September 2, 2010

Porter talking Mississippi State

A year ago Mississippi State's Dan Mullen was making the final preparations to begin his career as a college head coach.

This season another coach will be making his debut at Davis Wade Stadium when Memphis' Larry Porter dons a headset on the sidelines Saturday night at 6 p.m. The former assistant head coach and running backs coach at LSU is looking forward to seeing how his new set of Tigers will do in Starkville.

"I think it's a tremendous opportunity for this program," Porter said. "We definitely look forward to this opportunity. I think we are playing a quality team. We're looking forward to our players taking the field with a fighting spirit and a winning heart."

Porter has helped LSU win five straight games over the Bulldogs but has plenty of respect for the things Mullen is doing with the program since his arrival.

"I think Coach Mullen has done a tremendous job in terms of getting those guys to believe in what he's trying to get done there," Porter said. "He's given them an opportunity bases on what I've been reading to give them a great offseason as well as fall camp. That's good because what I've allowed our team to do is really and truly focus on us knowing that we have a great opportunity ahead of us if we do the things that we should be doing, it puts us in a position to go down there to pursue victory."

MSU led the Southeastern Conference in rushing last season averaging 227.6 yards per game. But the Bulldogs will be without the services of the school's all-time leading rusher this year in Anthony Dixon, who was drafted by San Francisco.

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