Morrow talks Mississippi State Family

Eight Mississippi State wide receivers have caught a pass this season. The catch distribution is evidence of a maturing corps of receivers that believes they can be one of the elite units in the Southeastern Conference. Junior standout Joe Morrow of Ocean Springs, Mississippi reeled in a 22-yard grab last week against Texas A&M as the Bulldogs were getting ready to pull away from the Aggies.

Joe Morrow was rated a four star receiver coming out of Ocean Springs High School, so expectations were high.

Now adjusted to the college level, Morrow is beginning to be more of a factor in the Bulldog offense with and without the ball.

"If you don't block the perimeter like Coach Mullen says you can't play," explained Morrow. "We emphasize blocking, not stopping your feet and running through blocks.

"It's going to help us out a lot when we get on the field.

"(In this offense) you could get the ball on any play, so you always have to do your job and just play for the man next to you."

With so many capable pass catchers at Dan Mullen's disposal, the competition for practice reps and game day snaps can be intense.

"We work each other everyday," said Morrow. "We make each other better everyday and we challenge each other every day.

"To have all of us catching passes and making plays, I know it can be hard on a defense."

With five wins under their belt, Mississippi State is preparing for their toughest test to date as the defending SEC champion Auburn Tigers come to town for a nationally televised affair on Saturday.

"They look like they have a great defense with great DBs," said Morrow of Auburn. "We are going to have to work hard in practice this week and get ready for the challenge."

With a pair of Bulldog wideouts on the cover of Sports Illustrated, ESPN's College Gameday making its' Starkville debut, a program best #3 national ranking and talk of Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott as a Heisman trophy front runner, the media blitz has been a bit intense.

Morrow reports that by and large the team has developed a bunker type mentality and is focused on the task at hand rather then the growing publicity.

"It can be distracting, but it just depends on how you take it," said Morrow. "We know who we are and the kind of team we are, so we are just going to keep working hard.

"We're just going to keep playing like we play."

As the wins have piled up for the Bulldogs, the potential prizes have as well.

The chance to be on top in the SEC West after three games against three of the conference's favorites would set the Bulldogs up for an eventful second half of the conference slate.

The significance of Saturday's match-up is not lost on the talented Morrow.

"It's another big game, but it's a big game because we made it a big game," said Morrow. "We are just going to have to get ready for a war.

"We just have to take it one game at a time, because a season could take a whole 360.

"We just have to keep playing hard."

Mississippi State has played in front of capacity crowds in just about every game this year.

Crowd noise at home and especially on the road can be a real factor as players attempt to get the play call from Bulldog quarterback Dak Prescott.

"Sometimes you can't hear him," said Morrow with a smile. "It's mostly just reading lips, because it gets so loud.

"Dak keeps us going. He's always a positive guy and he always has a positive attitude.

"Even when things aren't going our way, he makes sure everybody stays up."

A positive mentality with an emphasis on a family environment appears to be a big part of the Bulldog way.

"We're all in this together," said Morrow. "We're all one team. We're close and we're one family.

"We all have one goal.

"Since I have been here, this is the closest team that I have seen."

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