Bulldogs go through “mock game” at Davis Wade Stadium

Bulldogs go through “mock game” at Davis Wade Stadium

STARKVILLE, MS (WLBT) - Story from Mississippi State.

With the first preseason camp of the Joe Moorhead era coming to a close, Mississippi State went through a "mock game" practice Wednesday evening inside Davis Wade Stadium.

Wednesday's rehearsal essentially gave players a chance to get game-like work in ahead of the first game week of the 2018 season. The team also went through the Dawg Walk as well as their pregame warm-up routine.

The game format featured situational work on offense, defense and special teams with two 15-minute running quarters and the travel squad going against the non-travel squad.

Below are quotes from Moorhead's Wednesday evening media session.

Head Coach Joe Moorhead – Media Availability

August 22, 2018

On the last practice of training camp…

"I felt really good about it. We used today, not to only concentrate on schematics and competition, but it was a dress rehearsal. We had position meetings, brought the team out and did the Dawg Walk. We went through that whole process, and we went through our whole pregame routine. We went from stretch to everything we do prior to kickoff. We played two 15-minute running quarters with our travel squad versus our non-travel squad. We had some really good competition there, working with the coaches for the first time on headsets. I'd rather get those things ironed out now. We concluded with a two-minute drill and an overtime session. We took a bit of a break, then we had special situations with offense and defense. We went through some odd-ball scenarios you may not cover during camp, but you'll be glad that you covered before the season in case they ever pop up. I'm very pleased with today."

On scrimmaging in the stadium…

"I had a little pep in my step. You do every time you have an opportunity to go into the stadium and be under the lights. It felt good for me to be in there just imagining the sound of the bells."

On evaluations…

"There's always some moving parts. We will reconvene as a coaching staff tomorrow, meet with all three phases and put initial depth charts together. We will have a good idea of where we're heading going into practice one of Stephen F. Austin week."

On Michael Story…

"(Michael) Story is suspended indefinitely from the program. When we were made aware of the incident involving Story on Saturday morning, I imposed an immediate indefinite suspension. He has not practiced with the team since Saturday. We talk to our team all the time about our decision making and our conduct off the field. Certainly, that's something we stress every day. The discipline will be handled accordingly."

On cornerbacks…

"Right now, you're looking at (Cameron) Dantzler, (Jamal) Peters, (Tyler) Williams and (Maurice) Smitherman. There's only so many ways you can play quarter half and man-to-man. To me, it's really about the way it's put into a package and the way it's called. I think we've got corners and D-backs with very good ability. When you couple that with the fact that our defense presents a tremendous pass-rush, it really will pressure the passer. It adds to the ability of our guys on the back end."

On controlling emotions…

"I think we've improved in that regards from spring practice to now. I want to make that one of our points of emphasis, to show your emotions without being emotional. We want to handle adversity and also prosperity. A great example from practice yesterday, we had two two-minute drills where the defense didn't allow points off the field, and they were all fired up and jumping around. The offense was hanging their heads. I used that as a great teaching moment. We can't be on a rollercoaster or be too high or too low. We need to find that middle ground, emotionally. That's not to say we don't play emotionally. We play hard without being out of control. We need to make sure we're toting that line of pushing the envelope, competing and being a team with personality and emotion. We never want to be out of control."

On the offensive line…

"I feel good. Marcus Johnson is a tremendous offensive line coach. We have guys up front that have size, athleticism, great physicality and mentality. Behind our five starters we probably have three guys that are pushing in for playing time and reps. They're battle tested getting to do against this defensive line every day. It'll prepare us for anyone we face."

On meeting expectations of success…

“We are getting there. The one fall goal is to respond to adversity and prosperity. We are talking about the little things, the small details and the cultural aspects. That’s what we’ve been working on the most. We emphasize the point that it’s not just about us having good players, but all the little things we do on and off the field. You fall back on that preparation to rise to the level of your opponent.”

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