Wright Ready to Lead; Ex-Bulldogs; Mullen Video

Next game: vs. Memphis, Saturday, 6 p.m. (ESPNU, Clay Matvick and Herm Edwards)

In today’s Daily Journal I have a story on senior linebacker K.J. Wright, who was one of four players elected as captain on Tuesday. He’s certainly established himself as a leader, the guy the rest of the defense will look to.

That role often belongs to the middle linebacker, in this case Chris White. He’s a captain, too, but he’s only in his second year at MSU (he was a junior college transfer last year). Wright’s entering his fourth year in the program and is on his fourth defensive coordinator (Manny Diaz) since coming to Starkville.

Wright has been moved from strongside to weakside linebacker – a.k.a. “will” linebacker – and he’s set to have an even bigger year than 2009, when he was second on the team with 82 tackles. And he likes working next to White.

“Usually, the sam, he’s outside the box, and the mike and will, they’re usually side by side,” Wright said. “So me and Chris, we’re always talking on every play. We tell each other formations, what you’re looking for. It’s just better for us to communicate with each other with being right by each other.”

MORE ON EX-BULLDOGS: The Commercial Appeal writes about a couple of former Mississippi State players, linebacker Jamon Hughes (about whom I wrote on Monday) and wide receiver Delmon Robinson. Hughes was the leading tackler for Memphis last year and is the starting middle linebacker; at MSU, he was the fourth-leading tackler in 2007.

Robinson is a second-string receiver, and in his one year at MSU made 12 catches for 125 yards. He then transferred to Copiah-Lincoln Community College before arriving in Memphis.

Also from the C-A is a Tigers notebook.

MULLEN VIDEO: In case you missed my tweet last night, I posted video of coach Dan Mullen‘s media chat following yesterday’s practice. I normally don’t post five-plus minutes, but technical issues on my laptop forced me to upload it straight from my iPhone, and there’s no way to edit it beforehand when doing it that way.

Anyway, nice to see Cannon Mullen getting some face time.

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