April 14, 2009

Bulldogs begin final week of spring

Mississippi State began their fourth and final week of spring practice on Tuesday in preparation for Saturday's Maroon-White spring game.

The Bulldogs practices for just under three hours in shoulder pads and shorts on Tuesday giving the coaching positive looks as they close out the spring.

"These are huge practices," said head coach Dan Mullen. "Our guys came out and I thought they played well today. It continued what I want to see. We're going to watch the film now and see but the nice part is guys understand what we are expecting on the field. We are starting to see the execution and that is what we want out of them. Now they are learning how to give the effort we want while executing at the same time."

Mullen is seeing progress from the quarterback position. The top two signal callers, Tyson Lee and Chris Relf, are beginning to feel comfortable in the new offense and the execution is starting to show up on the practice fields.

"They have had up and down days," Mullen said of the quarterbacks. "From what I have seen they are understanding (the offense). When that light clicks on them, they start making quicker reads and that is what is important to them. On some of the plays the light is clicking a little faster than the others but that's part of our job to evaluate what they do well and what they really understand."

Many Bulldog fans are counting down the days until four-star signee Tyler Russell begins taking snaps under center in the fall. Mullen stated on Tuesday that he has no intentions on redshirting Russell if he is indeed ready to lead the program.

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