Mississippi State University’s (3-2, 1-2 SEC) head football coach Dan Mullen spoke to the media Monday. Mullen highlighted the benefits of last week's bye week and previewed Saturday’s game against BYU.

Mullen said the bye week allowed the players and coaching staff a chance to rest and refocus after two tough losses on the road. The Bulldogs utilized these extra practices to review fundamentals and hone their craft.

“We have the opportunity to get back to some of the basics and work on some of the small stuff,” Mullen said.

Mullen also said the bye week allowed players to heal from injuries. He expects wide receiver Gabe Myles and linebacker Traver Jung to return to the field Saturday. However, defensive lineman Cory Thomas and offensive tackle Martinas Rankin were still questionable heading into practice this week.

In the same vein, Mullen said wide receiver Malik Dear is struggling to fully recover from his ACL tear and will most likely be red shirted this season.

Mullen said BYU (1-5) will be a tough match despite their losing record. Mullen was complimentary of the BYU defense and veteran leaders on the team, including junior quarterback Tanner Mangum.

BYU defeated the Bulldogs last season in double overtime 28-21.

“Hopefully we have a great turn out for the game and an electric atmosphere and great home field advantage,” Mullen said.

The game will take place at Davis Wade Stadium and is set for an 11 a.m. kickoff. The SEC Network will broadcast the game.

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