Texas A&M presents several challenges to the visiting Mississippi State Bulldogs this Saturday. Kyle Field is one of the loudest stadiums in the country, and the Aggies are the first pass-heavy team the Bulldogs will face this year.
Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen spoke about the latter issue during Wednesday’s SEC teleconference.
“We are going to have to do a good job of putting pressure on the quarterback and containing him as well, keeping him in the pocket because he is a pretty athletic runner and can make things happen once he breaks contain,” Mullen said.
Sophomore Kyle Allen has taken a majority of the snaps at quarterback for Texas A&M this season. Last week, he was 21-of-28 for 358 yards and two touchdowns in the overtime victory over Arkansas. The week prior, Allen rushed for 55 yards and a score against Nevada.
Mullen also said his team is focused on slowing down the Texas A&M receivers.
“They have guys who can beat you on their routes, beat you deep down the field or catch it underneath and make things happen with the ball in their hands,” Mullen said.
Aggies freshman receiver Christian Kirk has 442 receiving yards, averaging 18.4 yards per reception, and four touchdowns. He also leads the power five conferences with 275 yards after catch.