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Favre admits mistake: MSU redshirt freshman quarterback regrets tweet

September 18, 2011

MSU redshirt freshman quarterback Dylan Favre acknowledged his mistake after sending out a message on twitter Thursday night about lack of playing time. (Photo by Kim Murrell, SDN)

After Mississippi State lost its second game of the season, all the attention seemed to turn to third string quarterback Dylan Favre, who tweeted out of frustration Thursday night.
Favre, who has been getting playing time on the punt return team, tweeted ""Is an opportunity too much 2 ask for?" after the Bulldogs 19-6 loss to LSU where quarterback's Chris Relf and Tyler Russell both took snaps.
MSU head coach Dan Mullen found out about the tweet from Favre which prefers that from hearing it from the somewhere else.
"He called me right afterwards and said coach I messed up," said Mullen. "He was frustrated and he expressed his frustration in the wrong way by doing it publicly and he knows that."
Mullen didn't seem to be upset with Favre for his tweet. and even said that he preferred it over what it could have been.
"I certainly prefer that tweet over 'I'm happy standing on the sidelines,'" said Mullen. "I want guys, who want to be out there on the field. Dylan is fiery and asked to be on the kickoff coverage team this week."
Favre is sure to get some playing time on special teams again this week, but as far as him getting in at quarterback could be hard for the Bulldogs to do.
"We're not forced to put him in at quarterback because we have two experienced guys at quarterback," said Mullen. "If the opportunity presents itself to get him some snaps at quarterback, we will certainly get him on the field to get him that experience."
Mullen's main goal for the redshirt freshman is to get him some game experience.
"I want to get him on the field, just to get him used to being on the field," said Mullen. "If I have to increase his role on special teams, I'll do that."
Another issue that has popped up around the quarterbacks is if there is a controversy or competition for the starting position. During Sunday's teleconference, Mullen ended whatever wonder was out there.
"Chris Relf is our starter," said Mullen. "I have a lot of confidence in him and he played decent."
The reason behind Mullen pulling Relf in the loss to LSU was just to change things up.
"We were very stagnant on offense," said Mullen. "We were looking for anything to give us a spark."
As of right now, there are no plans to mix Russell into the game plan any more than normal, but if the Bulldogs ever need a "spark," it appears he might be the go to guy again.
The quarterbacks may be where a lot of the focus is, but State's offensive line seems to be where the point of concern should be as they have been plagued with injuries.
Left tackle James Carmon sat out against LSU due to a knee injury he suffered at Auburn, but he is expected to be ready to return this week according to Mullen. One offensive lineman who won't be returning this week, or any week this season for that matter, is Tobias Smith, who suffered an ACL tear during the first quarter on Thursday night.
"It's devastating," said Mullen. "He's works very very hard and the injuries that he's had are one's that you can't control."
Smith has had his share of injuries since arriving at MSU, but Mullen says his injuries are "unavoidable" because they are "structural" injuries.
"I feel terrible for him," said Mullen. "I know how hard he's worked, how much he means to this team, not just as a player but as a leader, so it's a devastating loss to us."
With the offensive line banged up and the running game nonexistent against LSU (52 yards), Mullen wants to get his receivers more involved.
"I want to get the ball in their hands a little bit more," said Mullen. "A lot of times, the defense dictates who gets the ball in the passing game, but I would like to see more touches out of our receiver playmakers."

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