November 1, 2011

Improving execution

Mississippi State continued its game preparations for Tennessee-Martin on Tuesday and received a postgame speech from Linda Bell, the mother of fallen Bulldog Nick Bell who lost his battle with brain cancer one year ago.

Before Bell spoke to her son's former squad, head coach Dan Mullen took a few minutes to discuss things with the media in the team room inside the Shira Complex.

MSU is still working to improve some of the fundamental things such as taken care of the football after committing three turnovers last week against Kentucky.

"Obviously there are still so many things we need to improve on beyond the glaring ones," Mullen said. "There are still some plain little execution things you want to improve on and get cleaned up. We're still working on that stuff. There are still guys who need a lot of experience and every day they get a little bit better."

One unit that has shown plenty of improvement this season has been the linebacking corps. The position was decimated with the graduation of all three starters last year including Chris White and K.J. Wright moving on to the NFL. The Bulldogs also lost Michael Hunt during the spring after he decided to leave the program.

Junior Cameron Lawrence might have been the biggest surprise among that group of new starters. Lawrence is third in the Southeastern Conference with 70 tackles on the year.



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