Dan Mullen Talks Georgia Prior To Saturday's Showdown

Sep 9, 2017; Ruston, LA, USA; Mississippi State Bulldogs head coach Dan Mullen and Mississippi State Bulldogs quarterback Nick Fitzgerald (7) during the first half against the Louisiana Tech Bulldogs at Joe Aillet Stadium. Mandatory Credit: Justin Ford-USA TODAY Sports

Dan Mullen Talks Georgia Prior To Saturday's Showdown


Dan Mullen Talks Georgia Prior To Saturday's Showdown

Dan Mullen Talks Georgia Prior To Saturday’s Showdown

Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen is no stranger to Kirby Smart defenses. On Saturday, Mullen will face a Smart defense for the first time since Smart accepted the head coaching job at UGA.

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Mullen on Georgia having fifty-four players who were once four and five star recruits: 

“To me it means they have an awful lot of talent on their football team,” Mullen said. “Besides that, probably not that much else to me, but you look, they have a tremendous amount of talent at every position. You have 54 if you say 4- and 5-star, only 11 guys are on the team at the time, or 22 on offense and defense. That means everybody on their two-deep is a 4- or 5-star potentially. So that means one guy comes out, another 4-/5-star comes in. You can see that on film, that they’re an extremely talented football team.”

Mullen on Georgia quarterback Jake Fromm:

“I think he’s done a great job. He’s a competitor. He’s used to winning. And he has that winning attitude,” Mullen said. “And I think their coaching staff does a good job of putting him in position to be successful. By building confidence, and not making it too complicated to him, so he can find a way to make good decisions and build on his confidence.”

Mullen on similarities between Smart’s Alabama defenses and his Georgia defense:

“In the different checks that they have to make, the fitting every single play, you just see them improved,” Mullen said. “Obviously it’s a very good scheme, and I know Kirby’s a great coach and did a great job when he was at Alabama. And you can see the defense growing into that same style at Georgia.”

Mullen on facing Georgia on Saturday night in Athens:

“Obviously this is a huge challenge for our team this week,” Mullen said. “Going to play a top 10 team on the road. A very talented Georgia football team, and having to go do it in a hostile environment. We have a tough challenge. Last week our guys answered that but that was at home. Even tougher challenge this week.”

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