August 26, 2010

Bulldogs getting back on track

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen has been trying for the past few days to get the rhythm back at practice since the walk-on scout team joined the ranks.

The Bulldogs took a huge step in that direction Thursday as they continue to prepare for their season opener against Memphis on Sept. 4.

"It was a little bit better and a little bit cleaner today," Mullen said. "We got into a little bit of scout team work and there was a little bit more understanding and better tempo at practice as well."

Mullen praised the progress of his offensive line and credits their development to the work that offensive line coach John Hevesy has done with the unit since their arrival.

"I think having guys like Derek Sherrod, who is a good lineman and has really come into his own and we were very fortunate to have him here when we got here," Mullen said. "We had some guys that had played with some talent. I think John Hevesy is the best line coach that there is. I've been with John for a long time now and I've worked with John longer than I've known my wife. He's the best line coach in the country and the best line coach I've ever been around. He's done a great job developing them and developing them as a unit playing together and believing in each other."

Another player that Mullen has been pleased with this fall is senior punter Heath Hutchins. The former junior college All-American punted 50 times last season for a 39.7 yard average. Mullen, who also serves as MSU's special teams coordinator, feels that Hutches has become much more reliable.

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