Everything Mike Leach said about second Mississippi State football scrimmage of spring

Tyler Horka
Mississippi Clarion Ledger

Mississippi State held its second scrimmage of the spring Saturday with one week left until the Maroon and White Spring Game on April 17. 

MSU coach Mike Leach said his team has consistently progressed throughout spring practices. Saturday was no different. Here's everything Leach said about the scrimmage. 

Opening statement: "I thought it was competitive. I thought we ran around hard. We battled. I thought we were sloppy on offense. I thought defense came out with a high level of urgency. Any time you play hard it will mask some errors you might make. I thought defensively we played harder than offensively. I thought the offense did some good things. Inconsistent, though." 

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On quarterback Will Rogers: "He's a work in progress. They're all works in progress. I think he does some good things. I didn't think this was his best work today, but I think he has been relatively consistent through spring." 

On the defensive line: "We've got a little bit of depth. We've got some speed. Some of those young guys are improving as we speak, and I think they did a good job generating pressure." 

On wide receiver Caleb Ducking: "He's got to stay focused the whole time. He's got to get tougher. He needs to focus more consistently, but I do think he's got some talent and we need it to surface all the time." 

On the offensive line: "I don't think they were as impressive today. Today I thought it was a little mixed, but I thought the second group took a step." 

On wide receiver Rufus Harvey: "Rufus is kind of an uncanny guy. Rufus is competitive. He's got some intangibles. He's definitely getting better." 

Mississippi State scrimmaged for the second time this spring on April 10.

On transfers Jalen Green, Randy Charlton and Makai Polk: "I think they've been pretty good because that portal can be hit and miss. I think so far they look pretty good." 

On depth at kicker: "It looks like it. I think it's developing that way." 

On general thoughts on the defense: "I think (Emmanuel) Forbes is getting better and better. I think what they did good defensively is they ran to the ball. That's the thing, everybody is trying to have perfect execution on a play but you don't get that very often. But if you run to the ball, you solve a lot of problems." 

On C.J. Morgan: "Great presence. Great leader. He's just a natural leader. One of those guys that you don't want to hurry the (injury rehab) up but you look forward to his future because I suspect there's big things ahead of him." 

On what needs to improve before the end of spring practices: "We've got to get better everywhere. I think we've got to get better everywhere, but I think we've had good work. We were able to go good on good today which it's late in the spring to do that so I thought that part was good." 

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