Spring has been all about building depth for Dan Mullen and Mississippi State. Several starters return on both sides of the football, and the outlook is very bright for 2014.
The Bulldogs just revealed new ‘Hail State’ uniforms, and they will host their annual spring game tomorrow. Everyone will be watching Dak Prescott, but how much will he really play?
Dan Mullen challenged Mississippi State fans recently, saying he wants 30,000 fans and not one less. The Bulldogs had 21,000 show up last season. Let’s see how they respond to the call on Super Bulldog Weekend. There’s much optimism in Starkville this year.
Under the microscope
There aren’t really any positions that scare you about State this spring, but I’ll be watching the offensive line. With All-SEC Gabe Jackson and right tackle Charles Siddoway now gone, those are two sizable holes to plug. Left tackle Blaine Clausell, center Dillon Day and right guard Ben Beckwith return a great nucleus. Jamaal Clayborne is slotted for left guard to replace Jackson, and he’s played well this spring. He could be a superstar. However, right tackle still remains a question mark. Damien Robinson has garnered the most first-team reps, but Jocquell Johnson, Cole Carter and Rufus Warren have all shared reps and are working into the rotation.
Arguably the SEC’s top defensive lineman, Chris Jones is set to leave his mark on the league as a sophomore. He lived in backfields all of last year, mostly because of his raw athletic talent. The one thing Jones and the coaching staff have been focused on is his technique. How much has his technique refined? How much attention to detail was paid by Jones on his game? We’ll likely not know those answers in tomorrow’s game, but you’ll get an idea of what he’s been working on to take his game to the next level.
I’m anxious to watch redshirt freshman speedster Brandon Holloway tomorrow. The Bulldogs’ backfield is stacked already with Josh Robinson, Nick Griffin and Ashton Shumpert. Could you imagine if Holloway provides a home run threat? Holloway is an overall athlete who was listed as a receiver last season, and he could thrive in Mullen’s spread attack. Give him the ball in space! His physique will remind you of former LSU special teamer Trindon Holliday, although Holloway is about three inches taller.
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