Live thread: Dan Mullen press conference, Arkansas week

At 1 p.m. today, Dan Mullen will meet with reporters for his weekly press conference. MSU travels to Arkansas this weekend for its final road game of the regular season.

Live updates to follow.

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OWHHYZXSVSAKSHA.20151025043636Dan Mullen opens his press conference offering prayers for Missouri coach Gary Pinkel. “Hopefully, he has many years to enjoy his family life.”

As for who MSU plays this weekend, Mullen is prepared for what he expects to be a big test. Speaking very highly of UA’s QB, TE and RB, calling them a huge challenge, especially as the Razorbacks come off their win over LSU last weekend.

“Arkansas is one of the hottest teams in the SEC and, I think, one of the hotter teams in the nation.”

Mullen says Arky’s offense has started to click and has “a little bit more explosiveness” as the season has gone on. Credits them for sound defense, too. Says it’s a hard matchup, especially because Hogs can control the clock and keep opposing offenses off the field.

“They’re playing with more confidence. You look early in the season, they had some tight losses. They turned it around and found a way to get some close wins. When that stuff starts happening, you start to build some confidence and momentum.”

Mullen says he expects a physical Arkansas offense, one with a big offensive line. They don’t necessarily spread you out. “They move people, and you can’t get moved.”

As for his own team, Mullen talking now about how scary the moment was for De’Runnya Wilson on Saturday when he was down on the field for an extended period time late against Alabama.

The good news, Mullen says, is that Wilson is “going to be fine.” He said it’s nothing threatening or that will bother him for a long time. His availability this week is unknown until closer to the game, but there’s no lasting concern.

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