Tuesday Football Notebook Update

Mississippi State worked late Tuesday as they resumed preparations for the weekend matchup with Georgia. And according to Coach Dan Mullen, the Bulldogs also worked well. "I like our team's intensity, how they came out and worked," the coach said as his team left the practice field nigh-on to 7:00.

It was a somewhat low-key club returning to the fieldhouse, too. But not from any problems during the day, or any lingering frustrations after a couple of SEC losses. According to the coach, everyone was just going about Mississippi State business.

"Today is a work day, not a rah-rah day," Mullen said. "Our guys worked, and you're focusing on the gameplan." A gameplan unlike what the Bulldogs had to put together in their preceding conference contests, too, which is why the rah-rah was limited Tuesday.

"We're playing a 3-4 (defense) team so things are a little different than some of the other things we've played," Mullen said. "So you have to clean that up offensively. And they're a traditional I-formation team which is a little different than what we've played the last few weeks. So it's getting used to making those adjustments schematically."

Scheming is one thing; actually honing the plans is another. And one Georgia offensive aspect Mississippi State is finding tricky to prepare for is strong-armed quarterback Aaron Murray. If Georgia is running a traditional I-set, then Murray is very much in the tradition of Eric Zeier, David Green, Matthew Stafford, et.al. Getting someone to provide the MSU Dog defense that sort of look puts pressure on the scout team, where walk-on Brantley Adams and true freshman Dylan Favre are taking turns this week.

"We'll rotate them by day," Mullen said Tuesday. "Brantley is today a lot of times, it will be Dylan tomorrow and Brantley on Thursday. Just so they get different looks. And, Dylan gets work, too." Favre of course is redshirting this season while standing third on the varsity depth chart and being prepped to play for real in a real pinch. Mullen thinks the pair are doing their practice part playing pocket-passer.

"They're similar players in that way," Mullen said. "But Brantley does a great job throwing the football, too. He's got the size of a big quarterback."

As far as State's game-lineup is concerned, the tight end depth chart is unsettled for Saturday with both regulars nursing knee problems. Marcus Green (right knee) did not make the LSU trip, where Brandon Henderson was hurt on the left knee.

"They ran today, and looked OK," Mullen said. "The trainers were watching them and they did some things. It's going to be an evaluation during the week, and they're going to be a lot different Saturday than they are today for sure." Different enough that they will be in regular roles for Georgia? Mullen admits, "It's tricky. Using a lot of two tight ends and all that stuff, you've got to just be careful how much you put in. And a lot of it is getting with them. And they did stuff today, (so) how they feel tomorrow morning is going to be a good indicator after working out today.

"Thomas Webb is back now and Kendrick Cook, both those guys have played some football. That was a position you're four-deep with upperclassmen, so we still have two tight ends ready to go right now as well as potentially Henderson and Green."


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