“It feels pretty good to be 3-0.”
I bet it does, Dan Mullen. I bet it does.
Though Mississippi State’s head coach conceded not everything is good right now, with plenty to fix after the close 30-24 victory over Troy.
Speaking of feeling good, we got an injury report from Mullen, and it’s a little longer than usual, though not all bad.
- Senior receiver Arceto Clark, who left the game early Saturday and never returned after taking a pretty rough hit, is expected to play against South Alabama this weekend.
- Fellow receiver Sam Williams suffered a concussion against Troy and won’t practice today, but is probable for the weekend.
- Sophomore tight end Brandon Hill is still dealing with a sprained ankle and is doubtful for USA.
- Senior offensive lineman Tobias Smith did not play against the Trojans and is “somewhere between questionable and probable.” Mullen says it will depend how he feels this week. Their original thought for Smith had been that he could play against Auburn and then possibly rest for a few weeks, with MSU’s bye coming up after USA.
- Sophomore tight end Malcolm Johnson, a Mackey Award watch-lister in the preseason, is doubtful for this weekend, but Mullen says he thinks Johnson may return against Kentucky on October 6.
As for non-injury news, there was little of the breaking sort, but plenty of perspective on his team after a mixed-bag type of game against the Trojans.
Mullen said he thinks the drops by receivers are a correctable issue (he said Saturday there were seven), as is the letdown on defense.
The head coach says MSU defenders had 22 missed tackles and 18 missed assignments in the game, attributing the lapse in defense to corresponding lapses in concentration.
It wasn’t all bad, of course, as Mullen gave senior receiver Chad Bumphis credit for “playing the best football of his career” after catching six passes for 180 yards and three touchdowns against the Trojans.
For more comments from defensive coordinator Chris Wilson and from junior quarterback Tyler Russell, check out the videos below, and for full video of Mullen’s press conference, click here and be whisked away to HailState.com