What we learned during Mississippi State’s spring practice

NCAA Football: Troy at Mississippi State

SDS will be taking a tour around the conference and looking at each team’s progress – or lack thereof – made during spring camp. Next up, Mississippi State.

Here’s what we learned during Mississippi State’s spring practice:

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Mullen feels great about QB depth: The Bulldogs are practically enjoying the quarterback depth. Dak Prescott is the obvious starter, but backups Damian Williams and Nick Fitzgerald showed this spring there’s quality depth; Williams flashed ability last season when he filled in for injured Prescott and Tyler Russell. Along with quality depth, new quarterback coach in Brian Johnson, who came over from Utah this offseason, should have an impact. With the running game being a major asset with Prescott, there’s a nice chance he could get banged up. That’s the risk coaches take with running quarterbacks, but Williams is more than capable as the backup and a year more seasoned. The Bulldogs are in good shape with respect to quarterback depth.

Receivers are loaded: Depth isn’t at all an issue for the Bulldogs’ receiving corps. In fact, they’re loaded. Leading receiver Jameon Lewis headlines a deep receiving corps that’s evolving every week: Robert Johnson, Malcolm Johnson (TE), De’Runnya Wilson, Joe Morrow, Fred Ross and Fred Brown. Where do you want me to stop? That’s six legitimate targets, and a plethora of ability surrounds Dak Prescott. All he has to do is manage the offense and not worry about doing it all himself.

The defense is ready for next step: Collectively, the MSU defense was underrated last season, and they’ll still be underrated this season. Not many will take them seriously, other than a few select players in Chris Jones and Benardrick McKinney, and MSU is right where they want to be: quiet assassins out to ruin somebody’s season. There’s quality depth at all three levels, including last year’s rebuilt secondary.

Big year ahead? You just get the sense hearing the coaches and the players talk that this has to be MSU’s year. The roster is loaded with veteran players on both sides of the ball, and the schedule sets up perfectly. Will this be the year Mississippi State turns heads and beats a top-ranked opponent? I would argue this will be Mullen’s best team yet.

Let’s break down the biggest takeaways of every spring practice:

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  • Thanks for the article Jon. Unlike some writers you did your homework and didn’t just rehash other writers stuff because this is a good analysis. Unlike some other readers I feel you are fair and balanced in your coverage of Mississippi State and other Mississippi teams.

  • Same here Jon. A lot of people forget that we won the SEC west in 99 all they see is the doom of Croom era ( even though we did beat Bama under him ) . In my opinion Croom did more to hurt State than a good head coach could fix in a few years. With that said I think Mullen is on the right path as is Hugh Freeze to put Mississippi back in place to compete for the West. As for your article I always enjoy your work because you do your homework. Good or bad you always tell it like it is. Keep up the good work.

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