August 28, 2012

Game week prep continues

Mississippi State continued its game week preparations on Tuesday in preparations for the season opener against Jackson State.

While Monday was spent in full pads practicing their first down script Tuesday was primarily about third down packages in helmets and shoulder pads.

"It was a good day," said Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen. "There's always that transition and figuring out. You're into scout periods, you're into game planning; of keeping things fresh and learning how to do it and how to perform under those circumstances, being with the scout team and doing all that stuff. But it was not bad. The effort is good, the attention is good, the focus is good. It's just now the adjustment of the speed of what we expect practice to be like."

As the final few practices are drawing to a close there are still some unanswered questions as far as who will handle the placekicking and kickoff duties at MSU. Junior Brian Egan was the primary kickoff man for the Bulldogs in 2011 but did not join the team until school started back in mid-August.

Two true freshmen, Devon Bell and Evan Sobiesk, are both challenging Egan for those roles this season. It's a job that will remain open until later in the week according to Mullen.

"It's different every day," Mullen said. "Oh, on Saturday? Oh, I don't know. I'm going to get the chart on Thursday. What we do is move the kicks around, so every day it's a different guy that foes first, second third, so they're always getting a different spot. After Thursday's practice I'll get a chart of where everybody has hit it and I'll go from there and pick one at that point. Obviously I'd like to see more than one guy kick, if we have that opportunity on Saturday. Because there's very few guys that have done it in a game on the roster."

Egan, a former Parade All-American, missed his only opportunity inside of 30-yards last season.

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