Russell Ready to Lead

For the first time ever, six teams were highlighted in a single day at SEC Media Days in Birmingham, among them, Mississippi State.

Head football coach, Dan Mullen, was prepared to answer questions bright and early.

"You know i don't think we're that far off," Mullen told a bevy of reporters of the outlook for his team this coming season. "And for us the big part of it is making that final play. About 170 plays a game, in offense, defense and kicking game. Unfortunately, you don't know which one. In this league, one play can sway it and you don't know which one it was. I guess if you knew which one it was you'd make sure you won that play. But I think that's part of the mental toughness that comes. We have some guys that have played a lot of football. and I think they can get that message, that experience that they have in this league now to get that across to the young guys."

"Just watching older guys and seeing the things that they did and what they did when things weren't going really well and the things they did when things were going good," said quarterback Tyler Russell, of Meridian, of how he has prepared to take a starting role. "And just being out there and, you know, the experience I've had and I played in some games. You know, (it's) just time to be that guy young guys count on and look up to and finally being able to just lead the team."

Mississippi State opens the season Sept. 1 at home against Jackson State, with the SEC opener the following week against Auburn.

Featured at SEC Media Days Thursday are Ole Miss and the defending national champion Alabama Crimson Tide.

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