STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State’s revamped spread offense struggled through most of its first day in full pads here on Saturday, but head coach Dan Mullen’s offensive unit excelled in a goal-line period to close practice and claim a “win” in the 24-period workout.
“The offense found a way to win today, even though I was disappointed in the execution in the first down periods we had,” Mullen said. “The effort on both sides of the ball was good, and now we’ll go look at the film to see what we’re working with.”
A crowd of nearly 200 fans bracketed the turf practice field as the team stayed off the damp grass fields, soaked by rains earlier in the morning. Mullen led his team onto the field earlier than the scheduled 10 a.m. start time, and after a brief warmup session the offensive and defensive units clashed in a goal-line battle to set the tone for an up-tempo workout.
Head strength and conditioning coach Matt Balis kept score throughout the day, with points awarded for execution and effort to each side of the ball. The defense held a solid lead before the final period, when the offense scored four times on drives beginning inside the 10 yardline.
Saturday marked the Bulldogs’ third spring practice session, and the team will take off the rest of the weekend before hitting the fields again on Tuesday. Practice begins at 3:30 p.m. at the Shira Complex Practice Fields, and is open to the public.