December 23, 2008

Shumpert speaks out on MSU hire

Unlike most of the offensive players Mississippi State had committed, William Shumpert was uneasy about the hiring of Dan Mullen as head coach.

Mullen promised to bring in the spread offense to Starkville leaving the three-star fullback's role in question.

But Mullen was able to ease Shumpert's mind when the two talked over the phone and the new head coach informed him of his plans.

"He said that we were going to run the fullback in our offense," Shumpert said. "But we are also going to run a lot of spread. It made me feel more at ease when I heard that. He also told me that two of his fullbacks went pro. That definitely made me feel good then."

Shumpert approved of Mullen's hire right from the start even though he had reservations initially about how we would be used in the offense. He said his credentials with Florida raised his expectations level.

"I liked it because he is a really good coach," Shumpert said. "He has done a lot of great things with Florida. I am hoping he can come to Mississippi State and do the same thing."

The 6-foot-0, 238-pounder committed to the Bulldogs and to former head coach Sylvester Croom in mid-July. While he had no intentions of going elsewhere, he admitted not having a head coach in place for 12 days was nerve-wracking.

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