ScoutNow: Bulldogs Happy And Healthy

The Bulldogs were happy leaving their Hattiesburg locker room. A season-opening victory will do that, though the awaitnig Chick-Fil-A sandwiches were another mood-lifter too. Not only was the team happy, but it looked healthy too.

No Mississippi State players were observed limping away from the 34-16 victory at Southern Mississippi. There certainly had to be a number reporting Sunday to the Seal Complex for training room call, same as any other game.

But barring something surprising showing up, every Bulldog who participated on opening night appears available for week-two. Even better, a front-line player who did not take the field in Hattiesburg is expected to get on Scott Field this Saturday evening. Cornerback Taveze Calhoun was held out of the opener, though Coach Dan Mullen said the senior was cleared to play.

"The trainers said he was prepared and we were ready to get him in there," Mullen said. But the coach made the call to hold out Calhoun one more week, not risking aggravating an unacknowledged but suspected knee situation arising in August. It was judged more important to have Calhoun, who had started every 2014 game and all regular season games in 2013, ready for this weekend's SEC opener with Louisiana State.

"He desperately wants to get on the field," Mullen said.

Tolando Cleveland started in place of Calhoun, with Will Redmond making his first college start at the other cornerback position.

With the Labor Day holiday there was no Monday press conference with Mullen. The Bulldogs did practice though, and the coach and select players will meet with media Tuesday.

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