Summer is over for the Dawgs; final scrimmage gets mixed reviews

I don’t think Alice Cooper ever wrote a song about school being back in after the summer, but classes at Mississippi State start tomorrow for the fall semester, meaning summer is wrapping up and training camp for Dan Mullen’s Bulldogs is over.

Judging by Twitter, none of the players will miss two-a-days.

The finale of fall camp came last night in the form of a full-team scrimmage under the lights of Davis Wade; one final chance to make a big impression with only two weeks until kickoff.

How’d the scrimmage go?

“Good and bad,” Mullen said. “Lot of teachable moments that occur in there. A lot of young guys, when they get in the stadium, it’s a different atmosphere.”

Those “young guys” were a big focus for Mullen, as the head coach said one of his goals was to put them in as many game situations as possible, recognizing that they haven’t played much or at all on Scott Field against people other than their teammates.

In fact, the second string actually had more reps than the first, getting 70 plays to the 60 enjoyed by the ones.

Several of those youngsters stood out to Mullen, as he said when I asked him if anyone made an impression on him.

In order:

Redshirt sophomore receiver Jameon Lewis “did pretty good.”

Redshirt freshman running back Derrick Milton “ran the ball hard today. He’ll be able to get on the field some for us.”

Redshirt sophomore cornerback Jamerson Love “made a couple nice plays on the ball.”

“Those are some guys that are probably gonna get some opportunities to get some reps,” Mullen said.

A couple special teamers did well, too, it turns out.

In particular, Mullen singled out junior punter Baker Swedenburg and true freshman place kicker Devon Bell.

“Baker I thought did a really, really good job. When he needed to make big punts, he made them, pinned the offense in a bunch of times, deep inside their own territory.”

Mullen said Bell, “hit a couple nice field goals today.”

The plan for this week is to hit the field Tuesday, while the Dawgs have today and Monday off. Mullen said they’re not quite in game mode yet, but they’re getting close.

He expects to be a little heavier on scout team work this week, just to make sure everyone knows what they’re doing when the season starts.

“That is to give some specific looks we want to on offense and defense, but also to teach everyone what scout team is all about,” Mullen said.

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