Practice notebook: Bulldogs put on the pads

By: 
JOEL COLEMAN
Staff Writer

Mother Nature couldn’t slow down Mississippi State on Wednesday.

The Bulldogs were about to hold their first full-pads practice of training camp when storms pushed them indoors. No matter. State wouldn’t be denied. The Bulldogs headed inside to the Palmeiro Center and went to work.

“We came out and got practice started (outside),” MSU head coach Joe Moorhead said. “We went through our stretching and went through a little bit of individual (drills). We had some weather come through and I thought the guys did a great job with the sudden change. We talk about adapt, improvise and overcome and I thought we did that and had a good day indoors.”

Other than a smaller area to work with than normal, Moorhead said Wednesday’s workout went off without a hitch.

“We didn’t change anything from our practice,” Moorhead said. “There are some spatial constraints that prevent us from doing some things. Lines on the other side of the field would help, but it certainly didn’t prevent us from anything we wanted to accomplish.”

By the time the day was done, it was another day of training camp down and another day that Moorhead was happy with. That’s been a theme so far since camp began last week.

“I’ve been very pleased overall with our preparation,” Moorhead said. “It’s very apparent to me that this summer the guys all worked very hard on their own to learn the playbook. I’m excited about how the coaches are presenting the information in the meeting rooms and then it’s being brought to the field and applied between the white lines. From an effort and compete standpoint, effort is something that is emphasized, but if that’s not something they are willing to do on a daily basis and play-by-play basis, they shouldn’t be playing at this level. The biggest part is the execution and precision. This is a small-margin-for-error league and our missed assignments are going down. We’ve just got to continue working and fine-tuning that part.

“I’m pleased overall.”

Day-to-day Dogs

Several Bulldogs are banged up this preseason, but none of the injuries are serious according to Moorhead.

Offensive lineman Greg Eiland, safety Johnathan Abram, defensive lineman Marquiss Spencer and wide receiver Stephen Guidry were all seen in the injury pit at Tuesday’s practice, but Moorhead said Wednesday night none are expected to be out for long.

Moorhead said Eiland and Guidry are both dealing with lower body injuries. Meanwhile Abram and Spencer are battling upper body ailments. All of the injuries are considered day-to-day.

Murphy getting feet wet

West Point native and true freshman Marcus Murphy is going through his first training camp with Mississippi State.

The former Green Wave star and versatile athlete is being trained to perform multiple roles for the Bulldogs and could very well see significant playing time in his first season at MSU. Later on down the road, he might could even add responsibilities to his plate, but for now, Moorhead says Murphy has plenty to do.

“He’s working at our nickel star position,” Moorhead said of Murphy. “He’s working at safety as well, getting some reps there and working in the return game and special teams. He’s got a lot on his plate right now. Looking at him in the recruiting process and high school and what he did on the offensive side of the ball, you want to utilize your playmakers and give them an opportunity, but where he’s at in his progression right now, we want to keep as little on his plate as we can and then later we can add other things.”

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