October 18, 2011

No week off for the Bulldogs

After seven games Mississippi State enters the bye week at 3-4 overall on the year but all four losses have come in league play.

The Bulldogs are hoping to use the open date to finish strong and earn their second bowl bid in as many years.

"At the midpoint of the season we're not exactly where we want to be," said MSU coach Dan Mullen. "Every team that we've lost to is ranked in the top 25 nationally and we're not far off from winning some of those games. Obviously to have the program that we want to have we have to win all of those games. I think our guys see that there is a lot of good that can still come our way this season. We've just got to keep going in the same direction and keep improving and getting a little better every day."

MSU returned to practice Tuesday afternoon following Saturday's heartbreaking 14-12 loss to South Carolina. Mullen stated that the focus of practice during the bye week would be to continue to develop the younger players on the Bulldogs roster.

"We're just working on a lot of fundamentals and a lot of basic stuff," Mullen said. "We're getting reps for younger guys. For us a lot of the younger guys are guys who are playing in games. We have to get them accelerated. We can't sit off a week with those guys, they still need to continue to improve."

The offensive line is where the Bulldogs have been playing several newcomers due to injury this season. Mullen wants to see continued improvement from that group this week in practice.

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