STM Bulldogs Mailbag: What Questions are MSU Fans Asking After Week 1?

I jumped on Twitter this afternoon to take a few of your questions.  Here are some that stood out to me as needing a bit more than 280 characters.

Osirus Mitchell being in the starting lineup was a big surprise to me, his production was an even bigger one. At 6’5″ and 210 pounds, Mitchell certainly has the look of an SEC receiver, and it looks like he’ll get a lot of opportunities to prove his worth. Talking to offensive coordinator Luke Getsy, he thinks Mitchell has the tools to be on of the best receivers on the roster. If he can duplicate his week one success against Kansas State, the Bulldogs may have found their primary threat in the passing game.

Week after week, Coach Moorhead and his players have repeated the mantra of “we don’t play against the opponent, we play against the standard”, and while that is definitely coach speak at its finest, it does make you believe that getting focused shouldn’t be an issue for this team. If anything, it stands to reason most of the preseason prep was done getting ready for this game against Kansas State rather than Stephen F. Austin. My guess, the Bulldogs have been focused on the Wildcats since fall camp opened at the beginning of August.

Cory Thomas does indeed return from suspension this week along with Nick Fitzgerald. Thomas was a key part of Mississippi State’s defensive line a season ago, and when he was absent from the lineup, it showed. Last week, the Bulldog defensive line was the star of the show, racking up 17 tackles for loss. The return of Thomas only strengthens this already impressive unit.

One thing a lot of fans expect when playing a lesser team is to dominate every play of the game. There are going to be times where you miss assignments or get beat no matter how wide the talent gap. At the end of the day, Mississippi State rolled up over 600 yards of offense and 9 touchdowns. The offensive line was solid, and while there is certainly some room for improvement, it’s nothing to be overly concerned with.

I’ll join Richard Cross and Michael Borkey today on Sports Talk Mississippi at 3:20 PM for more Mississippi State football talk, and of course, the Thunder and Lightning podcast will available to you five days a week to keep you up to date on the Bulldogs. If you haven’t subscribed, here are some links.