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More Pass-Happy MSU Hungrier In 2012

Dan Mullen is his upbeat, usual self when describing his 2012 Mississippi State squad.  In fact, he thinks last year’s struggles have aided his team on the attitude front:

“Now, as I look at it from the previous two years, I think there is a little bit more hunger for the guys.  Even though we’ve made it to a bowl game, won a bowl game and won three straight Egg Bowls, nobody is patting anybody on the back around here, which happened last offseason.  This is a little more edge to our guys to take that next step forward…

Our focus is how we’re going to improve, how we’re going to be different from last year.  Last year wasn’t good enough, so we have to be very different.”

Meaning?  Mullen suggests — after studying the passing games of Oregon and Oklahoma State this offseason — that the Bulldogs will open up the passing game now that Tyler Russell is set to take over full-time duties at quarterback.  “You have a quarterback who throws the ball well, and an experienced group of wide receivers,” the coach told The Jackson Clarion-Ledger.  “So, as we view things, you’re looking more to throw the football than you have (in the past).


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