Live thread: Dan Mullen press conference, NSU week

At 1 p.m. today, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen will hold his weekly press conference. MSU lost to LSU last week and hosts Northwestern State University on Saturday.

Live updates to follow. In the meantime (or later time) enjoy last week’s episode of This Is Our Plate, the season debut at Bin 612.

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UFJIEOFGJDQOBAQ.20150906045732And Dan Mullen is here. He opens his press conference by offering prayers to those at Delta State. Said MSU has learned the feeling of how scary it can be.

Moving onto football, Mullen says around the league and country, last week made clear that you have to show up and play your “A Game” no matter who the opponent is.

As for NSU specifically, Mullen says they blitz more than any team MSU has played so far this season. Offensively, says they have one receiver in particular who can cause trouble, as well as a couple speedy running backs.

Looking back at LSU, Mullen says, “that was a disappointing loss for us … We’ve got problems we have to fix … If we make that kick at the end of the game, we still have to fix those problems.”

Said making the kick would only have meant, “we’d be fixing those problems with big smiles on our face.”

As for the improved play in the second half, Mullen says the team finally settled down and just relaxed. Said a lot of the guys making their first SEC start had to adjust to that.

“I thought the guys settled down and played better. I’d love to tell you we made some miraculous adjustment to it all … We just needed to execute a little better and not worry.”

Mullen is asked if he wants to improve the rushing game, answers, “I don’t mind throwing. I just want to score points, I don’t care how we do it.”

He does see that NSU has struggled a little against the run in their first two games, especially with giving up big plays due to their aggressive style of defense.

As for Dak Prescott, Mullen says they saw one or two times in the LSU film that he could have decided to run and didn’t, but also noted several times where in the past Prescott would have run and instead he kept going through his reads and found a receiver. The point being, they’re not actively trying to keep Prescott from running.

“It’s not something, by design, we’re sitting here and saying ‘let’s do this way.’ I think it’s his progression in the passing game.”

Getting to the defensive side of the ball, Mullen has been very pleased with the defensive line, especially the starting four, three of whom are in starting roles for the first time.

“Those guys have really worked hard to be in that position. They’re grasping onto that role.”

Mullen says WR De’Runnya Wilson (wrist) is “fine,” adding that he practiced yesterday. Wilson had a big second half, largely as a result of some tweaks in the approach.

“We did make the adjustment to move him and try to get the 1-on-1 matchup with him on the field.”

At the running back position, Mullen says, “I thought they’ve played pretty well,” but said there have also been a few critical mistakes. Said Ashton Shumpert’s fumble was one, as well as a couple missed blocking assignments within the group.

As for the redshirt freshmen running backs Aeris Williams and Dontavian Lee, “we think those two young guys are talented, we just want to make sure they’re prepared.”

 

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