Get better Monday for MSU


Today’s two practices are now in the books. Two two-a-days down, one to go. And that’s Wednesday.

As for today, here’s the skinny . . .
• While X-rays don’t show a fracture in OL Tobias Davis’ left ankle, it’s severely sprained enough that he’s out 4-6 weeks. That’s a terrible blow, because he was really coming into his own. The true freshman had worked his way up to No. 2 on the depth chart at left guard.
• After practicing outside in the morning, the team went indoors at the Palmeiro Center in the evening. Sylvester Croom praised his team’s concentration, but added, “They’re a little tired, a little leg-weary and beat-up, hamstrings are sore and all that. But that’s the way it’s supposed to be at this point.”
• As for the rest of the week, Croom said it’s about building up to Saturday’s second preseason scrimmage. In the next few days, a lot of the focus will be third down and red zone packages and determining which players, especially the freshmen, will be playing in the season opener at Louisiana Tech.
• After reviewing the film from the first scrimmage, Croom wasn’t as harsh in his critique as he was moments following his team’s play on Saturday. “
We moved the ball well. I thought we pursued well and tackled well. It wasn’t bad. Of course, I’m never satisfied. I was particularly pleased with the tackling. We’re running to the ball well, and we’re tackling. That’s a good thing for our defense. We moved the ball well but we made some critical errors in the red zone. And we were a good red-zone team last year, so we want to continue that. But we want to be able to get more explosive plays.”
• Croom also said he’s expecting more from this team, and he feels some players aren’t giving their all. He didn’t say names, but his frustration was evident. “
I think every team is different, but we are going to demand more out of this group. I expect to get it, and we’re going to find out who is willing to give it.”


22 Responses to “Get better Monday for MSU”

  1. BirdZ! Says:

    Good work, GG. Like the last words there from Croom. Now, if he can just light a fire under the Offense…

  2. msutim Says:

    I really doubt this offense will ever be anyhting special until we hire a real offensive coordinator !!!!

  3. tebmsu97 Says:

    Maybe this should be in the blogbag, but I don’t know.

    Is the reason this weeks focus 3rd down and red zone because of the poor scrimmage or is the poor scrimmage (bad performance in short yardage/red zone) a result of not having worked on this much to this point?

  4. dawgface52 Says:

    We will know more after this weekend. But it’s hard to be optimistic. Sounds like the same old same old. Hope I’m wrong.

  5. carwwest Says:

    not good news on smith….i have a feeling we are going to need him down the line but now he will probabaly redshirt….it is true we were a decent red zone team last year but we never got to the redzone so it really isnt saying that much…..the woody croom offense has to work this year or there has to be a change…..

  6. carwwest Says:

    interesting stat about the state offense, not that it is a very telling stat but state only scored at least 40 points in a game on time since the 2001 season…..i know people dont put up just a ton of points in the sec but still just once in almost 7 years….if you were wondering it was against jacksonville state in 2002….

  7. bigdraws Says:

    I was at that game. 55-10? I believe they got the first touchdown too.

  8. Gregg Ellis Says:

    51-13, draws.

    And Double W, while your stat about 40 points is correct, MSU did reach the upper 30s on numerous occasions.

  9. bigdraws Says:

    Wait a minute. Didn’t they score over 40 against Florida in 2004?

  10. rwriffe Says:

    Yes gg but that information makes it not sound as bad and certain ones want it to be all negative and don’t want to take the lack of talent into consideration.

    Draws, I beleive if I’m not mistaken that the 2004 score with Fla was 38-31 bulldogs. I know that was the score of the game where Jerious scored on a 35+ yard run with only 30 seconds or so to go. Now was that ’04? I think it was.

  11. Gregg Ellis Says:

    38, draws.

  12. carwwest Says:

    yeah i saw that gg….i was just saying that magical number of 40 was hard to reach…..i dont know, it was a useless stat i just thought it was odd…..

  13. carwwest Says:

    yeah it was 04 rwriffe…i was at that game too…

  14. carwwest Says:

    were something like 13-5 or 6 if we score 30 or more so that about 18-19 games we scored at least 30…..

  15. Gregg Ellis Says:

    Dang, Double W, can I hire you as a stat guy?

  16. rwriffe Says:

    just so happens I was standing in the middle of the goldstrike in Tunica and looked up at a monitor right as he broke off the run. Of course, with the ensuing jumping and cheering people thouht I was crazy.

  17. bigdraws Says:

    You sound like me watching the Snow Bowl rwriffe. I was in some restaraunt on Bourbon St. When he blocked the kick I stood up at the table and said “YES!!!”. Nobody really thought much about it… was Bourbon St. afterall.

  18. carwwest Says:

    depends on what the pay is..haha naw i just was looking at stuff and it popped out at me…i work at an accounting firm so number tend to do that….

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  20. carwwest Says:

    god numbers! sorry again

  21. Gregg Ellis Says:

    Lol! Using your phone to blog?

  22. carwwest Says:

    naw looking at trial balances and the calculator and trying to blog…haha

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