Catching Up: Mullen’s Sunday Chat

I didn’t make it to Starkville last night for Dan Mullen‘s post-practice chat, but David Murray kindly passed along the transcript, so I do have a few highlight-worthy items for you. Mullen also is meeting the media later this morning, but I’m afraid I can’t make that one, either. I’m attending my aunt’s funeral this morning.

So, a few things of note from Sunday night.

• On whether there’s been carry-over for sophomore receiver Jameon Lewis as far as understanding the schemes: “Sure. It’s too hard to say because we just did our second install today. So as you put in more we’ll see how he develops with that stuff. But I do think he now he has kind of accepted the role of being a receiver. Not that he didn’t before being a receiver, but I think he viewed himself as an athlete and kind of give me the ball and I can make plays. Now I think now he understands that he has to be a wide receiver as well.”

• Mullen was asked about some athletic-looking freshmen on defense, and part of his response was this: “I look back to year one when if first got here to now, I think we’re much more athletic than we were then. Now, it doesn’t mean we’re going to be better football players. We’ve got to make sure we’re better football players as well. That’s important, too.”

• Juco transfer Denico Autry said Saturday that he sees himself as a third-down pass rusher, but Mullen is expecting much more than that. “We brought him in here to be the starter, not to be a situational guy.”

• The Bulldogs are holding split-squad practices again today, then they will check into a hotel for a few days as practices move to the South Farm fields on Tuesday. Media day is also tomorrow, and I will be there for that.

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If you haven’t see it yet, I did a story on Ferlando Bohanna and Benardrick McKinney, two very good friends who are competing for the starting middle linebacker job (CLICK HERE).