November 3, 2008

Croom talks after Monday practice

The Mississippi State Bulldogs went back to work Monday with an hour and a half practice session.

The Bulldogs are coming off the heels of a disappointing 14-13 loss to Kentucky this past Saturday. Head coach Sylvester Croom said his team did not make the plays necessary to win after watching the film.

"Obviously, we didn't make plays," Croom said. "We had several opportunities. The biggest thing is our guards didn't play well. We had some guys that didn't make some plays and we are real disappointed."

Several players did catch his eye such as tight end Brandon Henderson who had a career high two catches for 45 yards against the Wildcats.

"He has played well," Croom said of Henderson. "He really has. He has come a long way since the season has started. He wasn't playing well early. He was one of those guys that wasn't blocking well and wasn't playing well. He has a lot of growing up to do and it looks like he has finally done it. Saturday's performance was really outstanding. He tweaked his hamstring Thursday and then I saw him hurt it in the game. I pulled him out but he went back and I think he made two more catches after that."

He also lauded the play of safety Derek Pegues, who had seven tackles and broke up two passes this past Saturday.

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