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Instead of the one hour jam session Paul thought it would be better just to open a running thread for questions so here you guys go. Any Mississippi State related questions go ahead and post them here and Paul will get to them throughout the next few days.
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WE'RE FAMILIAR WITH MSU'S STRENGTH ON DEFENSE- THE SECONDARY. HOW DO THEY FAIR AGAINST THE RUN? ALSO, WHAT'S THE O-LINE SITUATION LIKE?
Any significant injuries or ding-ups carrying-over from the Alabama game?
Talk to me about your QB Tyler Russell. Don't know much about him. I believe that QB play is going to be key for MSu to have a chance as we have been very good against the run all year. Does he get rattled, has he been rattled this year? What are the typical routes that you run and what does he like to throw. Get into the online? Is that a strength? Any underclassmen that will get dominated?
how did the cowbells thing start?
Yall gave up 540 yards and lost the game the last time Sumlin took a team into Starkville. In 2010 you gave up over 400 yards to UH's 3rd string true freshman QB but won the game. Of course Manny Diaz was there then and he has proven to be one of if not the worst DCs in the country since then. How does MSU scheme to slow down this offense this week when they've struggled with it in the past?
MSU has been average against the run this year, and the Dline has not been as productive as many thought entering the season. Of course losing Fletcher Cox to the NFL is hard for MSU to replace but the biggest issue is the lack of pressure on the qb. Their play against the run has however improved with the return of sophomore PJ Jones (suspended first five games) and the experience gained by rookies Quay Evans and Nick James.
The strength of MSU's Oline is in the interior with left guard Gabe Jackson, center Dillon Day and right guard Tobias Smith when healthy. Smith has been saved this year for the bigger games (like vs UT, Auburn, Bama and this weekend of course) due to his past with injuries.
The tackles are still somewhat inexperience which doesnt present a good matchup for MSU vs Damontre Moore.
None that Mullen mentioned on Monday.
How is the attitude of the team this week after the loss to Bama?
He has a very good presence in the pocket and while not fast, has only been sacked 7 times this year. He can make all the throws and they like the 20-yard curls more than anything and also the tight end when the defense allows that. His biggest step this year was in a leadership role. He has always had a strong arm but now has become a leader and normally makes good decisions.
The key to MSU winning the game is _________.
The key to A&M winning the game is _________.
No idea to be honest.
No doubt a mobile qb has been MSU's achilles heel of late and MSU will try to get more speed on the field with its dline and lbs this week. You cant slow down this scheme, imo, but you have to make the turnovers count if you get them.
that was 2009. a game we should have won but had a bad call on a play where the official said tyson lee crossed the los and we lost, in 2010 we rolled houston bad 47-24 at there place.
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Controlling the tempo on offense with a good ground game for MSU.
For A&M to keep the tempo fastpaced and not underestimate MSU's passing game.
We dont find out until today cause it is our first opportunity to speak with the players since Saturday. Sorry.
Good answers. Mine would be MSU needs to protect Russell, and A&M needs to establish a successful running game that they did last week and pass more off of playaction.
I don't think A&M can afford to underestimate anyone's passing game. Our secondary play hasn't been very good thus far.
Not really game related, but how is mississippi state's recruiting looking for 2013? Is ole miss's surge making it more difficult for them? And if you could, what's your read on justin cox?
I agree on Russell but he has done a good job on releasing the ball quickly and getting rid of it. Alabama brought a lot of pressure but only got to him once. Overall Alabama has a better Dline than A&M but Alabama doesnt have a player like Moore either. That is not a good matchup for MSU.
Pretty solid and ranked in the Top 23 currently via 247Sports. They need to add another qb cause current commit COrd Sandberg could go pro in baseball out of high school. And with OM, to be honest they are really not going head-to-head on many guys this year which is odd. So it hasn't been a factor really but likely will in future years if OM keeps winning. I expect Cox to sign with MSU because he wont go far from home and sees a good shot at starting at MSU next year with them having two senior corners.
What's up with y'alls obsession with the Snow Bowl? Was it that big of a game in your history?
The Egg Bowl is coming up. Where is it? While I think MSU is superior this year, Ole Miss is a much improved team under Freeze. How do you see that playing out, and how much of an effect does that game have on recruiting in MS?
what is your prediction?
It's started as a good luck thing. After a cow wandered on the field we had a big comeback to beat Ole Miss (this was a long time ago haha). Students brought the cow for a while, but that got old so they started bringing the cow's bell. A couple of teachers in the engineering dept put a handle on one and boom- we have cowbells. Probably a little more history to it, but that's the general idea.
I think it is a big deal mainly because of how the game ended and moreso because of the snow and all. Plus you had Sherrill coaching in that game.
That game could go either way especially with it being in Oxford. Much like this weekend, how MSU handles their offense will go a long way in determining the winner. And win or lose, that game really doesnt affect recruiting like it did 20 or 25 years ago. Never these days does a kid pick a school based on who wins the Egg Bowl. Now if one side or the other wins nine of ten Egg Bowls or has a big streak, then it may affect but not just one game.
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