September 30, 2009
Mullen talking Yellow Jackets
Mississippi State's 38-7 loss to Georgia Tech was arguably the Bulldogs worst defensive performance of the season last year.
The Yellow Jackets triple-option attack amassed 500 yards including 438 on the ground. New MSU head coach Dan Mullen knows he will have his hands full on Saturday attempting to stop the rare offensive scheme.
"I think we have a really good plan," Mullen said. "We have to execute against them and be really sound against them. They make a living out of getting you out of position. If you have one guy miss an assignment it results in a big play. The one challenge that they bring to the table is they've got a quarterback who can throw the football and run the option offense. Even if you do stop them they have the ability to make plays on third down to keep themselves on the field."
Georgia Tech is 3-1 on the year and currently ranked No. 25 in the country. The Yellow Jackets will be the second opponent the Bulldogs have faced from the Top 25 in as many weeks. Their entire remaining home schedule features teams currently ranked.
"It's a huge deal anytime you play a nationally ranked team," Mullen said. "You had better be ready to be in a four-quarter fight. Obviously getting ready to play a team like Georgia Tech, you have to be really sound on defense. We have to get our defensive side of the ball to play very disciplined football. We are going to have to execute at a high level on offense to be efficient because they try to limit the number of possessions you get during the course of the game."
Georgia Tech's offense is averaging 27 points and 387.2 yards per game this season. The Bulldogs have been trying to emulate the triple option this week with their scout team in practice this week. Junior quarterback Aaron Encalade and freshman running back Montrell Conner have been imitating Georgia Tech's offensive stars Josh Nesbitt and Jonathan Dwyer on the scout team.
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