Hughes talks Aggies

Tony Hughes filled in for Dan Mullen on the SEC coaches teleconference this week.

Tony Hughes filled in for Dan Mullen on the SEC coaches teleconference this week.

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen was unavailable for his weekly appearance on the SEC coaches’ teleconference on Wednesday. Mullen was attending the funeral for Peggy Prescott, the mother of Bulldog starting quarterback Dak Prescott, who passed away from colon cancer on Sunday morning.

Safeties coach Tony Hughes filled in for Mullen on the call. Here is a transcript of what he had to say…

Opening statement:

“Our hearts go out to Dak Prescott, who’s truly a team player and a great representative of Mississippi State. He’s very well respected by his teammates, the coaching staff and the people here at Mississippi State. Our hearts go out to him and his family today. Our prayers are with him, to strength him, that he will come back stronger than he was before.”

“Our team and staff, we’re very excited. We’re looking forward to the opportunity to travel to College Station and play an outstanding Texas A&M team Saturday afternoon on nation TV. This is why you want to play SEC football and coach in the SEC, for games like this. It definitely will be a challenge and a great opportunity for our team. It’s a challenge that we definitely look forward to.”

How do you get your team prepared with all that’s happened this week?

Hughes: “We train year round, during the offseason, during the spring and summer conditioning program, for adversity. We’re here to teach young men that the game of football is like the game of life. Sometimes you’re going to get knocked down and sometimes circumstances are going to happen that you can’t control just like in a football game. You have to rise up past the adversity. You have to continue to march, to live and do things the best way you can. Our young men here at Mississippi State are resilient. They’re mentally tough.”

I have covered Mississippi State in some capacity since 2004 and joined the Daily Journal staff in 2013. I enjoy short walks on the beach, performing concerts in my car and watching professional wrestling.

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