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MSU football fall practice report No. 6 - Mullen talks recruiting, Dak Prescott and the farm on school's media day


Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen addresses reporters during the school's annual media day Tuesday.

Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen addresses reporters during the school's annual media day Tuesday. Photo by: MSU athletics



Matt Stevens


STARKVILLE - Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen used the platform of the school's media day to further promote the idea he doesn't trust recruiting rankings.  


Not on 247Sports.com, Rivals.com, Scout.com or even local newspaper's evaluations of high school talent.  


They have their own system at Mississippi State and Mullen thinks it has worked just fine over the past four years.  




"Nothing against Rivals and Scout and 247(sports), but we're not taking their evaluation," Mullen said. "We're doing our own evaluation on these kids and whether it's your newspaper, whoever is evaluating them, we trust ours. We have our own five stars in our deal." 




I'll have a feature on the results of Dan's first recruiting class that included current NFL players and current preseason All-SEC selections on the roster right now such as Pernell McPhee, Fletcher Cox and Johnthan Banks.  




"It ended up being a pretty good class," Mullen said. "That first class had a lot of talented kids from Mississippi and have had very successful careers and hopefully continue to great careers. We still have some of those guys for this year and a couple of them for the following year." 




Finally Mullen emphasized once again that redshirt freshman quarterback Dak Prescott has to see some early playing time and described it as "desperation" to get the former three-star recruit from Louisiana into Southeastern Conference games because of the lack of depth at the signal caller position behind projected starter Tyler Russell.  




"The only quarterback we have on our roster that's taken a snap is Tyler Russell, so we could be a play away, knock on wood, of him not being the quarterback," Mullen said. "I can't tell you that. So we have to make sure for the team that we have other guys who are ready, not just now, but as the season goes on. So in meaningful situations in games, we have got to put Dak Prescott on the field so he can understand what it's like to play and be out there on game day." 




In other news to filed under things Dan Mullen wants us to believe but were unable to verity ourselves:  




- Mullen said Tuesday's first practice in full pads at the farm facility went well for the younger players in their first experience of the never-ending heat and humidity on the practice field. Today's workout was the first one in full pads for the fall season and will be followed up by the first session of two-a-day practices. 




"Some young guys figured out, because they've never been over there, where to go and what it's like, and looking for shade and there's none out there," Mullen said. "I think for us it is that mindset. There's no school, it's just football time, it's training camp, and I love being at a different a location for training camp than our normal location. This is a different time of year. Being out there at the farm makes it feel different." 




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