August 7, 2012

Bulldogs have a change in scenery

With final exams completed on Monday it's now full training camp mode at Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs have checked into the team hotel and have moved their practices across campus to the south farm for two weeks of nothing but football.

"What makes this the best time of the year how the calendar works is these next two weeks are the only time of the year where we're playing football with nothing else to worry about," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "There's no school. The only opportunity you get like that is bowl prep so I think this is a great time of year where our guys are just concentrating on football and trying to be the best they can be on the field where we can continue growing this program and building it into a championship program."

For some of the Bulldogs newcomers it's their first experience at the new location. Although the practice field at south farm is located just a few miles from their usual surroundings, the rookies are finding out just how different it can be out there.

"Some young guys figured out what it's like because they've never been over there," Mullen said. "They are looking for shade and there's none out there. They got a little bit more rain out there so the fields were a little bit more soggy today. It's that mindset that there is no school and it's just football time, training camp. Being at a different location for training camp is a different time of year and being out there at the farm makes it feel different."

Mullen will rely on 19 seniors to help lead his team this fall. Many of those seniors were a part of Mullen's initial recruiting class in 2009.

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