Mississippi State head football coach Joe Moorhead keeps an eye on things Thursday, which was the Bulldogs’ final workout prior to Saturday’s annual spring game at Davis Wade Stadium. Photo by: Chris McDill/Special to The Dispatch
April 12, 2019 2:51:36 AM
By BEN PORTNOY
The 2019 football season has arrived -- in part.
Mississippi State will host the annual Maroon and White Spring Game at 1 p.m. Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium as part of Super Bulldog Weekend.
"It's a great opportunity for Mississippi State and our football program to show what a wonderful city Starkville is and what a great college setting, college atmosphere (it is)," MSU football coach Joe Moorhead said.
With a team on the mend, Moorhead has said that the game will be live contact but will include situational scenarios and a more simplified playbook -- allowing the players to show their abilities.
"We really don't have true three-deep at a lot of positions," Moorhead said in regard to how the teams will be split. "So there's going to be a mix of ones and twos and a mix of twos and threes on the teams."
On the offensive side, junior Keytaon Thompson should anchor the No. 1 offense alongside junior running back Kylin Hill.
Through the spring, Moorhead and his staff have said the team will rely more on running backs to shoulder the ground game rather than the way former quarterback Nick Fitzgerald could be used out of the backfield.
MSU's shallow receiving corps will also be on display. With senior Stephen Guidry leading the way, the Bulldogs are light at best with redshirt senior Deddrick Thomas, redshirt junior Osirus Mitchell and freshman Cameron Gardner behind him.
Redshirt senior Malik Dear should also figure into the rotation.
Defensively, Saturday will give fans an early look at a defense that loses plenty on the defensive line.
With Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons off to the NFL, defensive coordinator Bob Shoop will march out a unit consisting of redshirt seniors Chauncey Rivers, Lee Autry and Kendell Jones and redshirt juniors Kobe Jones and Marquiss Spencer.
Behind them, redshirt junior Erroll Thompson and junior Willie Gay Jr. will patrol the linebacker spots, while redshirt junior cornerback Cameron Dantzler and redshirt senior safety Brian Cole will hold down the secondary.
"We're looking forward to a great game, a great atmosphere and hoping we can get as many people in there as we can," Moorhead said.
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