Postgame interview: Dan Mullen

Mississippi State Dan Mullen‘s offense enjoyed a record-setting day during a 62-13 victory against Northwestern State. Mullen addressed the play of his young Bulldogs and the injury status of Winston Chapman and Kendrick Market.

Opening Statement…

“Our effort out there today was much better. I think we are getting better as a football team. We are improving from week to week. We had a better week of practice going into this week. We got to challenge our guys and got to rotate a lot of players, which I wanted to do. We have to start to be able to do that. We are going to evaluate that film and find out who strained out there on the field and who gave unbelievable effort. If you did you will get a couple more reps in; if you didn’t you will get a couple less. There are a lot of little things we have to correct. Most importantly to me, I was concerned with our effort today and I thought it felt good.”

On the play of Nick Fitzgerald and Elijah Staley…

“I think they both did an excellent job. They had one incomplete pass and that was a receiver running the wrong route. Staley threw the ball on time, and the receiver ran the wrong route, but that to me was one of the best plays I saw all day even though it was incomplete. It showed a young guy trusting what he is doing and not waiting around to see if he would catch the ball. I think both of them played extremely well and it was fantastic for us to get both of them in the game and give them a little confidence as we move forward because you never know when their number is going to be called.”

On getting more guys on the field…

“I told all of our guys going into the game, I don’t care if we are up 14 or down 14, I just want guys playing. I want us to play a whole bunch of players and rotate them a lot, and I wanted to do that that first two weeks but the first game to me started so weird it threw us out of sync. And last week, we didn’t come out executing well and it threw us out of sync again, and so we weren’t able to do that, but I really want to see us do that as the season goes on.”

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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