Bulldogs believe tight end group can create mismatches
Mississippi State tight end Malcolm Johnson (6) has shown what he can do over the last couple of years with the football in his hands. (Photo by David Quinn, AP)
Mississippi State's Dan Mullen has been an offensive coach over the years that commits to finding a mismatch against the defenses he goes up against.
One of the areas on offense where he believes an advantage can be gained is at tight end.
There are tight ends that are good blockers and others that can catch the football.
Mullen said there are Bulldogs at that position that can do both and create the mismatches he is looking to get.
"Everywhere we count on our offense and what we want to try to do is find mismatches, (and) where do we have advantage?" Mullen said at Monday's press conference. "Tight end is one of those guys. It's a mismatch type of position (of) who are you trying to cover the tight end? If it's a skilled guy, are we going to win the physical battle with the tight end, or if it's a big guy, are we going to win the skill battle with the tight end?"
MSU has the type of players at that position that give Mullen the option of going physical or skilled.
In senior Malcolm Johnson, the Bulldogs have a tight end that can catch the football and has done it over the last three years.
Johnson made 11 receptions as a freshman at MSU for 206 yards and three touchdowns, added 10 grabs for 171 yards and two scores as a sophomore and had 30 receptions for 391 yards and two touchdowns last season.
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