By LEE ADAMS
Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen confirmed Saturday that sophomore quarterback Dylan Favre has decided to transfer.
Favre, who played in nine games for the Bulldogs this season, was noticeably missing on the practice field Saturday during the first workout for the Music City Bowl which will be played on Dec. 30 in Nashville, Tenn.
Mullen put to rest the speculation midweek that Favre was planning to leave MSU.
"Dylan has decided to transfer and we wish him the best," Mullen said. "He has our full support with everything and did a great job for us in his time here."
Many believe the reason behind Favre's transfer to Pearl River Community College was a playing time issue, but Mullen said "I'll let him explain it."
Favre took snaps in five games this season and was 13-of-26 passing for 119 yards and threw one touchdown. He also rushed for two touchdowns this season. Since he has transferred out Dak Prescott was taking snaps with the third team, but it's not for sure that he will be filling Favre's role of the emergency quarterback.
"We'll figure that out," said Mullen. "Our two guys are pretty tough and we'll let them suck it up and finish it."
Another Bulldog who wasn't at practice and has finished his time on the team is defensive end Trevor Stigers.
"He's finished up his career," said Mullen. "He had some academic things he had to get caught up to finish his graduation. He's going to graduate and go start the next phase in his life."
Stigers and Favre aren't the only two not going to be at the bowl game as West Point native Michael Carr is out for personal reason, but he is expected to return to the team.
"We're hoping to having him back in the spring," said Mullen. "He has some things he has to get sorted out with himself, but he plans on being here in the spring and we plan on having him back."
Even though preparation began for the Music City Bowl and opponent Wake Forest, the Demon Deacons aren't at the forefront of Mullen's thoughts just yet.
"This is an opportunity for us to get a lot of young players reps," said Mullen. "This whole first week is going back to fundamentals. Our first two days were kind of warming them up, getting back into things, but we'll get more into a installation plan for Monday and work on different schemes and getting a lot of reps for young players."
Saturday's practice had the MSU players in helmets, shoulder pads and shorts, but that is sure to change once they get into their full game plan.
"We'll get a couple of live practices in and some full pads as we go," said Mullen. "It's just a lot of teaching this first week. Next Saturday, we'll start our game planning."
Since it has been a while since the players have been on the field, it can be just like opening up fall practice all over again, but some players are happy to be back out there.
"It feels good to put the pads back on," said senior offensive lineman Quentin Saulsberry. "We got to get our bodies back use to what we're doing by training, but it feels good being around the guys again."
The Bulldogs take today off from practice but will be on the field the following five days. Practices from Monday to Thursday are open to the public and they will wrap up the week Friday with a scrimmage at Davis Wade Stadium at 5 p.m. The scrimmage is also open to the public.