Live thread: Dan Mullen press conference, Auburn week

At 1 p.m today, Dan Mullen will hold his weekly press conference. Mississippi State beat Northwestern State 62-13 in Starkville last weekend and travels to Auburn this weekend. The game kicks off at 6:30 central time on ESPN2.

Live updates to follow.

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NADGDUUQCEFBWGV.20150913031107And he’s here.

Mullen opens by talking about MSU’s win over NSU, saying “as a team we improved.” He said MSU was much better in the week of practice leading up to NSU. He wants to see the same this week ahead of Auburn, who he expects to be a tough opponent.

“Look at all that talent they have all over the field, getting back at home where they have that great home record under Gus [Malzahn], we’ve got a challenge ahead of us,” Mullen says.

What helps with MSU having a young team and going on the road, Mullen says, is that MSU opened the season on the road at Southern Miss. He acknowledges the crowd will be twice as large and very hostile, but it helps that the team is used to the process of the bus ride down and playing a night game.

Talking about his own team, Mullen getting into the running back rotation. He says he thought freshmen Dontavian Lee and Aeris Williams both looked good. If they progress and keep learning, he expects them to play more. “Unless someone really separates themselves,” Mullen expects all four to rotate going forward.

On the offense as a whole led by Dak Prescott, Mullen said his quarterback does a good job of keeping the offense rolling when they start doing well. Said Prescott has a good feel for what needs to be done and how to capitalize on momentum and make good decisions to keep MSU in rhythm.

As for the opposite team’s quarterback, Mullen says of Auburn’s Jeremy Johnson that “he has the athleticism to beat you,” but also “has the ability to be a pocket passer.” Said it presents a challenge that he can do well either way.

To Auburn’s defense, Mullen says “they have a lot of talent in that front seven.” He thinks Auburn has two of the best tackles and linebackers in the SEC. He expects MSU to see a lot of talent lined up opposite of them.

Back to his own team, Mullen was asked about freshman left tackle Elgton Jenkins, who played early and extensively against NSU. Said he’s a talented player who they need to get more experience for. Mullen said Jenkins is one of several young players they want to find ways to have play.

“We’re going to continue to try to force-feed guys on the field.”

And that’s it for Mullen. Happy Monday, friends.

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