STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen holds his weekly press conference Monday afternoon in the Bryan Athletic Administration Building. Free on-demand video of each week's press conference will be posted in the story rotation (main and football pages only) on HailState.com.
Dan Mullen Press Conference Transcript - 9/10/12
"Well, this (the Auburn game) was a great win-a great win to start off conference play. It was a great challenge. Our guys came in this morning to watch film and will continue later on this afternoon. We have to see how we will respond to this. This is new territory for our guys; we've never been in this position. This time in the season we're always ready to come back and say, "This is what we have to build on." Now we've got to deal with a little bit of adversity of success with our first road game. It's a tough place to play, obviously. They've had a lot of success on their team. They have a very explosive offense. Their quarterbacks are very experienced and can make all of the throws on the plays. They spread around a lot with different receivers. They also have two really explosive backs in the backfield. So our defense is going to have their hands full with a very tough challenge. On the other side of the ball, it looks like they have a bit of a younger team-but they are still are an experienced team. Playing that kind of explosive offense, we're going to have to maintain the level of the tempo. This is an important role of leadership for our players during a road game like this. It's really important."
On dealing with success:
"I think fortunately we have a little bit of experience in it. I told our guys this morning, 'What's going to happen when you go to class today? People are going to pat you on the back. That last time that happened was when we beat Michigan and we had a lackluster spring. Our guys understand the pats on the back can turn in to kicks in the rear end pretty quick. The players have to share that with the younger guys on our team who might be going through that (success) for the first time. You can all of a sudden lose a little bit of focus."
On OL Justin Malone:
"I was really happy with how Justin Malone got that experience on the field. You can see in the first game he wasn't very good. It's not that he didn't have the talent. The pressure of being in that situation was getting to him. As soon as he made one mistake, he was ready to make another one because he was so freaked out from the first one. He played much calmer this week with a lot more confidence out there on the field. That's something that we need. The fact that he continues to grow will allow us to continue our rotation (on the offensive line)."