November 15, 2011

State prepping for hot Hogs offense

Mississippi State is working on defense this week trying to prepare themselves for Arkansas high powered offense.

The Razorbacks lead the conference in total offense and points scored. During practice MSU has worked a lot with the first team defense going against the first team offense during practice.

Several true freshmen on the scout team have also had to give the Bulldogs defense the look of Arkansas' talented wideouts like Joe Adams, Jarius Wright and Greg Childs.

"We try to do a little bit more ones on ones so our good receivers are going against our secondary so they get that real speed look," Mullen said. "Then you take your young guys like Joe Morrow and Devin Fosselman who have got to give you somewhat looks of what they are going to see. Josh Robinson has a lot of speed and can give you those looks."

The Hogs feature a huge senior class of 18 players loaded with homegrown talent. A dozen of those seniors are from within Arkansas boarders which is a formula Mullen is trying to establish in the Magnolia State as well.

"I see Mississippi State the same way," Mullen said. "If all the top players in Mississippi come and play for us that allows you to go be a top 10 team nationally and compete for national championships. (Arkansas) has done a good job of doing that of getting the top players in their state. Once you get that done then you expand and fill in some pieces out of state. They obviously have a great senior class, guys that have been together for a long time and decided to represent their state about four or five years ago on signing day."

The word coming out of Fayetteville on Tuesday was the junior running back Knile Davis has been back practicing. Davis has missed the entire year with an ankle injury that was originally thought to keep him sidelined for the season. In 2010, Davis led the entire SEC with 1,322 yards and scored 13 touchdowns.

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