If he hasn’t done so already, when new Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen studies the rough draft of his 2009 roster, he’ll notice how top-heavy it is with young and promising – but largely unproven – talent.
The Bulldogs will have their share of juniors and seniors, but Mullen will often find himself turning to second-year players, sophomores and redshirt freshmen who are going to be pushed into duty as Mullen tries to duplicate the kind of rebuilding job he helped Urban Meyer pull off at Bowling Green, Utah and Florida.
Each position on the field will be populated by the youngsters. And many of them will have some experience – eight of State’s rising sophomores drew at least one start this past season, and four of those were true freshmen.
The 2008 recruiting class was highly touted, and 14 of them were redshirted.
So exactly how will all these greenhorns fit into Mullen’s new schemes?