Football: Tuesday Practice Notes

Rich Brooks was asked if he was surprised by all the talk about the possibility of wearing black uniforms on Saturday night on Halloween?

- Rich Brooks was asked if he was surprised by all the talk about the possibility of wearing black uniforms on Saturday night on Halloween? "(Pause drawing laughs from the media) I've said what I'm going to say on it," he said in a sharp manner. "That's it, I'm done with it. I'm worried about Mississippi State believe it or not. That is the most important thing. We are playing a very, very important football game and we'd better worry about them coming in here and try to knock us out in our stadium.

Brooks said that if Micah Johnson can't go Saturday night that Ronnie Sneed would replace him. What does he bring to the table. "Ronnie's been a solid player, he's been pretty solid, and he attacks you. He just not as big as Micah, of course, not many are.

Brooks said from his quarterbacks, he'd like more completions. And more conversions on third down. He said though his running game has been good, they can't get by with a so, so passing game going forward. "We need to throw the ball more effieciently than we have the last couple of games," Brooks said. "The transition from practice to the games is a problem. I think they are doing some good things in practice but they have to carry that forward to the game." The coach said the difference from practice and the game is game-speed. Brooks said the emotional let down at the beginning of the second quarter we the reason for the ULM offense being able the make plays in the passing game. He said they were this (holding his finger a inch apart) close to make the play in the secondary or a step or half a step from getting to the quarterback on time. "That what happens when start to sleep walk."

"Every week the games slows down for the quarterback and Chris Matthews," Joker Phillips explained. "Morgan Newton will start but both quarterbacks will play. (Randall) Cobb is the common denominator. We have to throw the ball because teams are starting to stack the box." He said Cobb wil have to throw the ball some, too.

Ronnie Sneed said he was very excited to get out there and make plays.

Steve Brown said the focus was the problem against ULM and they will have to play better against MS. He said he doesn't expect any drop off from Sneed and Randall Burden, who replace their two All-Americans. He said he they did well Saturday and he expects that level of play to continue. Brown said he was very nervous about ULM's style of running game but they did a good job them. He said their quarterback was hit 17 time the other night. Brown said it's good that's they seen very similar things from Auburn, from Florida, and from ULM so what they are going to see from MS is not totally foriegn to them.


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