September 5, 2010

Mullen, Bulldogs get back to work

Dan Mullen and Mississippi State had plenty to celebrate about their dominating 49-7 win over Memphis in the season opener Saturday night.

But the Bulldogs party ended early Sunday morning as they begin to focus in on their Thursday night matchup against Auburn to begin the Southeastern Conference schedule.

"Normally we have a really light practice but it will be a little bit heavier of a practice than what we normally do on a Sunday," Mullen said. "I guess you don't really get to enjoy the win as much. We enjoyed it last night. We really put that aside to get ready for the short week."

MSU's offense totaled 569 yards against the Tigers, the most since 1994. The 42-point victory was also the largest since 1998 and gave the Bulldogs a chance to play a majority of the roster.

"It's an ideal thing for game one because for the last eight months a lot of guys have put in a lot of work," Mullen said. "We were able to rotate a lot of players through and some guys were really getting their first game action. We wanted to do that regardless of how the game went but it really allowed us to be more comfortable rotating the players with how the game went. It's great to get all those guys into the game and get some experience under their belt."

One player that made the most of his first playing time is redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Russell. The heralded Parade All-American completed 13-of-16 passing for 256 yards and tied a school record with four touchdown passes.



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