This spring football game for the Mississippi State Bulldogs may be the most anticipated April football game in MSU history. There are several different reasons why it is so appealing. Joe Moorhead, new coaching staff, new players, and returning young talent are only a few reasons why the Bulldog fanbase will show up on April 21 for the annual Spring Football Game during Super Bulldog Weekend (April 20-22).
Of course, the biggest reason why the Mississippi State fanbase will show up on April 21 is because of new head coach Joe Moorhead. Who wouldn’t want to see the changes Coach Moorhead is going to bring? Obviously the offense is the main change that many State fans will want to see because of the control that Coach Moorhead will have on that side of the ball, BUT there will be changes on both sides of the ball considering that Joe Moorhead has nearly put together a brand new coaching staff.
There will be a few new faces come spring practice due to high school students who graduated early and enrolled during this spring semester. During the spring game we should definitely see the new JUCO transfer, Stephen Guidry. The wide receiver out of Hinds Community is on campus at Mississippi State and will be participating in spring practice. Many State fans expect Guidry to start on September 1st vs. Stephen F. Austin. Devonta Jason (AKA Whop), another 4-star receiver, has also enrolled early and will be attending spring practice. Whop has the chance to come in and make an immediate impact on this young receiving group at MSU. There are already rumors he could start at slot receiver come football season. Marcus Murphy is another recruit MSU signed that is expected to participate in spring practice. Murphy, a 3-star athlete out of West Point HS, can do it all. At West Point he saw playing time at QB, CB, HB, and FS. He very well could see playing time at more than one position, but if I had to guess we’ll be seeing Marcus Murphy on the defensive side of the ball at safety. With Murphy playing QB in high school, he can read offenses well back at safety.
During this year’s spring game you won’t miss the returning young talent Mississippi State has. This is something that everyone across the southeast is talking about. MSU returns 4 of its 5 starters on the offensive line. The defensive line is going to be a force to be reckoned with. We return linebackers Leo Lewis, Eroll Thompson, Willie Gay, and Gerri Green. The linebacker group has been called “young” in the past, but now I think we can classify this group as hungry and experienced. Anywhere you look on Mississippi State’s depth chart there is talent. Honestly, you can just scroll through the roster and see key names without even having to look for them.
The 2018 football season should be fun considering all of the transformations Mississippi State football has gone through over the last 4 months. Don’t miss the first chance to see the new coaching staff and the new Bulldogs on April 21 during the Maroon and White spring football game.