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Sunday Football Practice Report

Freshmen DL Josh Jackson (65), Sean Ferguson (99)

True, it was the official opening day for this month of pre-season practicing. Still for quarterback Wesley Carroll and other Bulldog veterans it really did not seem as if they were getting a new year started. "It doesn't feel like it's ever stopped," said Carroll. "It feels like we've kept going and this is just a continuation of last season, just got a little break and now we're back at it."

Whether it feels new-year or old-hat, Mississippi State really is back at it after Sunday's formal start to August drills. Then again, Coach Sylvester Croom probably would like to begin the whole business over after a most unsatisfying first session. "I didn't think today was a very good start at all," he said. And why was that? "The heat won today, hands down. We weren't mentally tough." Indeed...

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