Blog – MSU’s first game week (with video)

Mississippi State’s first game week kicked off with head coach Dan Mullen’s press conference.

Here’s an excerpt from his presser:

Opening Statement … 


“We’re excited to get this season kicked off and get back out on the field and go play. Obviously, kicking the year off as the prime time Saturday night game on the new SEC Network is really exciting. Kicking the season off in our expanded stadium, we’re going to have a record crowd on Saturday which is going to be pretty special for us; celebrating 100 years on Scott Field. There are a lot of neat things going on. To do that with a great rivalry game, against a team the first time we’ve played them since 1990 in playing Southern Miss, I know it means a lot to the people of the state. I know how a big a game it is for everybody. It was one of the first things when I was hired that was brought up, would I be interested in resuming this rivalry between the two schools. And I’m really excited to do it and be a part of this game that has a lot of tradition, has a lot of history and I know it’s been on a hiatus here for quite a while.”

“I know our guys are fired up about the opportunity to play against guys they played against in high school or played with in high school. We know a lot of the guys on their team from recruiting, we know most of the guys as in-state players. And it’s going to be really exciting for us to get this going, get this season kicked off and play such a fun opponent in such a great rivalry game. I mean it’s something special to start a season with a rivalry game like this.”

On right tackle … 


“They’re battling it out. We’re going to let all that go this week and continue to do it. You have to be prepared for all different scenarios now. That’s a definite that Damien is going to be out, so now what we have to do is prepare for all the different scenarios that possibly could hit us and prepare both Justin and Rufus at that position, but also the guys that are cross-over positions now. We were starting to feel good about being able to have a two-deep, a backup at every position. Now you’re going get into having to jumble everybody around at any time with another injury.”

On the players finally playing an opponent … 
“Well you spend almost nine months just competing against ourselves, practicing. Whether you’re in the weight room, in conditioning, running sprints, at practice, everything you do has been against yourself. So I think our guys are really fired up to go play another opponent. And you get to see where you’re at. You never know what type of team you have or how you’re going to be because you’ve always gone against each other. It’s how we stack up against other people and obviously playing such a big game in week one for us is going to see where we’re at.”

On Southern Miss …

“One, they won their last game last year. I know Todd (Monken) is trying to build the program there, from when he took over and what he took over. But like anything winning that last game I’m sure has really bolstered them going into this off-season, given them momentum going into the off-season. They’ve got a lot of guys back, they have a quarterback with not a lot of experience but started last year, knows the system out of Hoover High School which runs similar style stuff, very accurate, can get the ball to the receivers. They have a bunch of play-making receivers on the perimeter. Their top rusher is back, the top receiver is back on the offensive side of the ball. They scored 60 points in the last game of the season so I’m sure they’re coming in with some confidence. Todd as an offensive guy in his background is going to do that.”

We also caught up with sophomore WR De’Runnya Wilson, senior WR Jameon Lewis, junior OL Justin Malone and junior QB Dak Prescott.

 

 

 

 

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