Mullen Says No Runner Has "Jumped Out or Fallen Behind"

This seems an ideal opportunity and situation. Five weeks into the season and Mississippi State's running back group has yet to produce expected results. But even with a couple of non-conference home games ahead, Coach Dan Mullen won't come out and say he is shaking-up the order. Not yet anyway.

"We just keep rolling the guys through," Mullen said. "I don’t know if one has jumped out or has fallen behind. We’re going to keep playing them." Then, he added, "I like to play the young guys and keep giving them reps so the comfort level will increase moving forward.”

Those young guys would be redshirt freshmen Dontavian Lee and Aeris Williams. Both have played second-rotation behind juniors Ashton Shumpert and Brandon Holloway, though more on their lack of live experience in the full offense than any lack of ability. Now with home games against Troy and Louisiana Tech, those young guys ought to get more comfortable.

And, hopefully, make the coach more comfortable with giving them larger roles?


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