Welcome to More Cowbell, SEC Country’s daily Mississippi State podcast with host Brandon Walker.
It’s no secret: Mississippi State’s defense was not good in 2016. The defense – or lack thereof – was the primary reason for MSU’s 5-7 regular season, as the MSU defense finished last in the SEC in passing yards allowed, total yards allowed and points scored. But head coach Dan Mullen directly addressed this weakness in the offseason, moving on from former defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon to hire veteran defensive coordinator Todd Grantham.
The result was an attacking, aggressive defense in spring practice. The defensive intensity shown in the spring game was a welcome sight for MSU fans and a sign of things to come. With an expected bounce-back season coming up in 2017, host Brandon Walker explains in today’s More Cowbell podcast exactly why Grantham is the single most important piece for MSU this season. It goes without saying that MSU’s defense must improve, but how much improvement is possible and is a culture change on that side of the ball possible after just one offseason?
Elsewhere, Brent Rooker has been the talk of the college baseball world this spring. The MSU first baseman leads the SEC in all three triple crown categories and is in the top 10 nationally in nine offensive measures. So how did Rooker improve so dramatically? Baseball America wrote an article detailing Rooker’s approach and Brandon discusses that on today’s show.
And finally, part two of Bedtime Stories with Brandon Walker appears.