September 7, 2009

Mullen's Monday press conference

Many people around the country tuned in to ESPN2 last season to watch the Auburn-Mississippi State matchup which ended up with a baseball like 3-2 score.

One of those people watching was then Florida offensive coordinator Dan Mullen who had no idea at the time that he would be leading the Bulldogs into this year's Southeastern Conference showdown with Auburn.

"I remember watching some of it," Mullen said. "It was a pretty exciting game I think, maybe not exciting in terms of high scoring or explosiveness but a close defensive battle. It was back-and -forth and there were a couple of special teams opportunities that the game could have swung either direction. I think we had played earlier in the day and I was watching the game that night. I haven't watched any of it since because I don't know if much holds true because they have a new staff and we have a whole new staff. It's a whole new mindset with the two programs. My feeling on 3-2 games is as long as we have the three I have no problem."

The Bulldogs got things started on a positive note in week one opening up with a 45-7 victory over Jackson State. But Mullen understands that this week's challenge will be much more difficult.

"This coming week is a whole different turnaround for us," Mullen said. "We go from an instate, non-conference historic rival to a bitter conference game and now it's for real for our players. Everyone's goal, our goal for sure, is to find a way to win your conference championship. Our goal to start the season is to find a way to win the SEC West. Our first step starts this Saturday in Auburn."

Auburn head coach Gene Chizik is bringing back the tradition of having a sound defense like the one he had on the Plains during his stint as the Tigers defensive coordinator from 2002-04.

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