Merry Christmas, Dan Mullen

_*Dan Mullen*_ was like a kid on Christmas morning. So he said. Following this morning’s full-gear, full-contact drills – first of the spring – Mullen was eager to spend the afternoon, and maybe some of the evening, watching tape. “We get to go out and watch the film all day, it’s like Christmas morning right now,” Mullen said. “We get to go in and see what type of hand we’ve been dealt, see who can play and who likes contact and who’s physical.” The practice ended like MSU had just won a bowl game. In a drill from the 5-yard line, the offense atoned for some earlier mistakes by scoring several times, the last one a nifty reverse pitch to _*Christian Ducre’*_. The offensive players went nuts while the defensive guys commenced to running. “The offense found a way to win the scrimmage there at the end even though the defense was up big. I was pleased to see that,” Mullen said. “I was really disappointed with the execution in the first round of scrimmage we had for the offense, but you know what, they really toughened up when we got down to the goal line, punched the ball in a whole bunch.” Still, much to be pleased with on the defensive side. Players were excited to be suited up and laying some wood. “We did a good job today, a little competition thing we’ve got going on, slipped up at the end. But overall I think we did very well today,” said safety Charles Mitchell. Quarterback is a position to be closely watched, of course. _*Tyson Lee*_, the incumbent, has looked more comfortable so far than backup _*Chris Relf*_. “I think it’s a little easier for Tyson in the adjustments, but Chris today did some nice things, running around and made a couple of plays,” Mullen said. “As Chris gains confidence in his experience, I think he’ll have the opportunity to help us next year.”

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