August 16, 2010

Bulldogs brace for final two-a-day practice

Monday afternoon marks the final day of two-a-days for Mississippi State.

The Bulldogs will soon get into their regular routine returning to their normal practice fields after school begins on Wednesday and head coach Dan Mullen has been pleased with the work his squad has put in at the south farm over the past week and a half.

"I think it's just a mindset when you're out there," Mullen said. "You'd like to stay out there as long as you could but with school starting it's harder. When you come back over here it's a mindset change in that you're preparing for game week. What I think the benefit of going there is that we can set certain and definite boundaries. When we are there, we are there and that's training camp when we come back over here you're starting to get more into game prep."

Naturally there have been times that the intensity level has dropped in the sweltering August humidity in Mississippi but Mullen has been proud of the way his team has found a way to respond.

"A couple of times at camp we've got worn down and exhaustion starts to set in and I think our coaching staff and our leadership on this team have done a great job every time that's started to happen," Mullen said. "They've really jumped in, got in the middle of it and picked the tempo up at practice. We need to continue to improve every single day and you can't come out and feel sorry for yourself and have a bad day. I think when you go to the farm there is nowhere to hide and everybody has to have a great day every day."

One of the senior leaders that has kept the squad on task is linebacker K.J. Wright. The three-year starter is coming into his own as a leader in his final season.

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