Mississippi State will be hosting Charleston Southern in their season opener this Saturday. Mississippi State will look to bounce back after having a rough 2016 season finishing with a 6-7 record and 3-5 in the SEC. Charleston Southern on the other hand, was the Big South Conference champion going 7-4 and 4-1 in conference.
The Seasoned Coach
After being hired in December in 2008, Dan Mullen has spent 9 years as the Head Coach for Mississippi State. In an interview Mullen addressed how stacked they are at running back having junior Aeris Williams, junior Dontavian Lee, sophomore Nick Gibson, sophomore Alec Murphy and Freshman Kylin Hill. Aeris Williams should start, but the others will more than likely also be used.
One position that does draw some question is kicker. As of now Coach Mullen says there is still a three way battle and he’ll be looking for not only consistency but also who has the tenacity to win.
The Bulldogs are unranked nationally in the major preseason polls. 247 Sports has the team preseason ranked 9th overall in the SEC. We’ll look to see how Coach Mullen leads his team with a chip on their shoulders this season.
— Charleston Southern (@csusports) August 31, 2017
The New Coach
Charleston Southern promoted quarterbacks coach, Mark Tucker, back in January and Saturday will be his head coaching debut. Coach Tucker has been with the team for the last four years and has kept QB play strong in Charleston.
The last few years Charleston Southern has been a conference favorite due to their performance on the field. Tomorrow’s game will however, be the first time CSU opens their season to an SEC opponent. Charleston Southern doesn’t have a ton of experience playing SEC opponents, having only played in five match ups since 2009.
Due to the Hurricane that has hit Houston, Texas; Mississippi State along with the University of Florida, Texas A&M, Utah, Ohio State and Indiana will be showing support by wearing decals on their helmets this opening week.
The game is set to kick off Saturday September 2nd at 4 P.M. EST in Starkville, MS on the SEC Network.