August 4, 2009

Freshmen join the rest of the Bulldogs

Mississippi State took things under the lights at the practice fields Tuesday night in their first full-team session.

The Bulldogs were joined by the highly touted true freshmen class for the nearly three-hour practice that ended at 9 p.m. MSU head coach Dan Mullen was hesitant to asses the freshman group until he is able to see them work out in more than just shells and shorts.

"(The freshmen) were out here with the older guys today and got to see what the speed of practice is all about," Mullen said. "We'll have to watch the film. They figured out where the stretch lines were and all that stuff. That was about it for today. They are still in helmets so we have no idea about the freshmen. We'll find out in a couple of days from now."

Like he did in the spring, Mullen will throw the entire offensive and defensive playbooks at the freshman to see what they can handle.

"We are going to jam the instillation right down their throat right now and see what they can learn," Mullen said. "The faster they learn then the faster they will have the opportunity to get on the field."

Possibly the most difficult task of the 2009 signing class is that of four-star quarterback Tyler Russell. The highly-rated recruit took his first snaps in the scrimmage session missing on his first two pass attempts but followed up with a big gainer down the right sideline to fellow freshman Chad Bumphis.

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