STARKVILLE, Miss. (WTVA) - With high expectations and a new head coach in Joe Moorhead, Mississippi State's football team kicked off fall practice on Friday evening.
MSU is ranked No. 18 in the preseason coaches poll, their highest preseason ranking in that poll since 1981. Many of the Bulldogs' starters from last season are back, including quarterback Nick Fitzgerald, who's returning from an ankle injury he suffered in the Egg Bowl.
Fitzgerald and his teammates are also learning a new system that's being implemented by Moorhead and his staff.
"I saw a lot of guys who were trying to figure out where to go and why, and when they got in there, the speed of the game caught 'em by surprise a little bit," Moorhead said. "But on the positive side, there's a lot of talent, a lot of potential, but on day one, a lot of install in an SEC West program."
"You've got guys that are big tall, fast guys that can really stretch the field, jump up and go get the ball, so I think we have all the tools and all the weapons we need to really effectively run this offense, and I know they're excited about getting the ball thrown to them more," Fitzgerald said.
The Bulldogs practice again on Saturday.