Mississippi State head coach John Cohen and his team have been putting in work for the last two months.
But the Bulldogs officially begin fall practice today as they scrimmage at Dudy Noble Field at 4:30 p.m.
“We’ve been going now for two months and we’ve gotten a lot of work done in our individual skill work,” Cohen said at a media gathering Monday. “Our kids are just so excited about starting, of having the capability of competing against each other in intra-squad games and kind of finding out where we are as a team.”
The Bulldogs lost two pitchers to season ending injuries last year with pitchers Will Cox and John Marc Shelly. Paul Young didn’t play at all, but he was injured before the season started.This year Cohen feels the strength and conditioning of the offseason will help keep players on the field.
“I think this is the best-conditioned team that I’ve had a chance to start a fall with,” Cohen said. “Our arms are in really good shape. Coach (Brian) Neal has done a great job with our strength and conditioning.”
Cox and Shelly aren’t listed on the roster for the fall. Cox’s last two seasons have been ended by injury. Shelly had Tommy John surgery.
Their statuses for the spring have yet to be decided.
“Will has had a couple setbacks,” Cohen said. “We’re going to have to wait and see after this semester where he is. Shelly is in the same boat as Will. Both those guys, we’re just kind of waiting to see at the end of fall where those guys are.”