August 2, 2008
Bulldogs report for fall practice
The Mississippi State Bulldogs reported for fall camp Saturday afternoon for their first of two meetings on the day.
The team met for just over an hour going over a combination of team and campus rules and regulations.
"Coach just basically told us what our goals were, what the rules were and what he expects out of us," said junior running back Anthony Dixon. "He went over all the team rules and all the policies. It's good to be reminded because sometimes they change things."
Head coach Sylvester Croom and his staff discussed general information such as team policies, parking, training room policies, weight room rules, campus regulations, firearms and conduct.
"Stuff that's boring but has been the most problematic," Croom said.
Croom left the meeting pleased with the attention to detail his squad paid and hoped it translates into the evening meeting scheduled for 6 p.m.
"I thought they were very attentive today at the meeting," Croom said. "I thought they were very attentive and alert probably more so than any of the previous meetings. I thought they were locked in very well."
The Bulldogs did not discuss any on-the-field matters at the opening meeting but were expected to at the evening assembly set for 6 p.m.
Croom said all his players were accounted for Saturday except for incoming freshmen Trevor Stigars and Terrance Davis. Croom expected both players to be with the team sometime this week.
"We're just waiting until that gets finalized," Croom said. "I think that'll happen in the next day or so. Every indication that I got was they will be here practicing sometime this week. The sooner the better."
The Bulldogs are expected to open up day two of fall camp with a 6 a.m. run Sunday morning with a newcomers only meeting thereafter. MSU will hit the practice field for the first time at 4 p.m.
"Everybody has a few jitters right now," said senior safety Derek Pegues. "But after we get out there and run tomorrow and get out there on the field, everything will be gone away. The first day is always the best day. Everybody will be out there flying around. It may slow down through the week but it'll pick back up when we get the pads on."
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