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Music City Bowl practice report No. 3 & 4 - Let's recap the last couple of days


Matt Stevens


STARKVILLE -- Here's what's happened over the last couple of days of Mississippi State football practice.... 




- MSU sophomore quarterback Tyler Russell was sporting a large brace Wednesday from his thigh to his ankle on his left leg with a wrap inside the brace.  


The former Parade All-American selection out of high school, who has started four games behind center this season, suffered an undisclosed injury to his left knee after Tuesday's workout was examined by the MSU training staff for several minutes on the field and would not participate further before limping to the locker room at the end of practice. 


Wednesday's practice involved very little movement for Russell as the heavy brace doesn't allow for the 6-foot-4 signal caller to put much weight on his left side. However he did make some throws on some 11-on-11 stuff despite having no ability to put weight on his left foot.  


Mullen said Tuesday evening that surgery will not be required and that Russell is expected to be available for the Music City Bowl against Wake Forest on Dec. 30 (5:40 p.m., ESPN). 


It is currently unclear when Russell will be able to fully cleared to practice again but with this week being time mostly for young players - I'm sure the coaching staff would like for him to get some chemistry with the young running backs and receivers before the spring workouts.  




- MSU junior cornerback Corey Broomfield was working individually with the training staff in Wednesday's practice after suffering an unknown left shoulder injury. Broomfield is also expected to play in the 2011 Music City Bowl. 


"We expect both of them to play in the game," Mullen said Tuesday night. "Corey will be back, Tyler we'll limit for a couple of days. But talking to him, at this point neither of them are surgery or any of that stuff. They'll be out for a couple of days each." 




- One of the most impressive players this week that didn't see playing time during 2011 season has been Joe Morrrow. After asking any defensive back, which receiver impresses and scares them the most from the other side of the line of scrimmage, the 6-foot-4 receiver from Ocean Springs is the name always pops up.  




- During some goal line work Wednesday afternoon, MSU began to work on some wildcat packages with junior receiver Chad Bumphis and redshirt freshman Jameon Lewis taking the snaps from behind center. Lewis is a player last year that would replicate opponent's running or wildcat quarterbacks on the scout team in practice and could find a spot for him to help the team in specific packages during the 2012 season.  




- Charles Siddoway became the newest verbal commitments Tuesday evening when became the 25th prospect of the 2012 recruiting class to pledge his services to Mississippi State. 


The 6-foot-6, 300-pound offensive lineman is a junior college prospect from Butte Community College in California where he's been the past season after leaving the University of California. 


Bulldog Junction was the first to report this news Wednesday morning. 


Siddoway, who is expected to sign next month in order to be available for spring practices, will have two years to play in the MSU program and will likely provided depth and competition at either tackle position. Two year ago he signed with California out of Sheldon High School in Oregon where he was the 19th best lineman prospect in the country. 




- The most interesting battle this spring may be the fights to replace seniors Charles Mitchell and Wade Bonner at both safeties positions. With Nickoe Whitley still rehabbing his injury, Dee Arrington and Kendrick Market have been getting significant reps in the back during this week of bowl practices.  




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