MISS. STATE FOOTBALL: Bulldogs hit ‘toughest’ point of preseason camp

By Brad Locke/NEMS Daily Journal

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State went through its “toughest” day of preseason camp on Friday and came out the other side a better team.
That was coach Dan Mullen’s assessment. MSU held two practices Friday, and 16 more sessions remain before the Sept. 4 opener against Memphis.
“Today should be the toughest day of the year for us,” Mullen said after the first practice. “It should hurt, it should be miserable, it should be painful. If it can hurt and we can fight through and improve, we’ve got a chance to be a good team.
“And I thought we did. I thought we fought through, I thought we improved today.”
The Bulldogs now have 13 practices under their collective belt, but much remains to be done. Mullen is still trying to establish a strong second offensive line; receiver Chad Bumphis, the team’s top ball-catcher last season, is being pushed hard by Brandon Heavens at the ‘H’ position; and the tailback position is dealing with the departure of redshirt freshman Montrell Conner.
State will practice once today and then stay off the field Sunday.

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