The feeling among the Mississippi State offensive coaches coming into this season was that the Bulldogs would be able to lean on their offensive line.
So far, that really hasn’t been the case.
In fact, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen called out his offensive line earlier this week in his news conference.
“For an experienced group, we are just not communicating very well,” Mullen said. “It’s kind of taking care of themselves instead of taking care of the line, and you need all five guys to play together. On our 13-play drive that we scored the other night (Mississippi State’s only touchdown against LSU), nine of those 13 plays all five guys graded best doing the right thing for us.
“It’s a shock what happens when all five offensive linemen, all on the same play, do the right thing, and nine of those 13 plays on that drive they all did their job and we were successful.”
The Bulldogs had the fourth most combined starts in the offensive line (84) in the SEC coming into the season. Only Georgia, Auburn and Arkansas had more.
But Mississippi State is 10th in the league in rushing offense, and even more troublesome, redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Russell had guys in his face the entire second half last week.
After Mississippi State pulled within 12-7 to open the third quarter, LSU forced Russell into interceptions on the Bulldogs' next three possessions.
Mullen said the importance of his offensive linemen communicating has been stressed ad nauseam this week heading into Saturday’s home game with Georgia.
“If we do that, then I expect us to play much better on the offensive line,” Mullen said.