What Mike Leach said about first Mississippi State football scrimmage of spring practice

Tyler Horka
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

Ebbs and flows. 

Mississippi State football coach Mike Leach was looking for them Saturday in the Bulldogs' first scrimmage of the spring practice schedule. He saw a lot of both, and that made him feel content. Why? 

"That's typically the sign of a good scrimmage," Leach said. 

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Leach said the sign of a good scrimmage is players executing in live-game situations. It's one thing to perform at a high level in drills on the practice field. It's another to do so lined up across from players dead set on preventing you from having success between the white lines. 

"Sometimes guys can go out there and play a little timid," Leach said. "I didn't see a lot of that." 

There are still plenty of question marks one scrimmage simply can't answer. Leach still doesn't know who his best five offensive linemen are, and Will Rogers still has to prove that he's Leach's best option at quarterback, too. 

Leach said he's never fully satisfied with quarterback play, and there's always room for improvement. Rogers threw an interception Saturday, one Leach said he would like to have back. 

For the most part, though, Leach said Rogers operated the offense effectively, but he also said that the defense also rose up and disrupted the offense's rhythm at key junctures of the scrimmage.

Ebbs and flows. 

"They played together pretty well," Leach said. "We were able to go out there with three units, and it still looked like football." 

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