Moorhead wants Bulldogs to keep check on emotions

Mississippi State football coach Joe Moorhead addresses his team following last week's scrimmage.

Staff Writer

Football is a physical sport and emotions sometimes run high in the heat of competition.
That will certainly be the case at some point this season for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
It’s the desire of MSU head coach Joe Moorhead to see his team play with an edge, especially defensively, but he doesn't want the Bulldogs to become so carried away with the situation where it becomes a negative.

Moorhead believes there have been improvements in that area from the spring until now and doesn’t want that to be an issue.

“I want to make that one of our points of emphasis,” Moorhead said. “(It’s) to show your emotions without being emotional.”

Moorhead used the example of a pair of 2-minute drills used during last Tuesday’s practice.

The defense didn’t allow points and got off the field. The unit was excited about it for obvious reasons. The offensive players hung their heads about not getting the job done.

Moorhead saw that situation as a good teaching moment.

“We can’t be on a roller coaster, be too high or too low,” Moorhead said. “We need to find that middle ground emotionally. That’s not to say we don’t play emotionally. We play hard without being out of control.
“We need to make sure we’re competing and being a team with personality and emotion. We never want to be out of control.”

MSU’s season begins Saturday at home against Stephen F. Austin.

There are many preseason predictions that have the Bulldogs starting in the top 25 and it could be a very good year in Starkville.

That’s the good news, but MSU has also had to deal with the bad in the last few days with the arrests of players Michael Story and Korey Charles.

Moorhead wants to make sure the players respond to adversity and prosperity the right way and that has been a goal this fall.

“We are talking about the little things, the small details and the cultural aspects,” Moorhead said. “That’s what we’ve been working on the most. We emphasize the point that it’s not just about us having good players and putting them in positions to be successful, but all the little things we do on and off the field. You fall back on that preparation to rise to the level of your opponent.”

Moorhead's game week
press conference online

Fans can hear the thoughts of Moorhead today as his weekly press conference will aired live at noon on SEC Network+.

The press conference can be accessed via and the ESPN app. On-demand video and quotes will be available on later today.

Saturday’s season-opener against Stephen F. Austin will kick off at 6:30 p.m. and will be televised by ESPNU.