MSU goes up, 2-1

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For the second day in a row, Mississippi State coach Sylvester Croom walked off the practice field pleased with his team.

Here are some bullet points from what he had to say:
Dominic Douglas, Jessie Bowman and Tim Bailey all stepped up as leaders, while Jamar Chaney showed a lot of aggression. That’s the focus of my story in tomorrow’s paper.
• While Anthony Dixon has solidified himself as the starter at running back, Christian Ducre continues to impress.
• The defense had another good day, “flying all over the place.”
• The offense still made too many mistakes, particularly with pre-snap penalties, but did show signs of improvement.
• Without probing, he talked how impressed he was with freshmen Louis Watson, Charles Mitchell and Delmon Robinson. He said all three have a chance to be major contributors.

“We still had a lot of errors, but the effort was good,” Croom said. “I was pleased with that. I thought they worked hard, particularly for the first day in shoulder pads and another hot day.”

As for injuries, Devin Jones, Cortez McCraney and K.J. Wright (all heat related) were back on the field, while Aaron Feld (back), Kyle Love (toe), D.J. Looney (meniscus) and T.J. Patterson (ankle) remained limited.

As for those not practicing at all, Johnny Carpenter was sidelined by a shoulder, while Brandon Cooper (back) and Damein Anderson (hamstring) continue their recovering process.

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33 Responses to “MSU goes up, 2-1”

  1. jcdawgman18 Says:

    Just keep plugging away, Dawgs. We’ll have somebody else for you to take it out on before you know it.

  2. imabulldog Says:

    The first day they hit and do the nutcracker drill is the best.

    GG, you are doing great, sorry there aren’t many posts, but if we could see all that was going on- I’m sure you would hear out 2 cents. You’re doing great, keep us updated.

  3. Gregg Ellis Says:

    Thanks, ima. And to be honest, I’m more concerned with page views than comments. Don’t get me wrong, I like comments and the interaction, but the page views let me know people are reading. I know it’s early August, but we are on pace for a record month.

    We are nearing a million and when we get there, maybe we’ll have a big blog party. LOL!

  4. 83bulldog Says:

    Just checked an Ole Miss blog, They think Nutt will win more games in Oxford than he did at Ark with three 1st round draft picks. Can’t wait to see Croom running around Oxford with a bulldog flag after whipping their butts again.

  5. bigdraws Says:

    I’ve seen them all over the different sites saying we are being hyped too much. Who’s being hyped? From what I’ve seen, everybody’s wondering if we were a fluke last year. And everybody and their brother is saying ole miss is the dark horse. Not that any of that matters or anything.

  6. BirdZ! Says:

    No mention of Robert Elliot when talking about the Freshmen. hmmm.

  7. jcdawgman18 Says:

    BirdZ, I think that is just because he was talking about the true freshman. Robert Elliot has already shown him what he wanted to see (last December and Spring).

  8. imabulldog Says:

    well, the first thing Nutt has to do- is recruit in MS. He has owned Arky due to know competition within state. But now, he faces losing recruiting battles to Petrino and Croom. So if they think that, they better get ready for disappointment

  9. chrisfromcorinth Says:

    I for one don’t mind slowly progressing early in camp, as long as there is progression. It’s damn hot out there. Good to hear that they are getting their minds right and by game one we should be full tilt.

  10. darkcooger Says:

    Hey Gregg, I’m curious if the Richards kid from Vicksburg has been kicking and if so what he’s looking like. Have you seen or heard anything about him?

    Love the blog, by the way. A co-worker found it accidentally and pointed me to it, and I’ve been checking it regularly since. It’s great to be able to keep up with what’s happening at State, now that I’m surrounded by elephants and tigers of the worst sort!

  11. luckydog20 Says:

    Hey Gregg,

    Do we have to read about Powe in the Daily Journal every freakin day. At your next meeting tell Parrish to find another subject. This is just like 2 years ago when he had a man crush on Shaffer. It is annoying!

  12. warbirdz44 Says:

    Draws, I think we’re being way overhyped by our own fanbase. I’ve seen so many fans pick us to win 8-9 games and I just don’t see that happening. I hope we do but I want to see us repeat last year’s success before I start predicting big things.

  13. bigdraws Says:

    You’re right warbirdz. But I’ve seen some media outlets too. Either way, it don’t really matter. Gotta play em on the field. I could see us winning 8, or I could see us winning 4.

  14. Gregg Ellis Says:

    Lucky, there is the option of not reading it or going on his blog and complaining about what he’s writing. Lol!

  15. rebelnate Says:

    Draws I think Croom is the leader to keep State from having a let down. My prediction for State is 9-3 .

  16. bigdraws Says:

    “going on his blog and complaining about what he’s writing.”

    The Rebel fans have been doing a great job of that lately. They think the DJ is biased towards State. LOL, leave it to the beavers.

  17. Gregg Ellis Says:

    draws, as long as both set of fans think we’re biased against their respective schools, I’m happy.

    BTW, how is the wifey? Not much longer now, right?

  18. 2thdoc Says:

    I think this year is more important than any for Coach Croom to keep the majority of the commitments for ’09. If we hold our own and get 7 wins and a bowl game then watch out for rising expectations,ticket prices, and actual sellouts on occasion.

  19. Gregg Ellis Says:

    darkcooger (you win for best username, btw), Richards has recovered from his broken foot that forced him to be redshirted a year ago as a true freshman. However, he’s been slowed the last few days by a hip injury. At this point, no one is sure the extent of the problem. Hope that answers your question.

  20. bigdraws Says:

    Her due date is September the 12th. She went to the doctor this morning and he said she could have her anytime though. If she’d hurry up I wouldn’t have to miss any home games. She’s had a rough time, and she can’t wait to get it over with. Thanks for asking.

  21. Gregg Ellis Says:

    Just keep us updated.

  22. roastbeef1 Says:

    I might take some heat, but am I the only one that believes Ducre is actually better than Dixon?

  23. BirdZ! Says:

    With both giving 100%, I would give Dixon the edge. Ducre probably has more moves to use in the open field, but as a pure RB, I think Dixon is better.

  24. bigdraws Says:

    Ducre definatly hangs on to the football better.

  25. BirdZ! Says:

    No doubt.

  26. 2thdoc Says:

    I think that will be Elliot’s problem also with the slippery hands but Ducre is a stud going upfield through the LB’s.

  27. darkcooger Says:

    Thanks for the info, Gregg!

  28. Gregg Ellis Says:

    I think at the end of the day, I’d have to go with Dixon. He’s strong and can run over you.

  29. 2thdoc Says:

    Dixon is going to be a beast this year if he makes it down to 230 lbs.

  30. carwwest Says:

    dixon all the way…the man had 14 TDs last year….but i think ducre has to be one of if not the best back up in the sec in regards to not losing much when the starter goes out….dixon should be in for an even better season this year….

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