March 24, 2009

Bulldogs begin spring practice

STARKVILLE, Miss., - The Dan Mullen era at Mississippi State officially got underway Tuesday afternoon with a spirited three and a half hour workout to begin the spring practice period.

The Bulldogs welcomed back 41 letterman and 12 starters from last season but it was a new environment as the players and the new coaching regime get adjusted to one another as they install new offensive and defensive schemes.

"We've got a long way to go," Mullen said. "But our guys came out today and gave some effort and that's what we were looking for after this offseason. They gave good effort we've just got a lot of execution to do. Fortunately we have two days to get some things cleaned up and we will be a little bit better on Thursday."

One area Mullen already saw improvement in was on the defensive side of the ball. After a slow start the unit began to gel as they began team drills towards the end of the session.

"The defense started slow but at the end I thought they did a great job starting to run to the ball a little bit," Mullen said. "We need to see that keep going. I don't know if there was anybody that jumped out and made us say 'Boy we got ourselves a football player'. We've got a long way to go to get ourselves some football players."

MSU worked out five quarterbacks on the afternoon with returning starter Tyson Lee running with the first unit followed by Chris Relf, Cameron Lawrence, Todd Kilpatrick and Riley Saunders.

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