State defensive coordinator shows his energy often
Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins gets his notes together prior to Saturday's practice. (Photo by Danny P. Smith, SDN)
Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins is always energetic.
He has shown that energy on the practice field, the game field and in media gatherings. He was the inventor of "juice points," a way of tallying a player's energy level at practice and in a game.
On Saturday during MSU's media day, Collins was upbeat, as usual, and he explained his energetic demeanor.
â€śI just love what I do," Collins said. "I really do. I love being a college football coach. I love being around the players and getting to have fun with them. They keep me young. I just really truly love what I do. I love impacting young menâ€™s lives. I am helping them become better on the field and off the field.Â
"Every day we go out there, we get to compete. I get to wear shorts and tennis shoes and run around like a wild man. Who wouldnâ€™t love that?â€ť
healthy training camp
MSU is just three days into the fall training camp, but head coach Dan Mullen is already thinking about the health of his players.
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The first two days involved no pads and Mullen didn't want a freak accident to occur to affect one of his players.Â
â€śI know the first couple of days without pads you pray nobody gets hurt," Mullen said. "Itâ€™s designed, for safety reasons, not having pads the first couple of days. For me, itâ€™s the two most dangerous days because you donâ€™t have the pads. Fortunately, we didnâ€™t have problems with that the first two days."
When asked about what he wants from this year's training camp, Mullen was quick to answer.
â€śWhat would make me the happiest is that everybody is healthy," he said. "We stayed healthy through training camp and we made great strides across the board at every position. We come out of training camp with a lot of guys who are desperate to get on the field and make plays on game day.â€ť
The Bulldogs put on pads for the first time on Saturday, but it was just a shell. Monday will be the first practice with full pads. The Bulldogs head to the North Farm for a couple of weeks.