The success of Dak Prescott and Nick Fitzgerald so far at Mississippi State has given head coach Dan Mullen a bit of a quarterback guru label.
While Prescott has certainly gone on to perform well in the NFL this season, a report surfaced on Wednesday from Sports Illustrated’s Peter King who named him as a potential favorite to land an NFL position. This, combined with a rumor from earlier this month that he was a candidate at Oregon have some wondering if Mullen wants out of Starkville.
Mullen spoke with ESPN’s Laura Rutledge on Thursday to address the rumors:
“That’s a first,” Mullen said of the NFL report. “Usually this time of year my name gets mentioned with a lot of different jobs and I’m still always here in Starkville because I love being the coach here. Kids were born here, love raising a family here but that’s a first for me. It’s a great honor. I don’t know if that’s in my future but I think anybody involved in football whether you’re a player or a coach, one day at some point in your career you would love to have the opportunity to go to the NFL and either play or coach or be involved in football at the absolutely highest level in the game, which the NFL is. But that’s a first for me, but as everybody expects I’ll be right here in Starkville again next year as I have been over the past eight years and hopefully building us into a championship team.”
While it sounds like he’s going to stay put for now, it seems as if Mullen also left the door open for potential future NFL suitors if they were to come calling.