MSU's Joe Moorhead looks to take 'good foundation' to 'great'

Joe Moorhead talks with media at 2018 SEC Media Days

He wants to elevate the team, "which has a very good foundation, from good to great."

Posted: Jul 18, 2018 2:52 PM

ATLANTA (AP) - Welcome to the South, Joe Moorhead. And pass the bacon.

Moorhead, the new Mississippi State coach, is a Pittsburgh native who most recently was the Fordham coach from 2012-15 and the Penn State offensive coordinator the last two years. He's adjusting to the Mississippi weather and food.

He says stepping out the front door means "being smacked in the face with humidity." He's also adjusting to having "everything wrapped in bacon."

The Bulldogs finished 9-4 in 2017. Moorhead inherits nine returning starters on offense, including senior quarterback Nick Fitzgerald. Defensive linemen Montez Sweat and Jeffery Simmons top the list of eight defensive returning starters.

It's a good talent base, but Moorhead says he knows he's taking over a program which has never won the SEC championship.

He wants to elevate the team, "which has a very good foundation, from good to great."

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