October 5, 2009

Mullen proud of Bulldogs effort

Since day one Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen has wanted his team to play with a relentless effort.

So far he is pleased with what he has seen. The Bulldogs 2-3 on the season but have shown they are going to keep fighting until the final snap.

"I'm proud of the effort our kids have given," Mullen said. "They've played hard and done what we've asked them to do. What we have to do a much better job of is obviously not turning the ball over on offense and not giving up big plays on the defensive side of the ball and making plays when they are there to be made. Our coaches have to make sure they have the right guys coached up and knowing what's going to happen before it happens so they are in the best position to make plays."

MSU put the ball on the ground five times, losing four, in a 42-31 loss to Georgia Tech on Saturday night. Tyson Lee and Anthony Dixon fumbled twice each while Chris Relf dropped the ball once resulting in 21 points for the Yellow Jackets.

"We've got to do a better job during scout periods having extra guys on the field to strip the running backs of the ball," Mullen said. "With our quarterbacks it's just mental toughness. Our guys are straining and giving great effort and sometimes by doing that they are losing some of their fundamentals. We have to coach fundamentals on a daily basis. We've let that slide a little bit and you saw the result of that with the turnovers."

The Bulldogs secondary has been touched up for big plays this season. State is allowing opponents 190.8 yards passing per game on the year and have had a opposing receiver go over 100-yards in three of their five games this season.

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