October 26, 2010

Bulldogs battle the elements

Strong wind gusts and rain swept through Starkville on Tuesday afternoon but not even the weather could keep Dan Mullen and the Mississippi State Bulldogs off the practice fields.

On an afternoon where most head coaches would have scheduled an indoor practice, Mullen defied the odds and kept his practice outdoors and was able to get in a solid amount of work once the clouds lifted.

"It was wet when we first walked out there and nobody had any faith in me," Mullen said. "Everybody was looking at me like I had six heads as to why we weren't going inside. Within five minutes the sun came out and we were good to go. It was a good day of work. Tuesday is always a tough, physical day for us and we got a lot of the run and playaction stuff in so it was good."

The Bulldogs are continuing their preparations for this Saturday's return to Southeastern Conference play with their tilt against Kentucky. The Wildcats offense is particularly a focal point of MSU's attention this week.

"This is a tough, explosive high-scoring, offensive unit," Mullen said. "We are going to have to play great defense hopefully just to contain them. I don't know that you are going to stop them."

Another area the Bulldogs are working on is the passing of junior quarterback Chris Relf to prevent the Wildcats from simply stacking the box against the run. Relf has completed just 12-of-28 passing for 140 yards, one touchdown and no interceptions over the past two games.

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