Bulldogs arrive in Jacksonville

After a nice (and stormy) Christmas, Dan Mullen and the Mississippi State football team left cold, wet Starkville and arrived in Jacksonville following a not-too-long flight.
The team is staying at the Marriott Sawgrass, just off the 17th hole of the golf course.
The first task upon arrival? Eating. The second? More eating.
Though there was a short meeting and walk through in between the two meals. I’m not entirely sure why, but I heard whistles coming out of some rooms as I walked through the convention center.
Mullen said practice gets serious tomorrow, which based on a game week schedule, is a metaphorical Monday.
With the news of cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith leaving to join the staff at Auburn, Mullen said safeties coach Tony Hughes will take on the duties of directing the entire secondary.
Returning to the Gator Bowl (and Sawgrass) for the second time in three years, I asked Mullen if his players seemed ready for action after the holiday break.
He said he’ll know more after the first practice, but he expects them to launch into game week mentality immediately.
The Bulldogs will be practicing on the North Florida campus.
Until I can figure out how to embed a video on the blog from my phone (or until I get Internet set up in my cavernous lodgings) I’ll provide this link to Mullen talking with myself and one other reporter upon arrival. Much of it was on the careers of Johnthan Banks, Darius Slay and Tyler Russell. Click here for that.

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