Hey, we spoke with a bunch of coaches today, including head man Dan Mullen. We also caught up with several assistants, and I have videos for y’all to enjoy. So, enjoy. Mullen beneath the links.
Now, for some Mullen highlights.
• Injury report: Tight end Brandon Hill is listed as doubtful for this week due to an ankle sprain. Freshman defensive back Xavier Grindle, who hasn’t played this season, is out for the year with an ACL. And of course, tight end Malcolm Johnson remains doubtful with his pectoral injury.
• On coming off a big win over Auburn: “This is new territory for our guys, they haven’t been in this position. At this point of the season we’re always trying to come back and say OK, this is what we have to build on and now we’ve got to deal with a little bit of adversity. Instead of success, with your first road game.”
• On QB Tyler Russell being named SEC offensive player of the week: “A couple years ago, when he came here, that’s what’s been expected out of him. You’re in such a what-have-you-done-for-me-lately society in the world we live in that they kind of forget that’s what was expected out of him. But he, as much guys do, he’s developed, matured and grown into that position. Now he is ready to perform at the level everybody expected him to be at.”
• On Troy’s offense: “I don’t think we have seen exactly what their personality is yet. I think ours is growing within our team but with theirs, the two different games that they’ve been in, you’re going to have to see coming into this game what direction they’re heading in and really the game can dictate a lot of that as well as the game progresses.”
• On Auburn’s 100-yard kickoff return for TD by Onterio McCalebb: “The kick return for a touchdown, honestly, the two biggest culprits was maybe I put our guys in a bad position. Cam Lawrence and John Banks both didn’t get off a block and stayed on a block too long. I think they assumed we would kick it out of the end zone with the strong wind and all of a sudden got caught and weren’t in the right position.”