Blog Bag Answers: Feeding the Beast

Congratulations, peeps, you answered the bell and brought some strong questions to the Blog Bag this week. He is a full and satisfied creature, and he will now regurgitate some answers. Eww.

Q: Hearing Dak Prescott will be pushing for time at the QB position next year. What do you know about this, and will we always be a two-headed QB team under Dan Mullen?

A: I believe Prescott, a freshman, will make his presence known next season. In fact, I bet he moves ahead of Dylan Favre at some point. He’s a bigger version of Favre (6-foot-2, 225 pounds), a guy who can both throw it and run.

Tyler Russell isn’t guaranteed anything next year. Mullen said this week, “The offseason, there’s so much development that goes on in the offseason, that if you stop working even for a day, someone’s going to pass you. I think Tyler’s been here long enough, he understands that.”

Q: Fletcher Cox has been dominant the last three weeks. At this rate do you think he will return for his senior season? Also, will he be a future top ten pick?

A: I have no idea of Cox’s intentions for next year. I don’t think he’s a top-10 pick right now, but if he keeps progressing next season, who knows? He could definitely work his way into the first couple of rounds.

Q: It appeared on the TV that there was something odd about the exchange between Mullen and Joker Phillips after the Kentucky game. Looked like Mullen spun around to say something after the handshake as though some comment was made that sorta caught him off guard. May not have been anything, but it appeared strange.

A: Mullen after the game: “I said, ‘Good luck the rest of the way. I told him I thought his kids battled really hard and played right to the very end. Just knowing Morgan Newton, I recruited him, I didn’t get to see him, I didn’t know, I said, ‘Give him my best. I hope he’s OK.’ And that was it. I’ve got a lot of respect for Joker. I think he’s a great football coach. I’ve known him a long time, and I just wanted to make sure he knew – I thought their kids, you watch the way they played in the fourth quarter, really I think they probably outplayed us in that fourth quarter right there. Just a lot of credit to how their kids and he had that program kept battling.”

(Newton, the Kentucky quarterback, suffered a sprained ankle in the first quarter when he was sacked by Cox.)

Q: What is the average number of players getting into the ballgame each week?

A: According to the MSU participation chart, it’s an average of 62.625 players per game. The lowest number: 60 against Auburn. The highest: 65 against UAB. In all, 75 different players have logged playing time this season.

Q: Will coach Mullen rest the starters and give the young pups some game experience this Saturday?

A: Maybe once it’s a blowout.

Q: How did the Bulldog World Series play out? Who was MVP?

A: It’s not over yet. Game 5 is today at 4:15 p.m. at Dudy Noble Field. Then Saturday at 1 p.m. and Sunday at noon. Go watch, it’s free.

Q: Has anyone ever asked Mullen about our inability to get touchbacks on kickoffs? This has always driven me nuts! I thought Brian Egan was supposed to be the man with the leg to boom it into the end zone, but he doesn’t seem to be getting it done.

A: Yeah, haven’t asked him about it in a while. I’d heard all preseason that Egan should be able to put it in the end zone. He has two touchbacks this season – one against UAB, one against South Carolina.

Mullen tried Derek DePasquale on kickoffs at Georgia, but he fared no better. Don’t know what to tell you. Gotta recruit better in that department, I guess. MSU ranks ninth in the SEC and 57th in the country in kickoff coverage.