Week 1 Mississippi State 49 - ECU 21 The Good * The decision to start J.J. Pruitt looked like a wise choice based on week 1 performance. Pruitt passed for 296 yards and 4 TD, and rushed for 21 yards and a TD. * Todd Martin performed well as the slot reciver catching 5 passes for 104 yards. He doesn't have great speed but is a solid route runner and solid pass catcher. The quarterbacks also did a good job spreading out the passes. There were 12 receivers with at least 1 reception and 4 players caught TD passes. * The starting defense only allowed 7 points in the first half and freshman Grant Martinez racked up 2 sacks. Also saw contribution from freshman Quincy Reid who picked off a pass. There is some areas of improvement needed on this side but was happy to see the freshman make an early contribution. The Not so Good * The run game is expected to carry this team but the top 2 backs struggled in this game. ECU is the worst defense we will face so this could be a big problem. Starter Derrick Milton managed just 23 yards on 6 carries, and most of that came on 1 run. He will need to get more carries and be more productive in future games. * The quarterbacks threw a combined 3 picks on 32 total attempts. Pruitt was picked off once while backup Jamil Golden threw 2 picks. We wanted to see what Golden could bring to the team, but he was disappointing in week 1. * The backup defense is a big concern, ECU racked up most of their yards against the B-squad. QB Cody Keith finished with 393 yards against the MSU defense. He is a solid QB but pass defense was expected to be an area of strength for the Bulldogs. Starting free safety Taveze Clahoun grabbed an INT and tied for team lead in tackles, but he also missed several tackles. Calhoun was one of the few starters who played the entire game. * The kick and punt teams are going to be a problem for MSU this season. Neither kicker has great leg power and we will not see many touchbacks this season. Kickoff coverage was good but not great for MSU. The long return for ECU on 7 kicks was 27 yards.