April 24, 2012

Bulldogs pay attention to detail

Mississippi State lost two games last season by a touchdown or less and finished with seven wins.

Leaving those two games on the field in the fall became motivation for the Bulldogs this spring according to Dan Mullen, who liked what he saw from his squad as they wrapped up practices on Saturday.

"I liked the attitude we had out there," Mullen said. "I thought we had a sense of urgency this spring trying to improve every single day at practice and worried about every play. There were a couple of different plays last year that would have turned our season around. You never know when those plays are going to occur and I liked the approach that our guys took that each play was critical all spring. It's important to have that mindset in the game but when you can develop it at practice you're going in the right direction."

Entering his fourth season in Starkville, Mullen finally feels he has the necessary depth at nearly every position which has created position battles all over the field for the Bulldogs. Mullen feels that competition will only benefit his team down the line.

"When you have depth it certainly helps," Mullen said. "It also helps when you do have that competition and can really lead to improvement out there on the field because you're being pushed every day at practice."

One position that has finally started to produce depth is at receiver. Mullen had to start from scratch four years ago at the position as he introduced the spread offense which required much more personnel than was previously on the State roster.

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