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 - 11/19/12
"Obviously this is the biggest game of the year for us. It always is every year. The final game of the year-the rivalry game, means a lot to these kids. A lot of these kids played each other while growing up. We have a lot of kids from Mississippi on our team that know how important this rivalry is and they grow up with it. It is not an intrastate rivalry like some rivalries are. It's a neighbor-to-neighbor to rivalry which makes it an even bigger game, and our guys know how much of a big deal that it is and we always put a huge emphasis on it. A win from this game would be a great way to finish off the season. There is nothing new on the injury report. Ferlando Bohanna should be good to go back in the lineup this week. He will be day to day with it because it is a muscle pull, but he should be good to go this weekend."
On LaDarius Perkins' play in the backfield:
"A lot of that is determined through matchups of how we read that the defense is going to play. If they give it to him, then you expect him to have that type of game. If not, then they don't. The great thing that Tyler (Russell) does is that he does not lock in on one guy. I can just see that statistically from what he has done all year. If we come in and say that we are going to try to create this particular matchup, if we don't have it he doesn't force it. He just goes on to his next read and makes the play. That's what he has done a good job of. If they give us those good matchups with Perkins, then I am sure that Tyler will take advantage of it."
On the Egg Bowl's effects on recruiting:
"If this game had everything to do with recruiting, then we would have gotten every kid in the last three years. And I guess they would have gotten every kid the year before I got here. I think that a lot of guys know what they are looking for in a school. Knowing what type of values are instilled in the football program, how they want to be developed, how the program runs, what the community and the town is like-all of that just has to fit who they are. So, I don't know that the outcome of this game always determines that. It will definitely give them bragging rights, but it just is what it is."