Mike Leach announced on Saturday after Mississippi State kickers missed several field goal attempts that there would be open tryouts to find a new kicker.

Leach said on Wednesday on the SEC coaches media teleconference that about 40 students signed up, and “Whatever we do as far as kicking-wise, we’ll decide that this week.”

He called the situation a work in progress and added that the students are still getting their paperwork together, and the coaching staff hasn’t seen them kick.

“I’m sure they’ll come in all shapes and sizes,” Leach said.

About the Auburn running game, which Leach and State will face this week, he said, “They run the ball pretty good and have good running backs. They’re pretty good.”