On the Links: Updates on Hughes, Russell, Bumphis, Northwestern

Gator Bowl: MSU (8-4) vs. No. 21 Northwestern (9-3), EverBank Field, Tuesday, 11 a.m., ESPN2 (Bob WischusenDanny Kanell and Allison Williams)


JACKSONVILLE, Fla. | It’s Friday, but to Dan Mullen it’s Tuesday. Either way, it’s the second day of bowl practice for MSU here. And in today’s Journal, I’ve updated you on what’s happening with the Bulldogs.

I wrote a lengthy notebook detailing Tony Hughes‘ expanded job duties, Tyler Russell‘s sprained ankle, and Chad Bumphis‘ take on his final week of practice with MSU.

One aspect of the Hughes situation that someone brought up yesterday is the possible advantage of having one voice in the secondary as opposed to two. Hughes said there are pros and cons to that.

“One voice is good, but you also have a nickel and dime package where you have six DBs out there at one time, so one guy is watching six people at one time schematically,” he said. “The other thing you have is, week to week, it depends on who you’re playing. If you’re playing a team that runs a lot of different formations and shifts, two people are better than one because one person may not be able to make all those adjustments. There are plusses and minuses to both.”

Hughes is open to the possibility of retaining this current role next season, if that’s what Mullen wants.

“On other jobs I’ve even been safeties or corners or both in different situations,” Hughes said. “If that was the direction that it went in, we would adjust fine, and we would make the transition and do the best we can.”

• From the Florida Times-Union, here’s a notebook with good stuff on both MSU and Northwestern.

• Today’s schedule will allow me to attend both teams’ practices today, and so I’ll get to talk with Northwestern people; the Wildcats are practicing out at Jacksonville University. I’ll have updates aplenty from both there and from North Florida, where State is working.

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. I also co-host The Memo and Prep Rally podcasts and host the Newsbreak program. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04).

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  • cowbellblisters

    The way I’m reading Hughes’ quotes, it looks like he’s wanting to scream, “MULLEN, GET ME SOME HELP! I CAN’T DO IT ALL BACK HERE,BRO!”

    • MabenMaroon

      Go to the HailState BEAT ( Hailstate.com ‘s blog site ) and read an expanded version of the interview and it won’t quite sound like a plea for help. Funny how things are presented in portion or partially can change the whole context.

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