Bulldogs hit the field: Cooler than normal weather greets MSU players for practice
The Mississippi State Bulldogs opened fall camp on a cool Mississippi summer afternoon Thursday.
It wasn't the usual hot summer afternoon that most are used to, but MSU head coach Dan Mullen wore a long-sleeve pullover.
He was happy with how the first day went.
"It's great to be back out on the field," Mullen said. "I know I was fired up to be out there doing football. (With) our players, you see the energy and excitement they have. They're juiced and excited to be out there. Everybody's excited to be out there.
"Guys came out with great energy, great excitement and ready to go play. I was pleased."
The Bulldogs open the season in less than a month (August 30) against in-state foe Southern Mississippi at Davis Wade Stadium.
Dixon on roster
MSU's all-time leading rusher Anthony Dixon's brother, Rashun, was listed on the 105-man roster that the MSU athletic department released on Wednesday.
Rashun was drafted by the Oakland Athletics out of high school in 2008 and decided to pursue a professional baseball career. He is listed as an athlete on the roster.
"He just kind of seems to have that demeanor," Mullen said. "A little bit older guy, a little bit more mature and he's been through a lot more. He's not coming off the high school field to practice. He's coming off professional fields out here to practice. He has a little better grasp of what it is to be a pro than some of the younger high school guys. I think the adjustment will be pretty easy for him."
The roster also included freshman linebacker Deshon Cooper. With Cooper's addition, MSU now has 21 of the 24 recruits on campus. Cornerback Lashard Durr, tight end Ravian Pierce and offensive lineman Jordan Harris will more than likely play junior college football this fall.
The roster did not include linebacker Ferlando Bohanna, safety Dee Arrington or defensive end Trent Simpson. Â
Bohanna has had a few concussions during his career with the Bulldogs. Mullen thought his career was over last fall, but Bohanna went through spring drills with MSU.
"(Bohanna) is working as a student assistant coach right now," Mullen said. "It's something we went back and for with to whether medical redshirt or not. He could have been cleared to play."
Arrington will medical redshirt and Simpson will transfer and focus on baseball.
MSU receives votes
Mississippi State received 74 votes in the initial USA Today Coaches Poll that was released on Thursday.
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Missouri (126), Florida (122) and Central Florida (102) were the only teams not ranked that received more votes than the Bulldogs.
The Southeastern Conference boasted seven ranked teams with No. 2 Alabama, No. 5 Auburn, No. 9 South Carolina, No. 12 Georgia, No. 13 LSU, No. 19 Ole Miss and No. 20 Texas A&M.
The Bulldogs will play five of those ranked SEC teams this season with two of those games being at Davis Wade Stadium.