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The Boneyard: Bulldog Coaches Provide Fall Camp Progress Report

(Photo: Gene Swindoll, Gene’s Page, 247Sports)

Coach Joe Moorhead and a collection of Mississippi State coaches and players met with the media on Saturday as the Bulldogs hosted their annual on campus football media day. The event kicked off with Moorhead providing a progress report of sorts as the team began day 10 of fall football camp.

Moorhead, dressed in game day attire fresh from the team picture, shared that the team appears to be on schedule and working hard through the installation of a new offensive and defensive system. The first year coach reported that he has been pleased with the both the attitude and effort of the Bulldogs as they press towards the first day of fall classes and the season opener against Stephen F. Austin of the FCS.

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Offensive coordinator and wide receiver coach Luke Getsy spoke directly about his personnel group and offered that they feel no undue pressure heading into the 2018 season. The former Green Bay Packers’ assistant shared that the wide receivers understand that it all flows through them and that they must be prepared to make plays in order to move the offensive unit forward.

Special teams coordinator Joey Jones is tasked with the responsibility of replacing standout Logan Cooke who is now with the Jacksonville Jaguars of the National Football League. Cooke handled the punting and most of the kick-off duties a season ago. Every special teams position has undergone a competition since the beginning of the year. Jones provided some insight into where those position battles stand.

Defensive coordinator Bob Shoop talked targeting, depth on defense and an aggressive attacking mindset. The veteran coach shared that the SEC is not a bend, but don’t break league. Shoop plans to turn the dogs loose and attack opposing offenses rather than just simply read and react. State played a ton of bump and run coverage a season ago, but the Bulldogs plan to mix up the coverages a little more this fall.

Mississippi State players have won three consecutive bowl games, but the Bulldogs are hungry for more. As the early returns from fall camp have been favorable, the team has begun to share their lofty expectations for the 2018 season. A bowl game is now the expectation each and every year in Starkville, but the 2018 ‘Dawgs are hoping to make a run at a historic post season destination with a stop along the way in Atlanta, Georgia in the Southeastern Conference Championship game.

Several players spoke of their aspirations of winning the SEC Western Division and pushing the Bulldog program from good to great in year one of the Moorhead era. It all gets underway on September 1st.

Source: https://247sports.com/college/mississippi-state/Article/On-Saturday-Mississippi-State-coaches-and-players-shared-their-thoughts-on-fall-camp-with-the-media-We-break-it-all-down-on-todays-show-120638057/

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