August 9, 2009

Mullen proud of the progress

One of Dan Mullen's major concerns over the summer is that his team would take a step back from what they accomplished during the spring.

The first year Mississippi State head coach was not only pleased that the Bulldogs did not lose ground but also made strides on their own during the offseason.

One position that worried him was at quarterback. Both Tyson Lee and Chris Relf had the opportunity to be introduced to Mullen's spread offense during spring practice and seem to be ahead of schedule as fall camp enters its second week.

"I think our two quarterbacks have made steps," Mullen said. "They must have worked hard this summer throwing the ball because they are throwing the ball much more accurately than they were in the spring. They've made strides."

Lee started the final eight games of the season in 2008 leaving Mullen to expect a lot from the 5-foot-10, 200-pound senior.

"With Tyson, my expectations of him are obviously very high," Mullen said. "Tyson hasn't done anything to blow me away but he certainly hasn't done anything to disappoint me. I had very high expectations of Tyson picking up right where he left off in the spring and actually being better from where he was in the spring and he's done that. Sitting at meetings, he knows the offense and knows the checks. We're actually holding him back a little bit and not getting as advanced in the offense to let the younger guys catch up and make sure we hammer it home for him to make sure he knows everything that's going on, on the field."

Relf helped his own cause over the summer after look erratic at times during the spring. Relf saw action in two games last season completing 2-of-9 passing for 13 yards but worked hard to push for more playing time this year.

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