By JOEL COLEMAN
It’s scrimmage time again for the Bulldogs.
For the second time during training camp, Mississippi State will host a closed scrimmage tonight at Davis Wade Stadium. With the season opener now just 15 days away, head coach Dan Mullen is anxious to see how his players have progressed in recent days.
“(I want to see) guys that are ready to go make plays when the lights come on,” Mullen said on Thursday. “After installation, we should know what we’re doing. You’ve had an opportunity to practice it and you’ve got a foundation. So let’s go see who can go make plays when the lights come on in the stadium and who can go make plays a couple of weeks from now.”
Much of Mullen’s attention will again be on quarterback play. In last week’s scrimmage, Mullen said each of the three signal callers competing for the starting job struggled. Friday, Mullen wants to witness better consistency from Nick Fitzgerald, Damian Williams and Nick Tiano.
“They’re still coming along right now,” Mullen said. “They have to process things quicker. It’s just decision making, which comes with reps and reps and reps and reps. Hopefully they’ll be better (Friday).”
Mullen expects multiple QBs to play
It appears MSU’s quarterback battle might carry over into the season. Mullen said on Thursday he expects more than one signal caller to play against South Alabama on Sept. 3, although he noted that’s something he’s always done.
“I’d imagine we’d play more than one quarterback in the first game, but that’s no different than what we did last year,” Mullen said.
Mullen did reiterate that he’d like to have a starter figured out by game week.
“For us, we just want to get it organized after (Friday’s) scrimmage and then a couple more days next week, then hopefully we’ll have it sorted out by game week of who is going to be the starter,” Mullen said.
Dontea Jones limited
MSU tight end Dontea Jones, who wasn’t listed on State’s 105-man roster at the beginning of training camp, is now back with the Bulldogs but not practicing due to an undisclosed injury according to Mullen.
“He’s still limited after surgery,” Mullen said.
Mullen praises Dak
After former MSU quarterback Dak Prescott completed 10 of his 12 passes for 139 yards and two touchdowns in his professional debut for the Dallas Cowboys in preseason action last week, he got a text from his former head coach.
“I said great job, get back to work,” Mullen said. “I wasn’t surprised by his performance at all.
“He’s got to get back to work and he’s got to get better. He made some great throws, but it’s going to get harder and he’s going to get different looks and different things are going to happen, so he has to get better.”