Bulldogs' Freshmen Get Some Time To Shine

Mississippi State coach Jackie Sherrill spent some extra time working with the Bulldogs' younger players Wednesday. Mississippi State again practiced just over two hours, working the offense and defense on separate fields against scout team opposition. Practice ended with a 15-minute scrimmage between mostly freshmen.

"We wanted to give those guys some extra reps,'' Sherrill said. "We were looking for some guys to make plays, and some of the players who stood out in full-team scrimmages, were again playmakers.''

Sherrill said freshman tailback Nick Turner and freshmen wide receivers Tee Milons and Brandon Wright stood out on offense. Freshmen linebacker Marvin Byrdsong was also cited by Sherrill.

"I think this scrimmage gave them a little encouragement, showed them a little attention,'' Sherrill said.

Players continue to mend from two-a-day wear and tear. Offensive guard Michael Allen (knee), wide receivers Ray Ray Bivines (hamstring/groin) and Antonio Hargro (hamstring/groin) and tailback Jerious Norwood (abdomen) were held out of contact drills. Cornerbacks Demetric Wright (forearm) and Korey Banks (ankle) were also limited in practice.