August 10, 2010

Bulldogs bounce back with high energy practice

Dan Mullen was a little concerned when Mississippi State began Tuesday morning's practice a little lethargic.

But the second year head coach was relieved to see the Bulldogs revive themselves and end the day with the same high energy and enthusiasm that he has come to expect from them.

"It was great energy today," Mullen said. "We did a lot of red zone, goal line work and specialty practice this morning. It was great energy. When we started it was a little bit slow at the beginning and you get a little worried when the energy is not high right at the beginning of practice. But it turned and I loved the energy in how we finished. Guys were flying around at the end of practice and making a lot of plays. That's what we want to see."

Mullen was also pleased with Monday afternoon's efforts during the second practice. He decided to shake things up offensively with the quarterbacks interchanging Chris Relf, Tyler Russell and Dylan Favre in with the different offenses.

"We were moving guys around letting the quarterbacks play with each huddle and see how they respond," Mullen said. "We let Favre go with the ones some and jumbled them all around into the different huddles. We put Chris with the threes to see how they respond and to see Chris can be a leader with that group. We put Tyler with the ones and Favre with the twos, just moving everybody all over the place. I think that went pretty well and guys picked it up yesterday and noticed the leadership with the three quarterbacks."

Mullen has been pleased with the progress Relf has made since the end of the 2009 season. The rising junior signal caller has improved his leadership qualities throughout the offseason.



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