Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen joined the rest of the league coaches on the SEC Teleconference on Wednesday.
Here is a transcript of Mullen’s time on the call.
Mullen: “We’re really excited to get this season started. Obviously opening game weekend is an exciting time for everybody to get the college football season going. We’ve been practicing hard through spring. They put in a lot of hard work in training themselves over the summer and then in training camp working on their assignments, learning how to play the game and getting ready for a long season.
“This is a great reward where we get to go kick it off. I can’t wait to get us out there and go play some football.”
What improvements has Chris Jones made from fall camp until now? He said he wasn’t happy with how he played last year, have you seen him turn any corners?
Mullen: “I think one of the things is he had success as a freshman. When you have success as a freshman and haven’t been through an offseason and understand the strain of what you have to put in to continue to develop, so I think he plateaued a little bit last year.
“We’ve talked about him being really desperate to be a great player. To be a great player you have to be desperate every single day. I’ve really seen him that way. I’ve seen his demeanor at practice pick up with the effort and focus that he has. You can see the desperateness in him striving to become a a really good player this season.”