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Mississippi State Pro Day is Thursday for NFL Scouts

Mississippi State starts spring football this week. And stops it, too.

Coach Dan Mullen will put his spring team on the practice field this Wednesday for one session before University break. The afternoon practice is 3:30, and open to public viewing.

The public won’t get another look though until March 22. The unusual scheduling arises from the conjunction of spring break followed by Easter weekend. The Bulldogs will have a Good Friday practice before that shorter stoppage.

Mullen chose to have one workout before spring break to avoid jamming-up the stretch from March 22 through the April 16 spring game. There are enough days of course, but allowance must be made for weather adjustments.

And if the spring game is an entertaining conclusion for camp, the real highlights for football fans are scrimmages. Mullen has scheduled a pair of these at Scott Field; on April 2 and 9. Typically practices in mid-camp also have extended periods of full-team, full contact scrimmaging as well to watch.

The full schedule and times: March 9 3:30; March 22 3:30; March 24 3:45; March 25 2:30; March 29 3:45; April 1 3:15; April 2 11:10am scrimmage; April 5 3:45; April 7 3:45; April 9 11:10am scrimmage; April 12 3:45; April 14 3:45; April 15 3:45; April 16 11:00am Spring Game.

Though the current Bulldogs will hit ‘pause’ after a single day’s work, some new alumni of Mullen’s program will be busy Thursday. Mississippi State will hold Pro Day that morning. The six seniors or early-entry juniors who took part in the recent NFL Combine and other seniors from the 2015 team are to participate.

Two-time All-SEC quarterback Dak Prescott will effectively cap his college career with a pro-style display. Coaches and scouts from National Football League franchises will be timing, tracking, measuring, and just plain watching. So will media, from restricted vantage points to avoid interfering with activities. And, getting hit by a flying football…maybe even a flying athlete. Pro Day is closed to the public.

The participants will run the traditional 40-yard dash with experts doing the timing and agreeing on a consensus figure; as well as the pro shuttle, the L-Drill, and a 60-yard shuttle. Afterwards there will be positional workout, also in Palmeiro.

MSU’s Pro Day will be televised on the SEC Network, along with those at other SEC schools on their days.

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