By Paul Jones/Special to the Journal
STARKVILLE – A passing summer thunderstorm delayed Mississippi State’s practice Tuesday morning. But it did not damper the effort or intensity as the Bulldogs opened the start of their first two-a-days schedule.
“Good day today,” said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. “At times I thought the defense played well, and I am happy with that, but we still have to get some depth on that side of the ball. The effort was good today and it was a nice cool day out there. No sun, and that helped.
“But you kinda expect that sometimes when you are installing right now,” he added. “You are in a phase where the defense has some good stuff, and then on offense we are just kinda installing plays more than game-planning.”
Mullen said as normal, the team focused more on the run game in the morning and shifted their focus to the passing game in the afternoon
“When we go two-a-days, we are usually a bit more run-emphasis in the morning and a little bit more pass-emphasis in the afternoon,” said Mullen. “But it never goes strictly one way or the other. It is just a little bit more emphasis on it.”
Mullen was asked further about the defensive depth and as he noted last week, one position on defense is the biggest depth concern.
“Obviously the D-line, and the D-line is a critical depth position for us. We have some young guys, but I would say if there’s a spot on the team where we are short on guys, we got to make up for on the D-line in recruiting.”