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 - 10/8/12
Press Conference- Dan Mullen 10/08/12
“I’m excited about this game. An eight o’clock kickoff and it will be a great a environment here. I know our fans are going to be fired up and our student body is going to work hard to give us the home field advantage—which is critical. You want to put yourself in a position to win championships, so you have to win home games. We will surely have our hands full with the challenge of the team we will be playing this week. When you look at Tennessee, the first thing that jumps out to you is the explosiveness of their offense. They have NFL type players in every position. They have great receivers, their quarterback, running backs—just a very experienced offensive line. They can put up a lot of points. They’ve played Georgia and Florida in the SEC so far and put a bunch of points up on both teams. When you look defensively, the challenge is that the two teams that have beaten them really relied on the big play. They’ve been beaten with a bunch of 70 and 80 yard touchdowns. Coming off of a bye-week I’m sure that they’ve had time to adjust that stuff and get things done. It’s going to be a great challenge for our team and we’re looking to our fans for a great home field advantage this week to push us through. It should be a really fun and entertaining game. Malcolm Johnson and Devin Jones are both probable for this game. We expect those guys to play. Cedric Jiles will be out with the hand. That’s really the extent to guys playing and not playing in this week’s game.”
On player matchups
“I think it will be a great challenge for our guys. They’re the two best receivers we’ve played so far this year. And on top of that, the best passing quarterback we’ve played this year. So, that combination is definitely going to be a challenge for our secondary, and it should be fun. Those are the guys that you depend on as the strength. Along with all of the leadership experience that we have on the back end they are going to have to step up and play great. “
On Offensive Opportunities…
“Well, last week I would’ve liked to have had more points on the board. I thought we moved the ball pretty well, but we missed some opportunities to score. We finished the game down there in the red zone. I saw two other possessions that I think we really should have had touchdowns on. I think when Bumphis dropped a big pass down the middle of the field would have been a big play. So I think theirs is some big play potential for us but you’re not going to always have lots of opportunities for big plays. When you do, you better capitalize on them, and if you don’t you’re going to be in battle. You have the opportunity to make the big play—when it is already hard to score in this league—you HAVE to take advantage of them. “