November 16, 2009

Mullen's Monday press conference

Mississippi State is currently sitting with the same win total from 2008 but yet things seem different in Starkville.

There has been plenty of buzz surrounding the Bulldogs program this year and the direction they are headed under Dan Mullen. But a 4-6 record is certainly has not satisfied the rookie head coach, even against the nation's toughest schedule.

"I think we need to win a little bit more to earn some respect," Mullen said. "When a team plays us what I hope they see is a team that is going to play real hard and is going to compete and fight for four quarters. That's the foundation of the program that we wanted to build here."

MSU will have to win its remaining two games to have hopes of a bowl game but face a tough task in both. Up first, the Bulldogs travel to Little Rock to take on Arkansas and their potent passing attack of Ryan Mallett in Bobby Petrino's offense.

"If you look at this team we are playing, they lead the league in offense and are very explosive with the ability to score points," Mullen said. "Their quarterback is the best passing quarterback that we've faced so far this year. He can make a lot of throws that a lot of other guys in the league can't make. They also have a very talented group of running backs and receivers. As a team they do all the little things right. They lead the league in turnover ratio. They do the little things the right way that help you win football games. We'll have our hands full this week."

The Razorbacks (6-4) are lighting up the scoreboard with 37.6 points per game this season averaging 450.1 yards on offense. Arkansas is picking up 310 yards through the air a contest.

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