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Mississippi State's new offense still needs work

By DAVID BRANDT
AP Sports Writer

STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) - Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen wasn't quite sure if his defense was that good or his offense was that bad.

Regardless, he did know one thing after Friday's first full scrimmage of spring workouts: There's still a lot of work to do.

It wasn't all bad for Mullen's revamped offense that includes new starting quarterback Tyler Russell and new feature running backs LaDarius Perkins and Nick Griffin. Russell threw two touchdown passes and there were no turnovers in the nearly 150-play scrimmage, but there were also dropped passes, bad reads and ineffective stretches that plagued the marathon 2 ½ hour scrimmage.

In other words, the kind of things that won't allow Mississippi State to win in the ultra-competitive Southeastern Conference Western Division that includes Alabama, Auburn, LSU and Arkansas.

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