SHERRILL SEES PROGRESS IN SECOND SCRIMMAGE

Mississippi State head football coach Jackie Sherrill saw more positive aspects of his team's second preseason scrimmage Saturday than he did just three days earlier following the first game-like situation.<P>

Sherrill sent his team through a 99-play scrimmage plus kicking plays, a workout that combined full-field game conditions as well as situational work.

"I thought we accomplished more today than Wednesday," MSU head coach Jackie Sherrill said. "I thought that Wayne (Madkin) threw the football with some zip and that the defense had some players step to the front."

Sherrill specifically called out the work of front four defenders Mario Haggan (Clarksdale, Miss.), Tommy Kelly (Jackson, Miss.), Dorsett Davis (Cleveland, Miss.), and Ronald Fields (Bogalusa, La.), as well as defensive backs Korey Banks (Boynton Beach, Fla.) and Walter Burdett (Riverdale, Ga.).

Sherrill seemed more concerned with identifying the younger players who might eventually contribute to the 2001 Bulldog team, but indicated that he would need to see the tape before being able to single out anyone.

The head coach did note that he was still interested in devoting more time and snaps to finding a third fullback, and said detailed work still needed to be performed in kickoff coverage, kickoff returns and in extra points and field goals.

"We'll continue to work hard next week," Sherrill said. "And will begin to mix in some preparation for Memphis." State opens its season Monday, Sept. 3, against the Tigers at Davis Wade Stadium at Scott Field. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m.

SCORING
D.Walker 3 run (pass failed)
Butler 10 pass from Madkin (Marlin kick)

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING--Walker 8-26 TD, Reid 9-17, Jus.Griffith 3-15, Jenkins 1-6, Fant 2-5, D.Jones 1-3, Miller 1-3, Madkin 5-2, Wonsley 5-1.

PASSING--Madkin 14-25-1-149 TD, Fant 6-16-0-33.

RECEIVING- Miller 4-30, Jenkins 3-31, Butler 3-21 TD, Lindsey 2-40, Grindle 2-16, Reid 2-5, Jus.Griffith 1-19, Tubbs 1-10, Lumpkin 1-7, Parker 1-3.

PUNTING--Wallis 2-41.0, Weems 1-40.0, Cook 2-31.0.

TACKLES--Brown 7, Clark 5, Jul.Griffith 5, K.Jackson 5, Liger 5, Haggan 4, T.Morgan 4, Nash 4, Banks 3, Byrdsong 3, Randle 3, G.Wallace 3, Wright 3, Bell 2, Mooneyham 2, Snyder 2, Ball 1, Bennett 1, Billie 1, D.Davis 1, Day 1, Downing 1, Fields 1, Jack 1, Kelly 1, Mawhinney 1, Minor 1, Moore 1, J.Morgan 1, Oyefesobi 1, Prather 1, Robertson 1, Rogers 1, Youngblood 1.

INTERCEPTIONS--Ball 1.

PASS BREAKUPS--Bennett 1, Randle 1, Stephens 1, Wright 1.

SACKS--Wright 1-7, Nash 1-4.

TACKLES FOR LOSS--Youngblood 1-7, Liger 1-5, Prather 1-3, K.Jackson 1-2, Haggan 1-1, Rogers 1-1.

BLOCKED KICKS--Byrdsong 1.


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