March 23, 2012

Bulldogs begin spring practice

Following back-to-back bowl victories, Mississippi State returned to the practice fields Friday afternoon in preparations for a third.

The Bulldogs were scheduled to begin spring drills but inclimate weather postponed practice a day. Head coach Dan Mullen was pleased with his squad's work in helmets and shorts on day one.

"It's been a long time since we've been out here on the field," Mullen said. "It's a great feeling to get back out here and start playing football again."

Mullen is entering his fourth season in Starkville and the roster primarily consists of most of the players he recruited. That combined with the practice routine he has established has created a level of confidence among his veterans.

"You see a little bit of maturity from the older guys," Mullen said. "Their emotion on the field is real. They are not trying to figure it out. They know what to do and know when to pick it up. I think you see that when you go from drill to drill sometimes. With the level of the drill, the older guys understand how to change their level of intensity at different times throughout practice."

There is also some leadership being shown by quarterback Tyler Russell. The rising junior is going through his third spring with MSU but his first being atop the depth chart behind center.


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