Football Garners National Attention at #SECMD14

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Coach Dan Mullen spoke at his sixth SEC Media Day.
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HOOVER, Ala. – A buzz of expectation surrounding Mississippi State football swept its way through the 2014 Southeastern Conference Media Day floor as head coach Dan Mullen, quarterback Dak Prescott, safety Jay Hughes and linebacker Benardrick McKinney addressed over 1,000 media members on Tuesday morning in the Hyatt Regency Wynfrey Hotel.

Mullen and the players rotated through 12 stops that included visits with ESPN,, the SEC Network, CBS, Fox Sports South, Sports Illustrated, USA Today and It was Mullen’s sixth SEC Media Day tour as he leads a Bulldog squad that returns 30 players who started at least one game last season. Much of that group, including Prescott, shattered a combined seven team offensive records in 2013.

“Our guys are anxious to get back out on the field based on how positive we finished last year,” said Mullen. “I think this is one of these years we've built a foundation of our program.  By going to four straight bowl games, by winning four out of five Egg Bowls within the state, we've built a solid foundation for our future. To have all those guys come back that have played in a lot of big games is pretty special.”

McKinney, a National Defensive Player of the Year candidate, made his second straight SEC Media Day appearance. The veteran Hughes returns as a leader in the secondary, while Prescott has garnered attention as one of the nation’s elite dual-threat quarterbacks.

“There's expectations outside the room, but there are expectations in the facility and they are a lot higher than anybody else's,” said Prescott. “We want to get better and be the team we can be.”

For more #SECMD14 coverage, visit Bob Carskadon's HailStateBEAT blog here. Watch video interviews with the players here. An all-access look at the Bulldogs’ SEC Media Day tour created by Hail State Productions will be available on Wednesday. 

The Bulldogs report for practice on July 30 before conducting their first workout on July 31.

For more information on the program, follow the Bulldogs’ official Twitter accountFacebook account and find us on Instagram (@HailStateFB).

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