Bulldogs enthusiastic on Day 2 of bowl practice

By BRAD LOCKE / NEMS Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State was in the Christmas spirit Saturday.
It’s the first weekend of the holiday break, and the Bulldogs practiced with the energy of children just out of school.
“For our guys, they get to come out and play football for another couple of weeks,” coach Dan Mullen said. “There’s no school, and they just get to play football. This is really Christmas for them to be able to do those things.”
It was Day 2 of MSU’s on-field preparation for its Gator Bowl date with Michigan. The focus was on installation and getting younger players more reps with the first and second teams.
“Kind of like Day 1 of spring ball,” Mullen said. “Got a lot of the young players rotating in there, starting to learn it. It’s their opportunity to finally finish up their freshman year with a great foundation. They’re not learning going into spring ball, they’re reviewing, and that’s really important.”
The receivers were coached by graduate assistant Angelo Mirando, because Mark Hudspeth has taken the head post at Louisiana-Lafayette. Mirando came with Mullen from Florida.
MSU returns to the field at 6 today. As with the first two practices, it’s open to the public.
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