Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen and Athletic Director Scott Stricklin brought the university's "Road Dawgs" tour to the Neshoba County Coliseum Thursday evening. The visit was their final stop on a road trip that included visits to the Mississippi Gulf Coast, the Delta, Huntsville and Memphis.
Stricklin said the event gave he and coach Mullen the chance to meet Mississippi State fans and alumni. They even brought "Bully" the Bulldog mascot and the ever-popular Egg Bowl trophy to the Coliseum. The tour also gave away free MSU paraphernalia such as bumper stickers, posters and more.
With the NFL draft underway, both men spoke about the prospects of Meridian native Tyler Russell as he pursues a career in pro football.
" I think he's going to get an opportunity on a team. He'll get a try-out on a team, and get that opportunity somewhere, and people are going to give him that chance," said Mullen. "And likely, with anybody in the NFL, when you get that chance, it doesn't matter whether you were drafted or not. Whatever happens, when you step on that field, it's what you do with that opportunity.
"I think Tyler's going to have an opportunity to have a really good pro career," said Stricklin. "The draft? Because of the timing of his injury, you never know. There are so many guys who don't get drafted who end up playing professionally for a long time. And I'm certainly rooting for Tyler.