August 6, 2012

Split practices provide individual attention

Mississippi State was back on the practice fields Monday morning. Well at least half the team was.

The Bulldogs once again split the roster for a morning and afternoon practice session that also avoided thunderstorms that rolled through the Starkville area around noon.

Head coach Dan Mullen feels that splitting the practices up allows for more individual coaching which benefits some of the younger players just starting their careers.

"When you split practice there are so many little things that you've got to get done," Mullen said. "If you're going to split practice there are some benefits to it like focusing on the little things and not the big things like the instillation or scheme. It allows you to really break it down and get with the individual and that's what a lot of today was. There was a lot of individual work even though we did team and 7-on-7. There was a lot of attention on individually doing things the right way."

One position group he does not have to worry too much about from a leadership standpoint is wide receiver. MSU has four senior receivers in Chad Bumphis, Brandon Heavens, Chris Smith and Arceto Clark that are helping to provide leadership not only to that position but to the entire offense.

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