By Paul Jones/Special to the Journal
STARKVILLE – Mississippi State avoided the frigid temperatures Sunday evening and moved bowl preparations inside of the Palmeiro Center.
Even though he grew up in New Hampshire, head coach Dan Mullen said he’s grown accustomed to weather in the South.
“I’m from up north but my blood’s thinned out real fast,” said Mullen. “Weather-wise, I’m a Southerner now.”
MSU went through its third day of practice with sights set on the New Year’s Day matchup with Michigan in the Gator Bowl. As with the first two days, Sunday featured more work for the younger guys with numerous veterans observing from the sidelines.
“There’s a lot of guys not out there,” said Mullen, noting that the Bulldogs’ heralded senior offensive lineman Derek Sherrod “didn’t take a snap in the team situation and that’s even bigger than not having (QB Chris) Relf out there.”
“When you do that, you’re giving some of the young guys an opportunity to do it. When we get to team work at the end, we want to see what the young guys can do. I’ve seen what the old guys can do.”
MSU continues its bowl prep today and will hold a scrimmage Thursday, which will feature numerous freshmen who are currently redshirting.