When senior wide receiver Jamayel Smith first walked on at Mississippi State, he wasn't your typical…
Sunday Football Practice Report
Whether it feels new-year or old-hat, Mississippi State really is back at it after Sunday's formal start to August drills. Then again, Coach Sylvester Croom probably would like to begin the whole business over after a most unsatisfying first session. "I didn't think today was a very good start at all," he said. And why was that? "The heat won today, hands down. We weren't mentally tough." Indeed, the first-day conditions proved tougher than the Bulldogs, if not atypical for the first weekend of August. Trainers reported an air temperature of 103 degrees on the practice field and ground-level heat on the artificial field of 124.5 degrees. The post-practice ice water tubs were swarmed with players needing a fast cool-down, and a handful had to be helped their with cramping. Tough but not extraordinary, again. And Croom thought that the players handled the morning sprints session, a series of 16 half-gassers run at 6:00, very well. But between then and the 3:50 start of drills State...
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