December 16, 2008

Swedenburg pleased with MSU hire

Already signed to a scholarship last February, greyshirt punter Baker Swedenburg anxiously awaited the announcement for the next Mississippi State coach.

The former two-star commitment was a part-time student in Starkville this past semester and was at home studying for finals when he found of that Dan Mullen had been hired as the next Bulldog head coach.

"I was pretty excited about it because I had heard rumors and everything," Swedenburg said. "I looked him up and was really excited about it. I went to the pep rally when he first came and met him. That made me like him even more. I just can't wait to get to play under him as a player."

The 6-foot-0, 170-pounder from Columbus, Miss., believes Mullen is coming into a good situation with the amount of talent already on the roster and the class former head coach Sylvester Croom had committed for 2009.

"He is inheriting a better situation than what Coach (Sylvester) Croom had," Swedenburg said. "I think he knows that he can really capitalize on what Coach Croom has built. I think because of Coach Croom, it makes Coach Mullen's job a whole lot easier. I think (his hire) has definitely raised the expectations just because he is offensive minded and he got (Mark Hudspeth) from North Alabama. I think we will be real creative on offense next year."

Swedenburg mentioned that the 12 days leading up to Mullen's hire was a difficult situation to be in not knowing who his head coach would be for the next four years.

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