Six days until Mississippi State takes on Memphis at the Liberty Bowl. Time for links.
With MSU opening its 2011 season next Thursday at Memphis, the normal game-week routine is being pushed up, but Mullen still prefers to stick to the regular calendar. Thus, today's practice will be like a normal Sunday practice as the Bulldogs hone in on the Tigers. Players will work in only helmets today, and Mullen said he'll address some "base things" regarding the game plan.
"Half the practice is going to be dedicated to a game simulation for us where we simulate everything from how we get in the locker room to how we warm up," he said.
The Commercial Appeal looks at Memphis' starting quaterback.....Andy Summerlin! Give him a hand, folks!
Sophomore Andy Summerlin entered the preseason as the No. 1 quarterback in the University of Memphis football camp, withstood a strong challenge from true freshman Taylor Reed and was rewarded Thursday when Tigers coach Larry Porter named him his starter for next week's season-opening game against No. 20 Mississippi State.
So what does Mullen know about Summerlin? Not much.
Just in time for game preparation, Memphis named their starting quarterback in sophomore Andy Summerlin.
Mullen said he doesn't know much about him, but he'll figure out what he can and prepare for the Tigers.
"Not a whole lot," Mullen said. "Like I said, you would look at him in general. He didn't play a whole lot last year, so we're just gonna have to go off what we read a little bit."
While many questioned whether this then-junior newcomer from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College could fill the shoes of Anthony Dixon, State's career-leading rusher, Ballard went about his business.
While splitting carries with sophomore LaDarius Perkins, he amassed 968 rushing yards and an impressive 20 total touchdowns. The feat was a school record, which included 19 scores on the ground.
If Tyler Russell puts up similar stats that he did in last year's Memphis game, I like our chances. Just a hunch.
The third-year sophomore would like to repeat that sense of accomplishment at 7 p.m. Sept. 1 against Memphis one year later.
"You can't think about what you did last year or even the last game," Russell said. "What worked for me was blocking out all the things that weren't important and just doing what I was coached."
Russell went 13 of 16 for 256 yards after relieving starting quarterback Chris Relf.
Defensive lineman Kaleb Eulls, who's been working at both tackle and end, said it gave him a chance to learn the system, the speed of the game, and what coaches expect of players. Lewis wasn't quite so patient. He was eager to play last year but can now appreciate the value of redshirting.
"I'm a better player on the field," he said. "I know what to do and when to do it and how to do it. It just helped me to do some things I couldn't do that I thought I could do, but I couldn't do, but now I know I can do it."
"Let’s make sure to get this clear: it was not his decision to go to Houston," Stansbury said. "Everybody understand that. I made that decision, nobody else made that decision. I made the decision, OK? That’s where that is and, again, would I have liked for him to have been on the trip? I would have and it would have been good, but there are some things he had to handle that he hadn’t handled. Since then, he has."