March 26, 2009

Bulldogs complete second day of spring

New Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen saw some improvement during day two of spring drills but is far from pleased where his team is at.

The Bulldogs practiced for around two and a half hours Thursday afternoon in preparation for their first pad practice on Saturday morning.

"There were some improvements but a long way to go," Mullen said. "I think offensively the execution, I was a little bit disappointed in the speed in which we are picking things up right now. Obviously we have to find some skilled athletes and some playmakers out there. We'll get there eventually."

MSU cut their practice time by and hour on Thursday beginning at 3:30 p.m. and ending at 6 p.m.

"I think (on day two) that practice moves better and a little bit smoother," Mullen said. "But also my expectations are higher on day two. We still have a long ways to go but I think the guys came out and gave good effort. They played hard again today and we will really see on Saturday when we put the pads on. It's really hard to evaluate much out here. There is a lot of learning going on but we will see Saturday when the pads come on."

One player that Mullen plans to do a variety of things with offensively is senior running back Anthony Dixon. After rushing for 1,066 yards as 14 touchdowns as a sophomore, Dixon saw his numbers drop drastically as a junior to 869 yards and seven scores.

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