New look for Bulldogs

STARKVILLE – Mississippi State’s new look extends beyond coach Dan Mullen and his spread offense.
Under a bright blue sky Wednesday, MSU unveiled its new Adidas-made uniforms in front of about 125 fans and media outside the Barnes amp& Noble Campus Bookstore.
Players Jamar Chaney, Anthony Dixon, Derek Sherrod and Bo Walters modeled the four different combinations State will use this coming season.
The slickly designed uniforms use ClimaCool, a kind of fabric that aids in ventilation.
But they’re just uniforms. No big deal, right?
“How you look determines how you perform in a lot of ways,” said Sherrod, a junior offensive lineman. “If you look good, you feel good. And I think we look really good now.”
The always colorful Dixon, a senior tailback, struck a Heisman pose on the small makeshift stage and stated the goal of winning a national championship.
Very ambitious, but that’s Dixon.
“It’s a new look, fresh start, all of the above,” he said.
Offense: From what to how
– With the Maroon-White Spring Game two days away, Mullen’s spread offense is starting to come together.
“[The] teaching’s kind of finished, teaching what to do, and now we’re teaching how to do it,” Mullen said.
He added that the receivers are better on route-running, and the quarterbacks are making better, quicker reads.
Chaney, a senior linebacker, has noticed.
“Our offense the first couple days wasn’t looking good at all,” he said, “but now they’re clicking, and we’re really seeing what the spread offense is all about on defense.”
MSU will practice today and Friday, and the spring game is 5:30 p.m. Saturday. The new uniforms will not be worn in the game, but Mullen hopes the team looks good in the way it plays.
“The last couple of days have been encouraging, and if we have a great day (today), that gives us a solid foundation to build on going into next fall,” he said.
O-line ‘working together’
– A key to the offense’s progress has been the line play. Mullen said it’s been “up and down” this spring but is pleased with the direction the group is headed.
Sherrod said the linemen are better at “working together. Because last year we had people switching up positions, but I think we’re finally becoming comfortable with our positions. Since we can do that, now we can go on and learn our plays and learn our fundamentals.”

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