Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen took to the podium Monday afternoon in advance of Saturday’s LSU game.
The Bulldogs (2-2, 0-1) and No. 10 Tigers (4-1, 0-1) meet at Davis Wade Stadium. Kickoff is scheduled for 6 p.m. and can be seen on ESPN.
Mullen talked about his team’s health, the quarterback situation, Les Miles and his thoughts on the targeting rule.
Here are some highlights of his press conference –
“Meeting with the trainers today, we expect everybody to be healthy for this game. Coming off the bye week, everybody that could be healthy should be healthy.”
Update on Ferlando Bohanna (concussion):
“Good. He did a lot. He didn’t do contact last week. They’ve been saying now, it’s been about two or three weeks since he’s had a symptom. He’s going to do contact today. He should be cleared and good to go.”
Tyler Russell hasn’t played in a month, what do you expect from him:
“He’s played a lot of football, that’s one thing if he’s only played a few games. He’s been here for awhile, he’s played a lot of football and he’s been in big games. Obviously I would see it very differently than if he was an inexperienced quarterback.”
What did you see last week that told you Tyler was back to being Tyler:
“It’s his personality in meetings and how he handles himself on the field that you love. Tyler loves to work, but he has a good time while he does it. When he’s able to laugh, joke and be serious, then you know he’s back to being normal.”
You said Sunday that QB will be a gameday decision, how do you go about practice:
“We’ll figure it out as we go. Same way that we do (Ladarius) Perkins and Josh Robinson and how we do Preston Smith and Ryan Brown. To me, it’s all the same. Guys have to be ready to play. As you saw, we’re one snap away from being the guy. It doesn’t matter if it’s the quarterback position, it’s every position.”
Mullen’s take on LSU coach Les Miles:
“I think he’s a very good coach. I think he’s got a lot of personality. I think sometimes that can come off in a different way. We all have our quirks. I chew my gameplan sometimes, I wear a visor so I guess I have my quirks. Everybody has though. You look at the success he’s had, obviously to be in this league as long as he’s been, it shows the type of coach that he is.”
What is your opinion on the targeting rule:
“Some of the officials are put in a tough position with that because it is a point of emphasis. I got to watch some football on Saturday and there may have been some calls that were targeting, that called targeting, the ejection was overturned, but it still was a 15-yard penalty. Whether it be a late hit or something of that nature, that you could still see. When you put an emphasis on any rule, you’re going to see that rule called a whole bunch. Ejection from a game is such a severe penalty for not just the team, but for a young man. All the work you put in and the little opportunities you have. I think it is right to have that ability to overturn.”