September 14, 2010

Bulldogs preparing for road test

Following Thursday's narrow 17-14 defeat to Auburn, Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen decided to give his team the next three days off to rest.

When the Bulldogs returned to the practice fields on Monday afternoon it took a little while to work off some of the weekend rust. But according to Mullen the team worked out the kinks on Tuesday in preparation for their first road test at LSU.

"Guys get into such a routine during the season," Mullen said. "We came in and just lifted and watched the film on Friday. So you haven't been on the field Friday, Saturday, Sunday and don't get back out there until Monday afternoon so it's four full days almost since they've played the game. It takes a little while to get the parts oiled up so yesterday's practice started slow but I think we looked a lot better today."

No fans or media have been allowed to attend practice since the opening week but the noise coming from the practice fields sounds as if an entire stadium is viewing. MSU has been piping in artificial crowd noise that includes several renditions of The Golden Band from Tigerland.

"I'm a big believer in crowd noise so when you play on the road the crowd noise blares throughout the entire practice," Mullen said. "Some people do it for one drill or one day but with the crowd noise we do it every period of every day so it's a constant."

Mullen dropped his first career game as a head coach 30-26 against the Tigers last season but learned two valuable lessons from that experience that he has passed along to his players this week.

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