Mississippi State manager Mike Leach said he will need to evaluate the roster and possibly “eliminate” some players who don’t fit the plan after Saturday’s 24-2 defeat to Kentucky.
The Bulldogs, who opened the season with a 44-34 win over reigning national champion LSU and an SEC record of 623-yard passing, failed to score on offense and had six interceptions against Kentucky. Mississippi State lost their second straight game after last week’s 21-14 home defeat to Arkansas, which resulted in a 20-game SEC losing streak.
“We’ll have to check out some of our group and figure out who really wants to play here,” Leach said after the Kentucky defeat, “because for any discontent, we̵
Mississippi State overtook Kentucky 296-157 and held the ball for nearly 35 minutes. Kentucky had an 8-yard interception return for a touchdown and only went 22 yards and 2 yards on two other scoring drives. Quarterback K.J. Costello, who shone in the opening, launched four interceptions before being replaced by freshman Will Rogers, who was intercepted twice.
“We didn’t play together at all,” Leach said. “You can really tell it all. We have to find a way to clean it up. Their three offensive boys can consistently beat our fives. Our receivers didn’t consistently catch the ball. quarterback who weren’t in the right place. “
Asked if Costello, a transfer graduate from Stanford, would remain the titular of Mississippi State, Leach said, “We’ll have to go back and take a look and see.”
Leach also pointed to poor offensive play, penalties, and missed passes as problems that plagued the Mississippi State offense against Kentucky. He said the Bulldogs have trained well but have not translated their performance into the game, noting that the problems with the attack are “unity level”.
“Offensively, we’re not training very well right now,” Leach said. “We have to train better. If you watch this game, almost every problem we have has been self-inflicted. With a lot of respect to Kentucky, but one self-inflicted wound after another. I’ve played many games. balls we lost but I lost count “.
The State of Mississippi returns home next week to face number 21 Texas A&M.
“We have to become a better bout,” Leach said. “We have a new system, we have a bit of youth and inexperience, and we just have to stick together and train all the way.”