September 4, 2008

Croom believes in Bulldogs potential

After a season-opening upset loss to Louisiana Tech on Saturday, Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom is not ready to throw in the towel.
While he was disappointed in his team's performance in its first game, Croom's feelings about their promise remains intact.

" My feelings about us potentially haven't changed," Croom said. "But we have some work to do and some attitude corrections to do.

The Bulldogs also lost their season opener in 2007 but went on to have an 8-5 season that included a Liberty Bowl victory. But Croom was quick to point out there was no comparison between the loss to eventual National Champion LSU and Louisiana Tech.

"It's different in some ways," Croom said. "I thought we played a very, very good football team last year. I thought we played very well in a lot of areas in the game last year except for of course we turned the football over.

"I'm not taking anything away from Louisiana Tech but I didn't feel like we played very well. We were out of character as far as the penalties and the turnovers and that was a concern. As far as us being able to handle adversity, we've had a lot of experience doing that so I'm not concerned about us being able to bounce back."

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