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August 1st, 2013
Dan Mullen was looking for one thing on the first day of practice from his football team.
That one thing was excitement.
The fifth-year Mississippi State head coach saw that Thursday on the practice fields and was pleased with the effort he saw from his Bulldogs.
Starkville Academy's first football practice on Thursday was on the light side as the Volunteers opted to go without pads in favor of simply shorts and helmets.
It's a tactic that certainly played into the fast and upbeat tempo which highlighted the return to the field.
There are times in the midst of athletic competition that one team has to give credit to an opponent.
That's what Starkville Academy softball coach Kayla Mosley chose to do on Thursday afternoon.
After the Lady Volunteers gave up 13 hits and lost a 16-3 decision to the Pillow Academy Lady Mustangs, Mosley said it was an impressive offensive display by the visitors.
The long dog days of summer see many people in the south longing for the new college football season.
For Mississippi State fans, the wait is almost over, at least for practice.
The Bulldogs hit the field today for the first fall practice of the 2013 campaign.
"I'm very excited about this year coming back," MSU head coach Dan Mullen said in July at Southeastern Conference Media Days.
WEST POINT â€“ Aeris Williams is described by his high school coach as a football player who is humble, works hard and makes everyone around him better.
Those characteristics of the West Point High School running back will carry over to the camp of Mississippi State one day if the statement he gave Wednesday holds.
Starkville Academy's football team has been working throughout the summer to stay in shape and prepare for the upcoming season.
The team will kick it up a notch today as they enter two-a-day practices.
Mississippi State women's basketball player Candace Foster jumped at the chance to help at a girls camp.
Foster spoke on the final day of the Next Training Basketball Camp and told the campers the importance of keeping God first and working hard in everything they do.
When Dan Mullen took over the Mississippi State football program, his main goal was to win and win in bunches.
Heading into his fifth season, the Bulldog head man is continuing to build a program that is accepting winning more than losing.
Mullen has reenergized a fan base that hadn't had much to cheer about and given the Bulldog players a reason to work hard.
Tyson Lee may be a football player and a former quarterback for Mississippi State, but he still had a message to share at a girls basketball camp.
Whether it's throwing a football or shooting a basketball, Lee told the girls at the Sportsplex on Tuesday that it's important to use hard work to go after dreams and goals.
It's a little less than a month before the high school football fields in this area and across the state have the Friday night lights turned on.
There are only a few more days before teams hit the practice field for the first time to prepare for the season. Starkville Academy starts Thursday by the way.