Head coach Dan Mullen appeared positive and upbeat as he spoke to the media Monday.

Mullen spoke highly of the No. 12 ranked LSU team Mississippi State University football will face this coming Saturday. Approaching the SEC home opener Mullen said there is an obvious uptick in the enthusiasm in the locker room and with the coaches.

Mullen commented on the defensive preparation as they face another completely different offense from their prior two games (CSU used a Wishbone/option, La Tech used an up tempo offense).

Mullen said LSU's offense uses the run to set up the pass due to their extremely talented running backs. In addition, Mullen hopes to see more consistent quarterback play from Nick Fitzgerald, who struggled to find a rhythm in the first quarter of the LA Tech game.

Darryl Williams is healthy and returning to offensive guard for the LSU game. However, junior wide receiver Malik Dear return is still questionable as he has yet to complete a full practice after tearing his ACL in the spring. If he plays against LSU, it will be in a limited role.

In addition, Mullen hopes to use safety Jonathan Abram more in this game as he gets healthier week to week.

Junior LSU linebacker Arden Key was cleared to play against MSU this weekend. Mullen praised the linebacker for his fast, physical and versatile style of play. He noted Key is the type of player who has the ability to make plays even if he is schematically accounted for.

“We expect a great home crowd and the great home-field advantage you usually get during SEC games," Mullen said. "It’ll be a great environment and an exciting time. We’re fired up."

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