Mississippi State Offense Prepares for Aggies

Mississippi State rolled up 556 yards of offense on the road last season against Texas A&M. Four Bulldog wideouts found the end zone in a wild game that saw both teams' defensive units looking for relief. Bulldog quarterback Dak Prescott was injured during the game and gave way to Tyler Russell in the second half, but the comeback effort fell short.

When asked about last year's game in College Station, Texas, Mississippi State quarterback, Dak Prescott, admits to having a little unfinished business with Texas A&M.

"Anytime I don't win a game, there is unfinished business," explained the junior signal caller. "Anytime I have a loss to anyone, it sets deep and I want revenge."

While the Bulldogs were unable to escape with a victory last fall, the team seemed to rally around Prescott and are now in the midst of a six game winning streak.

"We fought all the way to the end," said Prescott. "I really think that game right there is when this team came together and we started rolling from there."

The Bulldogs expect to be able to make some plays down the field in the passing game against the Aggie secondary, who are allowing just under 220 yards per contest through the air against primarily running teams.

Senior passing target Robert Johnson reports that he expects to see Texas A&M attempt to match-up with the Bulldogs in some one-on-one situations.

"They run a lot of man-to-man," said Johnson of the Aggies. "We're getting ready for that. We like man-to-man."

While fans are excited about a top 15 match-up in Davis Wade Stadium, Johnson reports that the team's outlook is simply about game plans and assignments.

"We don't really focus too much on rankings," explained Johnson. "We are just trying to come out and play every Saturday.

"Practice was pretty hyped up today, because of the stretch we have these next four weeks.

"It's SEC ball now, so every practice is going to have to be A+."

Wide receiver coach Billy Gonzales has pushed his personnel group to be highly involved in the Bulldog offense as both pass catchers and run blockers.

"He really preaches that," said Johnson of his positional coach. "Blocking is something that he really preaches. He takes pride in that and we take pride in that."

Johnson's position mate, Gabe Myles, is new to the receivers' room, but appears to be a quick study when it comes to Gonzales' methodology.

"I feel like we hold ourselves to a higher standard and that we can be one of the top receiver groups in the country," explained Myles. "We all have to protect each other.

"The offensive line has to block for Dak, so he can get us the ball and we have to block for our running backs, so they can make plays.

"It's a total team effort, but we know that you have to make plays on the perimeter to win games.

The Bulldogs will need that type of effort this week as they face one of the most explosive offenses in the country, but that has been the case every year A&M has been in the SEC.

In a 51-41 decision last year, the Bulldog offense learned some lessons about what to expect from Texas A&M, when Coach Kevin Sumlin and his team take the field "A lesson we need to learn from that is that we need to start early," said Johnson as he reflected back towards last season's shootout with Johnny Manziel. "We can't wait until we get to trailing to start scoring points. We need to try and score every drive."

Many in the media are high on Mississippi State and high on Bulldog Heisman Hopeful Prescott. If the hype is becoming a distraction for #15, he is not letting it show.

"We are just focused on this game," said Prescott. "LSU is done with. We're not worried about Auburn. We're worried about A&M.

"We're just going to lock in and take each play one play at a time."

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