STARKVILLE, Miss. – Mississippi State football returned to “The Farm” for a two-hour Friday practice after two days of working out indoors at the Palmeiro Center.
“It was a good day today,” said head coach Dan Mullen. “It was probably our hottest so far. When you have days like today it ends up having a different emphasis, which is the mental toughness part of practice. I thought for the most part our guys learned and battled through it.
“We still have to pick it up a little bit, especially when you face the adversity of heat. You have to maximize yourself. I want to see really high-quality reps from the ones, twos, and threes, and not a distinct drop off.”
The Bulldogs were forced indoors Thursday due to inclement weather. Many of the players spent much of the week taking summer school final exams. The squad moves into a local hotel for the next week.
“Training camp really started today,” said Mullen. “We had guys who didn’t get out of finals until 9 p.m. yesterday. With that, today is really the first day of camp. We get to go move into the hotel in an entirely different mindset. Most of the installation is in, so now they get one full week of all football.”
Mullen likes what he sees from a versatile running back corps that features junior Josh Robinson, who carried it 78 times for 459 yards in 2013.
“There are a lot of guys who are competing to get carries of the ball,” said Mullen. “From the top all the way down they are competing and running the ball hard. [Nick] Griffin is finally healthy. He’s a guy who has been in the program and we know he has talent. He does a lot of things really well, and he knows the system. [Brandon] Holloway is a dynamic player. [Ashton] Shumpert is very physical. They all bring something different to the table and it keeps the competition pretty heated.”
Mullen announced Friday that redshirt freshman receiver Shelby Christy will miss the 2014 season after sustaining a right knee injury in practice.
MSU will practice Saturday morning before conducting its first scrimmage of camp in the stadium later that evening. Both the practice and scrimmage are closed to the public. The Bulldogs spent Thursday and Friday with the SEC Network as the new national channel gathered footage and interviews for a 30-minute all-access special on the squad later this month (time to be announced).