When Dan Mullen left the coaching staff at the University of Florida to become the head coach of the football team at Mississippi State, he was taking over a team coming off a four-win season.
He has since returned the Bulldogs to a competitive level in the Southeastern Conference. His team finished 8-5 last season, but were 4-4 against teams in the SEC.
Mullen brought three of his players to the 2013 SEC Media Days last Wednesday including senior quarterback Tyler Russell.
Mullen says Russell will have a big impact on the season.
Mullen says he wants to continue pushing the Bulldogs toward a championship level.
Mullen says with additions to Davis Wade Stadium and the success his team has had, he thinks the fans will be excited about their team.
This off-season has carried a bitter taste with it after the Bulldogs lost to Northwestern in the Gator Bowl on January 1.
Mullen says that loss has given them a spark this summer.
Mississippi State will open up this season at home against Oklahoma State August 31.