December 13, 2010

Bulldogs brave the cold

With temperatures just above the freezing mark at 1 p.m. when Mississippi State began practice most of the team was bundled up with as much clothing as possible.

Well everyone except offensive line coach John Hevesy who was clad in shorts. Even New Hampshire native Dan Mullen wore a jacket and toboggan.

But despite the chilly conditions the Bulldogs got in another solid practice as the underclassmen again got the majority of the reps as they continue Gator Bowl preparations for Michigan.

"It was pretty good," Mullen said. "It wasn't sloppy. At times it can be a distraction for you if you are more worried about being out here in the cold. I guess a lot of other teams around the country wouldn't consider this a cold practice but I was pleased. The focus was real good today and guys are just working to get better."

MSU is four days into their postseason practice schedule and Mullen has allowed his younger players and true freshmen to get in valuable reps with the first and second team units. For some players it is their first opportunity in that position.

"This whole week is about letting the young guys improve," Mullen said. "It's the base offense and not much complicated stuff put in and base defense without many complicated blitzes put in. We're giving the young players more opportunities to go out and make plays. We did a little bit more game situations so instead of it being controlled it was a down and distance deal so they had to get used to playing a football game."

The Bulldogs will continue with the same type of focus for the next two practices before concluding with an underclassmen scrimmage inside Davis Wade Stadium Thursday night.



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