The Mississippi State football team doesn't play a game this week, but the No. 1 Bulldogs remain a hot topic on the national stage.
MSU head coach Dan Mullen made an appearance Monday morning on ESPN's SportsCenter and he was quizzed about everything from his 2-year-old daughter to Dak Prescott, his star quarterback.
Prescott is currently the front runner for the Heisman Trophy so it was only natural that he came up in the discussion.
ESPN's Jay Crawford asked Mullen if there was anything to the comparisons between Prescott and a former Heisman winner that played under Mullen when he was the offensive coordinator at Florida – Tim Tebow.
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“I think it's easy to compare because they're similar style players playing in a very similar offense,” Mullen said. “They kind of have those same characteristics. It's hard for me because I've spent so much time around them that I see them as such different people. But you can see where people make that comparison just in their styles of play and emotions on the field. They wear the same jersey number and physically they're about the same size and run the same offense.”
The Bulldogs are 6-0 and 3-0 in the SEC and Prescott's play has been crucial to that success.
“His confidence is really high,” Mullen said on SportsCenter. “That's due to the work ethic. He has that it factor … That it factor that he has is a guy that shows up every single day to work. He's going to bring his A game and work ethic in what he does. He lifts his teammates up around him when he comes with his attitude in the weight room, on the practice field or in the community.”
MSU is in a bye week before it travels to take on Kentucky at 2:30 p.m. on Oct. 25.
Mullen is confident that his team will not overlook a surprisingly good Kentucky team that's 5-1.
“Our guys have worked hard,” Mullen said. “We have great leadership within the program. Our guys buy into what their doing in their development. Every day, they show up to work and try to get better than they were the day before. That's a great recipe for success. We're at the midway point of the season and right where we want to be. But there's so much football to be played that our guys know they better show up every day. We have to come to work every single day or we'll get a reward for having a great first half of the season, and that's not what we're looking for.”
After Saturday's 38-23 win over Auburn on national television, the image that most fans took away from the game was Mullens' 2-year-old daughter, Breelyn, in his arms on the field.
“She's just having a great time,” Mullen said of his daughter. “She was having a lot of fun out there on the field. My wife, she was there, and (Breelyn) came to my arms. With all the commotion, she wasn't leaving there. She was daddy's little girl out there on the field. I don't think she knows what's going on, but she was just happy to be with dad.”