SPRING: Q and A With Coach Dan Mullen, Part II

Offensive Coordinator Dan Mullen has been working overtime this spring. He is the quarterbacks coach, teaching four quarterbacks a brand new offense, but he's also the overseer of the entire offensive scheme. This is part two of a conversation with Coach Mullen.

On the weight that you put on Saturday's Orange and Blue game…

"Saturday is a chance for these kids that have really worked hard in the offseason training. All the fans that come Saturday, none of them were there when we there at five in the morning when we were lifting and running and doing the mat drills. They've really worked hard out here at practice and it's a chance for our guys to showcase their talents and all the hard work they've done for their fans."

On him walking away from this game happy, sad or worried…

"I'll be happy if everybody plays hard. The thing is when you get into a game and split the team in half, you have some first string linemen and some second string linemen on the same team. Some guys aren't use to blocking together or you have a quarterback who hasn't thrown to this receiver as much as other guys because of how the teams are split up. When you get into it, I just want to see them play hard because I wouldn't expect perfect execution or a well-oiled machine."

On who has been the most consistent in the offense in his opinion…

"I'll say Chad (Jackson) has made some big plays. Chad, when everyone is out at practice you hear a lot of 'oooh's' and clapping for Chad, which is great, but what we have to do is get him to be a great fundamental wide receiver. His potential is unbelievable, and I've never been around a receiver with his potential. Now we have to get his ability up to his potential because he has so much athletic talent."

On who has surprised…

"Coming here there's so much talent and there's guys that have really worked. I look at a Dallas Baker, a guy who has gotten so much better from day one till now on fundamentals and he's really worked hard at it. DeShawn Wynn, who hasn't had a lot of success here in his career in the past, has worked hard with a positive attitude. The offensive line has come along. Jim Tartt on the offensive line has stepped up. He was hurt last year as a true freshman and he's still in his freshman year of college and he's starting at right guard for us.

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Jemalle Cornelius took a few moments after Wednesday's practice to talk about the Orange and Blue Debut on Saturday. Here are his thoughts:

"To me it's about having fun and going out and showing the fans what we've been doing because I know a lot of fans can't make it out to practice. We want to go out and bring it to them so this is our opportunity to come out and see what we've been working on. Everybody is going to have fun, and usually when you're having fun, it's easier to go out and make plays."

On the large crowd expected…

"It doesn't surprise me at all. When you got a coach like Coach Meyer coming in everybody is impressed with him and he's handled the situation great. People like to be around greatness so they're going to come in and witness that first hand."


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