Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen joined the rest of the league’s head coaches on the SEC coaches’ teleconference to preview the Bulldogs upcoming game against South Alabama.
Here is a transcript of Mullen’s time on the call…
Mullen: “We’ve been working. This is our first road test of the season. Obviously things change with guys going to the hotel and going on a bus trip for the first time. It’ll be a little different routine on Friday with having to leave earlier. Those things are a big transition.
“We’re expecting to have a huge and pretty hostile crowd that we’re going into. They’re a very difficult opponent who played us a close game a couple of years ago here. They’ve learned how to win within their program.
“I’m pleased with the week of practice that we’ve had. The guys have responded with maturity. The older guys on the team have helped the younger guys make sure they’re in position to do the things that we need to do and how to make improvements and adjustments from the last game. Our guys have handled that stuff very well.”
How does going on the road and the competition increasing affect the rotation of players including the quarterback position?
Mullen: “It doesn’t. We usually come up with a plan of what our rotation will be. We’ll review it with everybody on Friday. We’ll look at that but we still want to rotate a lot of players across the board.”
What are your impressions of South Alabama and how far have they come in the short time they’ve had a football program? And what do you think about their quarterback Brandon Bridge?
Mullen: “They’ve come a long way. They are as veteran a team as you’ll find in the country. I think they have 18 senior starters. Their guys have a lot of experience, have been in the program, played and have built the program up the right way. They’re not looking for shortcuts. They’re building guys and developing players. Now they are starting to get the rewards of all of that.
“Brandon, their quarterback, played against us four years ago for Alcorn State and lit us up. He had a great day and is a very, very talented player. He’s a great runner, really athletic and has size. He’s 6-foot-4 and can really throw the ball. He’s a dynamic guy who can change the game on his own.
“I’d be shocked if they’re not in contention for their conference championship this season with a veteran group and talented players all over the place. It should be a huge challenge for us.”