November 8, 2011

Bulldogs back to work Tuesday

Mississippi State changes its practice schedule this week by taking Sunday off and working Monday afternoon, which is usually their day of rest.

With Monday's full-padded practice in the books the Bulldogs hit the practice fields again on Tuesday in preparation for their weekend showdown with No. 3 Alabama.

"It was okay," Mullen said of Tuesday's practice. "We were a little sharper and a little more intense yesterday and we tried to mix some things up today on them and made it a tougher practice. We gave them a lot of different looks and did a lot of difficult things. The great thing is it's Tuesday and we've got a lot of things to get cleaned up and we've got time to clean it up."

Naturally MSU is getting ready to contend with the Crimson Tide's Heisman Trophy candidate running back Trent Richardson. Freshman running back Josh Robinson is playing the role of Richardson on the scout team and is a compact, explosive style runner in his own right.

"You try to (prepare for Richardson)," Mullen said. "You just got to wrap guys up and exaggerate things. We don't have a tailback that runs a 4.3 and benches 500-pounds. I don't think we have a guy on our team that does that. You can't simulate that but what you do is make sure you're over exaggerating every single tackle, wrapping up and making sure guys are running to the ball. It's not that you don't always want to do that but extra."

The two Twin State programs have a similar offensive philosophy even though Alabama runs out of a pro-style set and the Bulldogs line up in the spread. Both offenses pound the ball out on the ground and are physical at the line of scrimmage.

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