Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen spent four minutes on the SEC coaches’ teleconference Wednesday afternoon to discuss the Bulldogs upcoming game with Troy.
Here is a transcript of Mullen’s time on there.
Mullen: “We’re excited to be back home. We’ve had a great run of sellout crowds and we expect to get that home field advantage. It was a tough game when we played (Troy) last year. I think it was their biggest crowd in school history and they had a really excited environment. Hopefully our fans will come and we’ll get it sold out, get it rocking and give us that home field advantage and give us the winning track here at home.”
Q: Can you talk about Troy’s quarterback Corey Robinson and what he brings to the table there for the Trojans?
Mullen: “Right now he’s college football’s all-time active leading passer. He has a very quick release and is a very accurate passer. He can make all the throws at different angles. He really understands their system having been in it so long and having that playing experience. He’s a great decision-maker and gets the ball out to guys where they can do something with it in space.”
Q: Can you talk about coach (Larry) Blakeney and the way he’s really built that program since the beginning all the way up to the Sun Belt part of Troy’s existence?
Mullen: “It’s pretty unique. I don’t know if you’ll see in college football guys that will be able to stay with one program for that long. It’s a unique and special deal. There’s coach (Bill) Snyder and coach (Frank) Beamer as guys who are still with their programs over so many years. I think that’s pretty special and you have to give him credit for all he’s done building that program up. Also you have to give the university credit for sticking with him through all those years.”
Q: I was wondering what the latest is on Tyler Russell and if he’ll be able to play this week?
Mullen: “The status is the same as it was last week. He’s cleared to do everything to practice. They are imPACT testing him either this evening or tomorrow morning to see if he’s going to be cleared for contact.”
Q: What concerns you more, your team coming off such a heartbreaking loss or maybe not taking Troy as seriously as they should since they are not an SEC school?
Mullen: “I think after last year’s game with (Troy), which came right down to the wire at their place, I think our guys are certainly going to take them serious. We’ve got such a young team and a lot of those guys didn’t play in that game last year but they know how close a game it was and how it came right down to the wire. I know they are going to take them very, very seriously coming in here.
“So far we’ve responded well and had a good week of practice coming off the loss. It’s always tough because you put so much into it and you lose it on the last second and last play of the game basically. It’s always tough for the young guys but they’ve really handled it well and had a good week of practice.”