Hitting begins today at MSU

STARKVILLE – The freshmen continued to adjust, but coach Dan Mullen liked what he saw from his Mississippi State team Thursday, the fourth day of preseason camp and second day in shoulder pads.
“There’s a lot to clean up,” Mullen said. “But today’s practice, we came out – if you give real good effort, we can spend time coaching the little details, because we’re not coaching how to run to the ball and how to go hard, they’re doing that.”
Mullen continued the installation of his spread option offense in the morning session.
During passing drills, and later during team drills, the secondary made it tough going on the quarterbacks. The practice ended with senior cornerback Marcus Washington intercepting heralded freshman quarterback Tyler Russell.
Mullen will press on with installation today, but this time in full pads and with full contact.
“It’ll be a little black-and-blue practice out here (today), that’s for sure,” Mullen said.
The Bulldogs have stayed healthy so far, although defensive lineman Brandon Cooper was out after getting poked in the eye in Wednesday’s practice.
Today is media day, with Mullen, his coaches and selected players meeting the press at 2:30 p.m.

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