MSU football coach Dan Mullen visited with a couple of radio stations this afternoon. I missed the interview with the Nashville station, but I caught most of the one with Memphis' WHBQ 560-AM. Some highlights from his segment on "The Sports Bar," which features Rob Fischer, Jeff Weinberger and Will Askew:
• On building momentum within the program: "I think once people come down here and see what a beautiful campus this is ... those kids are going to come to school here. Once we get that rolling, I think we’ve got a chance to rebuild ourselves to a championship level."
• On QBs Tyson Lee and Chris Relf: "They’re more athletic run-around guys. So what we’ve got to do is tweak some things and build it around their strengths. ... Their development is crucial for us to having a good year next year."
• On how he differs from mentor Urban Meyer: "You can’t imitate somebody else. I always felt of myself as a very good teacher of fundamentals, and I also have the ability to relate to these players. … Philosophically speaking, when it comes to the game of football, he and I are very similar in our approach."
• On incoming freshman WR Chad Bumphis, who Mullen was recruiting at UF: "I think he was the first recruit I called when I got the job here. ... That was a huge recruit for us, but I know also with Chad coming in, we’re going to try to accelerate that curve, because he’s an athlete that has a lot of different skills. In our system, one thing we like is multi-talented guys, guys I can move around."