April 3, 2010

Defense dominates first scrimmage

Mississippi State held their first big scrimmage of the spring Saturday morning with the defense establishing itself early to win.

The Bulldogs defense was beleaguered during Friday afternoon's practice but came back confident and made the necessary adjustments during the scrimmage.

"It's always a tough thing," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen "Was our offense really bad today or was our defense really good? It's a tough thing to figure out in the spring. We'll go back and watch the film. A lot of it is I just want to see improvement and see individual effort on the field. Hopefully the defense corrected the mistakes they made yesterday and the offense needs to come out Tuesday and correct the mistakes we made today to become a fundamentally better football team."

The defensive success started up front where a host of defensive tackles and ends spent most of the morning in the backfield harassing the quarterbacks and stuffing the run.

"They were just coming off the ball," Mullen said. "It wasn't a pretty day or a pretty meeting for the defense last night after yesterday's practice. The offense was moving the ball up and down the field at will and we didn't move the ball in a scrimmage situation play after play. The meeting wasn't real friendly and they came out and responded today to what happened yesterday at practice."

New defensive coordinator Manny Diaz lived up to his word bringing blitzes from everywhere using both the linebackers and safeties.

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