Tuesday Grid Update, 10/28

Mississippi State has a heavy defensive front to match the big, physical Arkansas offensive line. Sam Pittman covered that after Tuesday's practice.

Sam Pittman knows everyone in the country sees that Arkansas has a "heavy" offensive line. If anyone is listening, the Arkansas offensive line coach wants to reference No. 1 Mississippi State's defensive line as heavy, too.

Oh, the Bulldogs don't tip the scales in the same way as the Arkansas offensive line, but compared to most defensive fronts, they are plenty heavy.

"They have good players," Pittman said after Tuesday's practice at Arkansas. "And, they are all experienced. I watched tape of them against us last year and I see the same guys. And, they are good players and getting better. Everyone in that game is in this game this year.

"They do a nice job. It's good to see them improve like that, for the league.

"That front four is really heavy. They are athletic and heavy. One of the linebackers is 220, but the others are 250. That's heavy, too, and they can run.

"We are heavy in our (offensive) front, but they are heavy for a defensive front. They rotate guys and they are all good."

Pittman got the heavy dose of questions about instant star Sebastian Tretola, now the hit of the national television shows after throwing for a touchdown pass on a fake field goal last week against Alabama-Birmingham. The junior offensive guard wasn't in the interview room, but was still a focal point.

"Sebastian had a really good practice today," Pittman said. "If he practices that way, we should let him throw more passes."

Pittman said while many are focused on his passing ability, it's his play in all areas that should be the talk. That's been his recruiting pitch the last few days.

"We have used his (pass play) in recruiting the last few days," Pittman said. "But what I talked about just as much is the way he's played. I point out that he came here the day before two-a-days and he's one of the best linemen we have on the field.

"That's more of a recruiting tool (than the pass). I've pointed out that and what Frank Ragnow has done this year in his first year and with what Denver Kirkland and Dan Skipper did last year in their first year."

Offensive tackle Brey Cook, senior team captain, had a tip of the cap to Tretola for his play in the line, and also his pass.

"It was a great pass," Cook said. "He's a hilarious guy and we've had a lot of fun. I will say, if he had been here all along, he'd be one I'd try to pick for a roommate."

And, Cook admits that Tretola has surprised after coming to campus in the 375-pound range.

"He's lost weight, but he showed speed all along," Cook said. "You definitely had the feeling when he was above 370 that you don't know if he can make it that big."

Cook has played at Mississippi State and knows to expect crowd noise to be a factor.

"We worked inside (Walker Pavilion) today and the music was ringing in our ears, the cow bells," Cook said. "It gives you a little bit of a headache in practice."

Quarterback Brandon Allen said it's business as usual with the crowd noise on the road.

"It's tough everywhere and it's no different there," Allen said. "We know what to expect and how to handle it."

Tight ends coach Barry Lunney played quarterback against State at Starkville. But he doesn't have a great recollection.

"Obviously, I did," he said. "I think it's like all places in the SEC. If the crowd wants to make an impact, they do it. I don't remember having trouble getting the plays called in the huddle. It's when you get to the line of scrimmage that the noise can make it tough. We've practiced with the noise this week and it's what you do every week on the road in the SEC. You have to get ready for that."

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