Red Zone woes plague offense; Smith done


For the second week in a row, the offense struggled in its scrimmage at Scott Field.

But when you look and see who barely played, guys like Anthony Dixon, Jamayel Smith, Aubrey Bell and Christian Ducre, it’s understandable.

Still, MSU coach Sylvester Croom was concerned with the lack of production in the red zone, especially considering that was a main focal point all week in practice.

“The biggest thing I’m disappointed with, we moved the ball pretty well out in the open field, then the offense didn’t perform well in the red zone today. I thought the defense played well in the red zone. But the thing that was disappointing, and a lot of the reason the offense didn’t move well in the red zone was too many penalties. Penalties on first down. You can’t have penalties in the red zone, and the way our kickers are kicking if we cross the 30-yard line we should be automatic on field goals. Then we get penalties that throw us out of field goal range.”

As for the play of the quarterbacks, Croom said, “I’m not pleased right now with our quarterbacks’ execution. That’s got to be better, got to be a heck of a lot better. I think some of it probably is we’re still putting some stuff in, it’s the first time we’d been full-speed working in the red zone. We’ve got to execute better there. The combination of that and getting the penalties really is stagnating us.”

The fifth-year coach did like what he saw with special teams.

“The best thing about the practice is I thought Eric Richards kicked the ball extremely well, and Jamayel Smith handled the ball. He’ll definitely be our punt returner instead of (Derek) Pegues the first ball game. We’ll also use Delmon Robinson as the third guy but I’m not really excited about using a freshman in the first ball game, unless we have to. He’s a guy that I come close to trusting as much as any freshman, if we have to go that way he’ll be able to do it.”

Adam Carlson connected on a 45-yard field goal, while Richards drained one from 37 yards out.

Croom also said it appears both starting ends on defense are now solidified with Sean Ferguson and Tim Bailey, and that Cortez McCraney has moved back to tackle. But if needed, don’t be surprised to see him back at one of the end slots.

True freshman offensive lineman Tobias Smith out of Columbus is done for the year following surgery on his ankle. “That’s a young one we really thought was going to have a chance to help us. Unfortunately he had a serious injury, so, he’s done for the season.”


14 Responses to “Red Zone woes plague offense; Smith done”

  1. thespear Says:

    If my memory serves me correctly, Croom was especially critical of our defense during last year’s preseason. We all know they turned out to be excellent. I’m hoping that this year is somewhat the same. While I don’t expect the offense to be phenomenal, perphaps they will be solid and consistent this year. Maybe Croom knows what he is doing with his public discomfort in the offense. Call it a long shot, but maybe CC is smarter than we think!

  2. sidsatch Says:

    I hope there is a little sand bagging go on with all the negative results that CC has expressed to the media. In the off season, the staff went and evaluated other offenses and defenses. Does anyone know who?

  3. Gregg Ellis Says:

    spear, last year he was quite complimentary of the defense. Perhaps you were thinking of a couple of years ago.

  4. imabulldog Says:

    Im so ready I could go nuts!!!

    If we are moving the ball well without our star players, that tells me already we have the potential to do damage with our big name guys. Not to mention the backups will see the field and contribute as they have in the scrimmages.

    I’m getting nervous about my tickets, anybody got theirs yet?

    And GG, if the Vandy game is not on TV, what time will it be, 6 or so?

  5. sidsatch Says:

    I had heard talk of a 2 QB system some time back. Has that developed any?

  6. Gregg Ellis Says:

    Both will play, sid. It won’t be 50-50, by Lee will see the field.

    Ima, if the Vandy game isn’t picked up, I would imagine late afternoon. Not sure, though.

  7. imabulldog Says:


  8. 2thdoc Says:

    Ima, got my tickets Thursday and alot of people starting getting them last week.

    The offense, well, we’ll see. It won’t take too many series at LaTech to tell us all we need to know. Especially since it’s a team that we are suppose to put up some yards against…running AND passing.

  9. farley662 Says:

    Where you sitting at big money?

  10. imabulldog Says:

    hey Farley, we are in section W, you?

  11. farley662 Says:

    No idea. Have not came in yet.

  12. Gregg Ellis Says:

    I’m in the pressbox. 45 yard line.

  13. bigdraws Says:

    SEC E, Row 23

  14. 2thdoc Says:

    section c, row 27

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