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 coming into Game 3 of this middle stretch with a three-game homestand right in the middle of the season and have a bye week afterwards. I think the guys have handled the first two games well. It’s great being back at home.
“I think we’ve made some steps in our progress. Guys are developing, especially our younger players. They’re getting on the field and starting to get more comfortable within our offense and defense and making some plays. We’re getting guys where we need to be as we go into a bye week and into the final stretch of the season.”
How are Gus Walley, Gabe Myles and Joe Morrow doing and what’s their status for this week?
Mullen: “We expect everybody to play on Saturday.”
Mark Stoops said he was impressed with how comforatble Dak Prescott looks in the pocket and distributing the ball. Can you talk about how Prescott is more comforatble than he’s ever been back there?
Mullen: “The biggest thing is, he’s got game experience under his belt so he understands how much time he is going to have in the pocket. He’s done a great job. He knows our offense and what outlets our receivers are and is pretty comforatble when routes are coming open.
“When you have that experience, he gets to spend a lot of his time prepping on the defense. So he knows if he has a certain coverage or looks, he knows where he wants to go with the ball and where his first, second and third reads are and getting us into the right protections.
“That comfort level allows him to be a lot more relaxed on the field because he’s comforatble with the clock in his head and knows where he’s going with the ball when that clock and that time starts to run out.”
What are the challenges Kentucky presents for your offense?
Mullen: “If you watch, they bring a lot of different pressures and play a lot of different coverages. They are going to bring it and try to disguise things from different sides of the field. They are doing a lot of it with just two d-linemen, four linebackers and five DB’s.
“They’ve got a lot of speed and athleticism and throw some different angles at you out there on the field. They’ve done a good job to me adding some size and some big, long corners that can cover and have an opportunity to match up against bigger receivers.”
What have you seen from the evolution of Patrick Towles as a quarterback?
Mullen: “I saw it live and in person last year. He lit us up last year. He had what I imagine is still the best day of his career against us last year. I got to see it live and in person.
“You just see a guy that plays with an awful lot of confidence and swagger out there on the field. He has the talent to make things happen but he also has that emotional leadership and is a fiery guy that the team really needs to rally around behind him.”