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Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen
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STARKVILLE, Miss. - Mississippi State head football coach Dan Mullen holds his weekly press conference Monday afternoons in the Leo Seal Jr. Football Complex. 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, along with an associated transcript.

Dan Mullen Press Conference Transcript - 8/26/13

  “We’re really excited to get the season underway. We work year-round; our guys do, for these 12 opportunities that are on our schedule to go play. You get 12 Saturdays, or possibly a Thursday or Friday game thrown in here or there, but you get those opportunities and they don’t come along very often. You know if you’re very fortunate and take care of your opportunities maybe you get 13 or 14 of those.  That’s one thing we’re looking forward to. I know our guys, when you put in that work since January 1st, you put in the work of offseason conditioning, offseason training, you go in and put in 15 practices during spring ball. You’re going to have 29 practices during fall camp. After summer conditioning and summer training, for the guys to go out there and finally get to go play a game, it’s going to be pretty special. I know our guys to open the season this way on national television against the team ranked 13th in the country, it’s a pretty special way to start the season. Our coaching staff is ready to get it kicked off, our team is ready to get it kicked off and we’re ready to go play.”

On Playing a Ranked Team In The Season Opener:

“I think what you have to do is take out your margins for error. A lot of the times you’re looking, especially game one, is what we’re trying to get accomplished. How we’re trying to break in young players. Let’s have a special plan maybe to break in young players. I think it’s a little harder in this game in what amounts to a big time game from day one. You’re treating this game like you would a game in November when you’re competing for the conference championship. It’s that level of deal. I think sometimes in your preparation, you’re looking past what we need to do in game one to make sure we get in everything we need to get in, and that switches to what we have to do to win the game. Not that you don’t want to win those other games, but I think there’s a lot less margin for error and flexibility to do those things.”

On De’Runnya Wilson and Chris Jones:

“They’re guys that came in, and as we say, it’s how fast you adjust to the speed of the game.  They’re two guys that for one, as young players, fortunately stayed healthy all through training camp so they got to get the reps and the opportunities and they both really jumped out and made a lot of plays. When you do that it’s not just making plays, it’s making plays within the system. So what you have to do is kind of counter balance it because a guy could make a couple of great plays and then have 15 missed assignments on what he’s doing. Those two guys played solidly at their position and took advantage of it. De’Runnya took advantage of some guys being out, and took advantage of getting reps and made a lot of spectacular catches as well as being a consistent player. So they’re two guys that we expect to play in this first game for us.”

On MSU’s Travel List:

“How many guys are we going to bring with us? Well I didn’t count it, but we kind of have a tentative travel list. I don’t know, I’m guessing maybe six or seven. That’s a pure guess, I don’t know. I don’t ever count what freshmen are doing what or any of that stuff for us. I just look at who’s coming. I think our tentative travel list will between 72 and 78.”  


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