News from MSU Media Relations--August 14

The lastest sports news from the MSU Media Relations Department...Football.

STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State head football coach Sylvester Croom sent his team through a pair of practices Monday, the final two-a-day session of the 2007 pre-season camp. The head coach worked his troops a vast majority of the time in "team" situations, addressing concerns he had from Saturday's initial camp scrimmage.

"All in all I thought it was a good day of practice," Croom said following the morning session. "I liked the way they worked today."

Little changed during the afternoon workout, again conducted inside the Palmeiro Center. Croom lauded his team's competitive nature Monday and said "we made a few more plays offensively."

And Croom was even more encouraged with his team after reviewing tape of Saturday's scrimmage.

"It was better than I thought it was, it never really is what you think on the field," Croom said. "It was better. The penalties hurt us, and I was really disappointed with our receivers. At the same time, I was thrilled with our cornerbacks. In one-on-one situations, they made plays."

Croom specifically referenced starters Anthony Johnson and Marcus Washington, as well as converted wide receivers Keon Humphries and Tay Bowser. The head coach also noted safety Derek Pegues' one-handed interception on the goal line.

"And I thought we tackled better, we ran to the football, and our defense is getting turnovers," Croom continued. "(Linebacker) Jamon Hughes really showed up, he was around the football everywhere. He stood out."

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