The Dog House (and everything MSU Football) Everyone in Starkville, MS is excited about the future of the Mississippi State football program after the hire of their new Coach, Coach Runthepound. Coach Runthepound has a great background of developing players and being active in the community and state. The southeast is a hot bed for recruiting and Coach Runthepound proved he could make some things happen once he arrived. Out of the 20 or so players signed, 11 were already committed when the new coach arrived. Once the new arrived he was able to haul in 4 4* players and a few 3* and 2 * players rounded out his efforts. "We have a new standard of players we are looking for here at Mississippi State University," said the coach. "We want players who can come in here and compete with the better teams in this conference and in the nation. We are looking for players who can come in and make a case for playing time right away. We need playmakers in the SEC." Spring practice at MSU this season was about proving yourself as a player. Everyone was starting with a clean slate with no depth chart in place. Coach RTP was hoping that the cream would rise to the top and that he could find players who would play for him and represent their school with pride. After a high intensity spring game, Coach RTP talked about what he had seen in his on the field. "We are not far from where we need to be in terms of competing for a title. I think we have some good things going here that we can work with. We do have some players that can make plays, it just comes down to can they make them in key game time situations." At the beginning of fall camp the Coach also offered up a hint at the depth chart and possible starters for the 2013 season. "At Qb, we have some depth, but it looks like Tyler Russell will be taking snaps with the 1's. This will be his 4th season under center here. He needs to learn to not force throws and sometimes just throw the ball away or take the sack. After him we have some young unproven guys that are still learning the system. At HB, Ryan Burgess will be asked to carry the load and will get the bulk of the carries. He has been nursing a sore hamstring throughout the spring, so we need to make sure he is completely healthy when the fall gets here. He can be a star if he can just stay healthy. WR is where we have the bulk of the talent. The bad thing is that our best players at that position are all seniors. Chris Smith, Brandon Heavens, and Ricco Sanders all have that big play ability, but Sanders is the special one. He has blazing speed. He will also work with both return teams. Our O Line has some veterans on it so they kinda know what to expect facing SEC defenses. The LB's are inexperienced for the most part, but have been working hard and show signs of promise. Our CB's are gonna be as tough as any in the nation. AA Austin Robinson is a future first rounder and Jonthan Banks will be going pro after this season. Hopefully they can help out our young and inexperienced safeties." There hasn't been this much excitement around here in a long time. Coach RTP has brought in a great staff and has done a tremendous job preparing his team for the upcoming season. It won't be long now before the players suit up and it is Saturday in Starkville.