Monday Presser: Mullen Talks; Videos of Koenning, Wilson, Knox, Brewster

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.

Offensive coordinator Les Koenning

Defensive coordinator Chris Wilson

Running backs coach Greg Knox

Receivers coach Tim Brewster

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.”

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  • buelldagg

    Dan Mullen has assembled a great coaching staff. I hate to say it, but these asst. coaches will be getting offers to head coach at other schools, if State’s success continues and that’s okay, it just shows how good a coach Dan Mullen has become. THIS IS OUR STATE……………… #HAILSTATE

    • MabenMaroon

      Just hope none of them go until they are 100% ready. Coach Hudspeth was a head coach at a big-time FCS ( Div II? ) school that had a heck of a good history and track record and so far he is having great success at a NQ FBS school. All Dawg fans should be quite proud of him ( and hope that Scott Stricklin doesn’t do some thing foolish and put UL-L on the schedule.)

  • frank smith

    HAIL STATE!!!!!!!!!!!

  • DAWGHAPPY

    WHAT A GREAT GAME !!! TAKING NOTHING AWAY FROM ANY OF THE COACHES OR PLAYERS, COACH CHRIS WILSON CALLED HIS FINEST GAME AS DC. THIS ONE CERTAINLY IS A TURN AROUND FROM LAST YEAR WHEN THE DEFENSE GAVE UP 41 POINTS TO AUBURN. MY HAT IS OFF TO YOU COACH WILSON !!!! I MUST ADMIT I WAS NOT SURE YOU HAD IT IN YOU, BUT YOU CAME THROUGH LIKE A CHAMP!!!!! MY EXPECTATIONS ARE GETTING OUT OF HAND ! GO DAWGS !!! BITE ‘EM TIL IT HURTS !!!

  • wimpy

    truely one of the best games I have ever seen state play. great
    coaching staff, great athletic diector.lets do whatever it takes to keep them. also great players.Good job men keep it up!!!!! GO DAWGS!!!

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