December 10, 2010

Bulldogs return to practice

Mississippi State returned to the practice fields on Friday for the first time since claiming a 31-23 win over Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl on Nov. 27.

The Bulldogs are beginning their preparations to face Michigan in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1 but eased back into the process by practicing in helmets only on a chilly evening in Starkville.

"It's good to get back on the practice fields and getting some work done after a couple of weeks," said MSU head coach Dan Mullen. "It's good to run around and get a sweat on and throw and catch the ball a little bit and shake loose some of those cobwebs in their mind."

MSU worked for an hour and a half with mostly the underclassmen getting a majority of the reps during team drills.

"This week from now until Thursday is a lot about development," Mullen said. "Some of our older guys are going to get a lot of individual work but when we go to team periods I want to see some of these young offensive linemen get in there and have to step up and start getting ready to play."

The Bulldogs also experimented with some position changes on Friday. Defensive tackle James Carmon tried his hand at left tackle to possibly replace graduating senior Derek Sherrod next season.

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