New Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead had a strong, honest reaction to the Bulldogs’ first spring practice with him at the helm.
“At this point, it’d be a stretch to say (it was) great,” Moorhead said. “I was pleased with the effort. I think the execution and the learning was good. We talking about preparation, effort and execution. I thought the coaches did a good job providing the information to the kids in meetings, and then coming out and applying it on the field.”
But with the good, there was plenty of bad — which makes sense for a program that’s installing new protocols and procedures.
“There were assignment busts in all three phases, but that’s to be expected,” Moorhead said. “Day one with brand new offense, defense and special teams. We’ll look at the film and clean it up but I thought it was a very positive first day and something to build on.”
Moorhead also commented on Mississippi State’s three early enrollees, particularly 3-star athlete Marcus Murphy, who is going to start out at safety.
“Marcus is going to start off at defensive back and we have him at safety to start with, but I think he could play corner,” Moorhead said. “He could probably play some offensive positions and we have working some return stuff, I think he could be a big factor on special teams.
“But like all the mid-year guys, I think it was going extra fast for them today. He’s tremendously talented and it’ll slow down for him eventually.”
Mississippi State’s annual spring game will take place on April 21 at 3:00 p.m.
Here’s Moorhead’s first spring practice interview with the media, courtesy of Mississippi State’s official Twitter account:
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