April 10, 2010

State holds Saturday scrimmage in the stadium

While the spring game may not be until next weekend, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen stressed that this Saturday's scrimmage was of vital importance.

The Bulldogs took things inside Davis Wade Stadium for the first time this spring with a 118-play session pitting the first, second and third team offenses and defenses against one another.

"This was probably our biggest scrimmage of the spring," Mullen said. "Next weekend is hopefully going to be a showcase. It will be an opportunity for a lot of fans to really see Tyler (Russell) and Chris (Relf) compete. The best test for the quarterbacks will be next week to see how they perform in front of a big crowd."

While the offense lost their second straight scrimmage, it still managed 251 rushing yards on 69 attempts and 330 yards passing on 49 throws.

Mullen was pleased with the overall execution by both of his signal callers.

"I thought the quarterbacks played pretty well all day today," Mullen said. "We're still very, very inexperienced at the receiver position and not very deep at all. I'll bet it's more on the receivers today than the quarterbacks. We've just got to get that stuff cleaned up."

Relf led the first team offense during the scrimmage while Russell directed the second unit. Relf completed 12-of-23 passing for 210 yds including a 68-yard touchdown pass on 3rd-and-20 to Leon Berry and an interception. He also picked up 49 yards on the ground on a dozen totes.

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