Bulldogs Hit the Ground Running

Gator Bowl: MSU (8-4) vs. No. 21 Northwestern (9-3), EverBank Field, Tuesday, 11 a.m., ESPN2 (Bob WischusenDanny Kanell and Allison Williams)


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | Things are still sorta dead around here, but that’ll change soon enough. MSU and Northwestern are already here to crank things up, and you can read about it in today’s Journal.

MSU coach Dan Mullen said his team did a little workout yesterday upon arrival, and Northwestern coach Pat Fitzgerald noted that “it’s critical we re-focus and peak at the right time.” Both coaches also talked about balancing work with fun and the challenges they face in preparing for each other.

Mullen on Northwestern: “They’re a top-20 football team nationally and a couple of plays away from winning their conference title. Top to bottom they’re a very, very good football team, and well-coached. It’s going to be a tough challenge.”

Fitzgerald on MSU: “Danny has done a great job with his ball club. They’re very physical, very fast, very athletic in all three phases. It’s going to be a great challenge for us.”

(I’ve never heard someone call him Danny before. But, they’re good friends.)

Both teams will have ample opportunity for fun this week, but today marks the beginning of practices. MSU will be out at North Florida this morning, and I’ll be over there to view the first few minutes before they close it. I’ll have post-practice reaction and video for you on the blog this afternoon.

• I haven’t noticed any other media here except for a local TV guy at last night’s welcoming party. Not sure how much press we’ll see from the Northwestern side. Heck, the only other story I can find this morning mentioning Fitzgerald and the Wildcats is this one from the Florida Times-Union comparing the two teams’ offenses.

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. I also co-host The Memo and Prep Rally podcasts and host the Newsbreak program. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04).

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