Blog – Mullen honored as Athlon SEC Coach of the Year

A week after the regular season ended, Mississippi State is still receiving recognition.

Bulldog head coach Dan Mullen was selected as the Athlon Southeastern Conference Coach of the Year. It is the third award that the sixth-year head coach has won this year.

He was the Associated Press SEC Coach of the Year and the AFCA Region 2 Coach of the Year.

“There’s no question in my mind that the job Dan Mullen has done here at Mississippi State deserves every one of those awards,” MSU Athletic Director Scott Stricklin said earlier this week. “He deserves SEC Coach of the Year Awards. He can’t get enough credit for the unbelievable things that have happened in our football program under his leadership.”

Mullen and the Bulldogs finished with a 10-2 record and finished second in the SEC Western Division. They will play in a school-record fifth-straight bowl game when they meet Georgia Tech in the Capital One Orange Bowl on New Year’s Eve.

Mullen is a finalist for the Maxwell Coach of the Year. It will be announced later in December.

Quarterback Dak Prescott and linebacker Benardrick McKinney made the All-SEC First Team.

It is the third honor for Prescott, as he was a first team selection by both the AP and SEC coaches. McKinney was a second team selection by the AP and a first team selection by the coaches.

Running back Josh Robinson, offensive lineman Ben Beckwith and defensive end Preston Smith made the All-SEC Second Team.

Robinson was a second team selection for both the AP and coaches’ teams. Beckwith was a first team selection for the AP team, but a second team selection by the coaches. Smith was a first team selection by the coaches and a second team selection by the Associated Press.

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