Fant, Bivines Shine In MSU Spring Game

Kevin Fant finished his first spring practice as Mississippi State's starting quarterback with a nearly flawless performance in the Bulldogs' final spring scrimmage Saturday. The sophomore threw an interception on his first series, but finished 18-for-22 for 201 yards with four touchdowns. ``Kevin showed that he is capable of making some awfully good throws,'' Bulldogs coach Jackie Sherrill said. Fant took over as the starter at the end of last season and played well in a win over Mississippi and a last-second loss to BYU. The Maroon-and-White game drew about 7,500 fans to Scott Field. Backup quarterback Kyle York was 7-for-17 for 107 yards and a 42-yard touchdown pass to Ray Ray Bivines, who caught six for 82 yards. ``We threw and caught the ball really well. Ray Ray really stood out, and it was nice to see Justin Griffith back on the field,'' Sherrill said. Griffith missed most of last season after having surgery to remove a bone spur in his neck. The fullback ran six times for 46 yards and caught two passes for nine. Fred Reid was the leading rusher with 52 yards on 10 carries. Dontae Walker, expected to be the starting tailback in his senior season, sat out the scrimmage with a sprained ankle. On the defensive side, Michael Gholar, who started at forward on the Bulldogs' basketball team, intercepted a pass and returned it 28 yards and had five tackles playing safety. Gholar's college basketball career ended with Mississippi State's season, but the former two-sport high school star has one year of football eligibility left. ``Defensively, we made some stride at linebacker and in the secondary, Sherrill said. Middle linebacker T.J. Mawhinney led the team with 10 tackles.