August 29, 2012 12:28:21 PM
STARKVILLE - MSU head coach Dan Mullen said on the first day new wide receiver coach Tim Brewster was on the job would be the language barrier.
While college football is not exactly the translation from Spanish to English, Brewster has been hard at work trying to decipher MSU's code words for a crossing route and hot route in the Bulldogs offense so he'll competent while coaching his position group Saturday for the 2012 season against Jackson State University (6 p.m., Fox Sports South).
"He's in here picking it up and he knows the game of football, knows what he's doing as a coach," Mullen said on the Southeastern Conference media teleconference. "There's always going to be a little bit of a language barrier he'll be working through with how we call things."
Brewster, who was hired four days following the resignation of Angelo Mirando, said Tuesday he'll be coaching on the field similarly to when Mirando held the full-time position the past two years.
"I've got a whole lot of football in my mind through the years with the West Coast Offense, Norv Turner's 3-digit offense but it's really been good," Brewster said Tuesday. "The sequence of this offense makes sense and Dan has done a great job of adapting his system so players can learn it. I think the biggest problem coaches make sometimes is they get so concerned with what they know as opposed to what the players know. The concepts are very similar to what I've been accustomed to."
MSU has four senior wide receivers and Mullen, who is entering his fourth season as a head coach in Starkville, said the experience will help Brewster make the transition in such a short amount of time before Saturday's contest.
Some other nuggets gathered from Wednesday's media conference are as follows:
- MSU defensive coordinator Chris Wilson said he was excited to see the development with the Bulldogs pass rush with new plays like East Mississippi Community College transfer Denico Autry and the emergence of senior defensive end Shane McCardell. Mullen said the youth on the defensive front still concerns him while acknowledging the talent upgrade from last year.
"I think part of it is we have some talented defensive lineman but a lot of youth at that position and they're going to have to come up and make plays early on," Mullen said. "I think the fact that we have a little more experience at linebacker right now is certainly going to help with that front seven being able to stop the run."
- MSU talked about senior cornerback Darius Slay and what he'll be facing on the opposite side of senior Johnthan Banks, who was named to the 2012 ESPN.com All-America team Wednesday morning.
"He can be really good and the one thing that set him back a little bit was that he came into camp so late last year (as a junior college transfer for Itawamba Community College) and this is his first time he's gotten to go through the offseason and got to understand the defense," Mullen said. "I think as he gets that experience being comfortable in the system but being out there on the field in the secondary, I expect him to have a big year for us."
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