August 9, 2008

MSU scores in all facets in scrimmage

There were three touchdowns scored in Mississippi State's first scrimmage on Saturday but it wasn't necessarily encouraging.

The Bulldogs offense only found the end zone once and was picked off twice and stuffed inside the 5-yard line on four consecutive plays.

"We definitely didn't start off the way we could have or should have," said quarterback Wesley Carroll. "We had too many mental mistakes. We just didn't pay close enough attention to details on some things which let to killing a drive or forced errors."

The offense finally got on the board on it's eighth drive as Christian Ducre punched it in from 3-yards out.

Head coach Sylvester Croom looked rather displeased with his team afterwards as he spoke briefly with media.

"The good things we did today were Tay Bowser had great effort," Croom said. "Jamie Jones is challenging for the starting middle linebacker spot. He played outstanding today. Our tempo on offence was good; our tackling on defense was good. The goal line stand by the defense was very good.

"Our punters were poor. Our blitz pick-up on offense was poor. We had too many turnovers on offense. We're not tough on offense. We've got too many players that want to coach and do what they want to do. I'm going to put a stop to all that next week."

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