October 10, 2011

Monday with Mullen

Mississippi State will be back at home this week for just the third time this season.

The Bulldogs have managed to keep their record at .500 despite playing most of their games on the road in the early goings. MSU will welcome SEC foe South Carolina to Starkville searching for their first conference win of the campaign.

"It's great to be coming back home," Mullen said. "The first half of our season we played four of our six games on the road. It's exciting to get a home game. This late into the season it's only our third home game. We're excited to get back and play in front of our home fans. We expect a great crowd and a great atmosphere on Saturday for a tough SEC game. We're excited to go out there and try to get our first SEC game of the year."

Throughout his career Gamecock head coach Steve Spurrier has been known for his fun and gun passing offense. But with the arrival of highly touted running back Marcus Lattimore last year Spurrier's offense evolved into a run oriented one.

"They are a running football team," Mullen said. "They ran a lot of spread option plays with Connor Shaw last week. It was very similar to what they were doing with Stephen Garcia. They are a power run football team. They've got a top tailback and you just see them run a lot of that spread option offense. You've got to stop the run when you play them no matter who's in at quarterback."

But of course South Carolina's passing game features one of the top receivers in the country as well in junior Alshon Jeffery. The 6-foot-4, 229-pounder has hauled in 25 passes already this season for 427 yards and four touchdowns.

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