CATEGORY: FOC College Football

AUTHOR: PARRIS

HED:MSU players practice on their own

By Parrish Alford

Daily Journal

Practice for the 1998 football season has not begun at Mississippi State.

At least not for the coaching staff.

Coaches can't conduct and supervise structured practice sessions until early August, but that doesn't keep players from working out on their own.

Having an experienced football team has lent itself to some productive off-season workouts.

"Because all the guys have been here with the exception of a few, they are handling the throwing game themselves," MSU offensive coordinator and quarterbacks coach Lynn Amedee said. "These guys are to the point that they can call the formations and the routes one-on-one with the defensive backs.

"And it's done with the intensity that you have to have. It's not done lackadaisical."

All five quarterbacks are in school for the second summer session. Two junior Rob Morgan and redshirt freshman Wayne Madkin were in summer school for both sessions.

Amedee said junior Matt Wyatt, the returning starter, used the first summer session to trim down his 226-pound frame while building houses with his father in Prattville, Ala.

"He's lost a little weight, but conditioning was never a problem," Amedee said. "Matt came back talking about an attitude change, and you can see it ... the way he's worked this summer and in the film room."

Amedee says his quarterbacks are throwing the football every day and lifting weights and running four days a week.

The Bulldogs added more speed with their recruiting class. Amedee laughed away the mention of redshirts for freshmen running backs Edward Prather and Discenzo Miller.

"There's no chance they'll redshirt. We're not at that stage yet. We'll get those two freshmen ready in a hurry."

Waiting on Bean: The Bulldogs are awaiting official word on the eligibility of junior college transfer cornerback Robert Bean.

Bean is scheduled to complete one summer course within the next week or so and should be eligible for the fall.

The 6-foot-2, 185-pounder is expected to challenge for a starting position at one cornerback.

Waiting on the Hump: Renovation work is on schedule for Humphrey Coliseum, athletic director Larry Templeton said.

The men's basketball team will play its season opener against Arkansas-Pine Bluff Nov. 17 in Jackson and will play Northwestern (La.) State Nov. 21 in Tupelo.

Contractors have a Dec. 1 deadline to complete the work, but Templeton is hopeful the job will be finished in time for State to play its Nov. 25 game against Belmont University on campus the night before the football game at Ole Miss. If the work is not complete the Belmont game would be played in Tupelo.

The entire basketball schedule should be released by the end of the month. Only the location of a Dec. 5 game remains to be confirmed.

Bulldog Bites: In other basketball relocation, two men's exhibition games and a couple of women's regular season games are scheduled to be played at Newell-Grissom Coliseum near Five Points on campus. ... Renovation at Dudy Noble Field (baseball) is to begin later this month. More chairback seats and sky boxes are being added. ... Templeton said fund-raising for potential expansion of Scott Field (football) is on-going. "We have some fillers, but we're not to the point of having it committed. It's going to take a major gift."

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