason putting in some passing plays and we’ve really got it down to some plays that we can execute.”
Mullen credits Russell for acting his age and leading the offense.

“Tyler, I’m real pleased with his attitude toward the game,” he said. “You know, when you have an older quarterback, you want him to come out and play that way on the field."

Prescott, on the other hand, is making plays and feeling his way through the process.

“Dak is getting a lot of reps right now and he’s a pretty competitive guy and I like what I’m seeing out of him,” Mullen said. “He takes it so personally when he makes mistakes. We know he can make plays now he just needs to manage the offense too.”

The one area many were concerned about heading into spring camp was the offensive line. At this point, the line is still a work in progress but Mullen likes the pieces he has to work with.

“It is just the little things with them and it is a long time before they have to play,” Mullen said. “I’ve seen some progress, but obviously we are going to have to see accelerated progress from them if we want to be successful this fall.”

The Bulldogs return to the practice field Tuesday afternoon in the neighborhood of 4:30 p.m. with the public welcome to attend.

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