STARKVILLE – Dan Mullen can’t catch a break with the weather, but his players haven’t let it divert their focus.
For the second day in a row, Mississippi State found itself practicing inside the Palmeiro Center instead of out at the South Farm fields on the edge of campus. MSU did get some work done out there Tuesday, but rain and lightning eventually forced the action indoors.
Mullen said the Bulldogs didn’t let the change of scenery hamper their work.
“You go inside, you take that big distraction, come back in, refocus, and get back to work without really missing a step. I was pretty proud of our guys for doing that,” Mullen said.
MSU is also having to deal with summer classes, which in the past haven’t stretched this far into preseason camp. Final exams end Friday.
It was the second day for MSU to be in full pads, as the installation process continues. The team will do some scrimmage work Thursday, and the focus will then shift with two-a-days starting Saturday.
As the Bulldogs work toward their Aug. 31 season opener against Oklahoma State, Mullen’s evaluation includes the freshmen, some of whom could find the field this fall. He said figuring out who gets to play instead of redshirting is a decision that will come later in camp.
“It’s great, Day 1 installation when we’re really not doing much and telling them exactly what to do, and then you start adding some more moving parts,” he said. “Can they adapt to those moving parts, because there’s going to be moving parts on Saturdays.”
That opener will be more challenging that usual because of the opponent. Oklahoma State is the favorite to win the Big 12 this year, and while Mullen said that doesn’t change the routine in preseason camp, there is a mental adjustment.
“We haven’t changed how we’re going about our practices and our installation and all that stuff,” Mullen said, “but it’s more in the psychological deal in your mind than what we’re actually doing.”