Mullen Press Conference 9/4

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Dan Mullen will speak with us around 7:20. Follow along for updates.
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Mullen says they're still virus-free. He credits his team for doing a good job with students back on campus.
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He says he feels a little depressed because he should be at the Hilton getting ready to play Eastern Washington.
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Ethan Hughes said:

He says he feels a little depressed because he should be at the Hilton getting ready to play Eastern Washington.
we all feel that depression
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He says he didn't realize until this morning that tomorrow should've been game day. He thinks they've had a great practice schedule so far and gotten a lot done. The coaches and players have done a good job of adjusting to the added off days this fall.
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He says they've gotten through their installations and are onto game-specific situations. "I'm worried about everything to be honest with you." He says there's a chance we'll see some sloppy football early this season because after Monday's scrimmage, they'll have tackled twice in nine months. He adds that tackling and special teams are focuses right now.
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Mullen says the scrimmage will be the final one before the season and will feature live-tackling. He thinks having 18 days between the scrimmage and the first game will give them time to get healthy.
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He says having a limited crowd will feel "awkward" and feel more like a scrimmage than a game. He'll talk to some NFL guys to get their feedback after their first week of games with little or no fans. The challenge is to mentally prepare them to the point where it still feels like game day.
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He says they're allowed to pump in crowd noise up until the center goes over the ball.
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Mullen jokes that he fought long and hard to get the SEC's artificial noise rule into place at MSU, and they do a good job of stopping the cowbells before the snap.
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He says they're measuring up the timeline until kickoff. They're planning as if injuries in the scrimmage will be two-week deals, so they'll be back for game week. He jokingly calls the NCAA rule that requires players to be in uniform or have their number visible 90 minutes before kickoff the "Dan Mullen Rule." He calls it "horrendously ridiculous." A reporter asks who reported them, he says, "Who do you think?" The reporter responded "Georgia?" He says, "You said it, not me." He says they'll abide by the rule and put numbers on T-shirts.
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He says he's worried about gamesmanship when it comes to the number of players needed at a position for a game to not be postponed, as some teams might try to use injuries as an excuse to postpone games. He cites Kentucky's QB situation last year as an example. His solution is to identify the amount of players you need to play a game as a league and give everybody one postponement. After that, it will be a forfeit. He thinks that would solve a lot of problems without punishing the team that's doing everything right.

He's looking for cleaner execution and ball security in Monday's scrimmage.
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Mullen says the offensive line is "doing a lot better than we did." He still won't give us anything about who's playing where.

He says they're going to play multiple running backs again this year, but he doesn't know who will take the first snap.
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He says it's great to hear that Van Jefferson is doing well, but he's not surprised because of his intelligence, work ethic and route-running abilities. He can run the same route five or six different ways to mess with the defense. He says he's talked to Jefferson, and another thing that's working for him is the offense is basically the same with the Rams but with different terminology.
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He says the testing numbers "are really encouraging." He says it shows their commitment to be a great football team and how seriously they take everything. Being successful is a long-term thing. Hopefully they continue to be smart and stay on the path they're on.
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Mullen says the fact that they haven't had a positive test since early July has given the players an increased comfort and helped lead to not having any opt-outs. He says his guys love playing football and have a lot of respect for their teammates, which makes for an easier environment to not opt out.
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He says the last time he coached with a crowd of 17,000 as a home team was probably his last game at Bowling Green versus Eastern Michigan in 2002, not counting spring games at Utah.
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That is all for tonight.
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JawGator84 said:

Ethan Hughes said:

He says he feels a little depressed because he should be at the Hilton getting ready to play Eastern Washington.
we all feel that depression
It's really going to hit tomorrow watching the games that are on.
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Ethan Thanks for the updates, Coach is right the first few weeks of games will be some sloppy/ugly football .....Do you know anything about next press conferences dates? CDM, coaches, players or anything? Or are these last minute notice?
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Ethan Thanks for the updates, Coach is right the first few weeks of games will be some sloppy/ugly football .....Do you know anything about next press conferences dates? CDM, coaches, players or anything? Or are these last minute notice?
Thanks for following along. We haven't gotten the schedule for next week yet. They sent us an email last Sunday with the days and times for this week's press conferences, and I'd expect something similar for next week.
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