Trayvon Mullen is hoping 2017 will be a big year for him, and so far through the first two weeks of fall camp, he is right where he wants to be.
Mullen is working with the first-team defense at both the boundary and field corner positions in camp. The sophomore has been filling in for senior Marcus Edmond, who has been nursing a groin injury over the last few practices, on the field side.
“I’m working with the ones,” said Mullen after Wednesday’s practice. “Me, Ryan Carter, K’von Wallace are all just out there competing. I know he’s more light to the field, up to the boundary, he kind of knows both as well so we will probably do that sometimes. K’von knows a lot, he knows both sides so he plays more boundary and he plays the dime, and nickel, and safety because he knows a lot.”
Mullen said both Carter and Wallace are sharing time at nickel and really look smooth considering they are playing three different positions.
“They both get a good amount,” he said. “They both compete. They both work hard. They are both two really hardworking guys. I’m saying that because they know a lot to be playing three different positions.”
Mullen also said he is excited about the talent that has come in this year especially with freshmen, A.J. Terrell and LeAnthony Williams.
“It helps us out a lot. We all talk to each other and tell each other all that we could get better at,” Mullen said. “Each and every play we share a comment of what you could’ve done and what you did well so it helps us out a lot.
“Maybe when we are tired or just need a play off, it’s like everybody goes off and we feel comfortable with them holding their ground.”
Mullen specifically talked about the length and physicality of Terrell and how he has been guiding Terrell and giving him advice through camp.
“I talk to him every day, but today I was telling him, ‘Last year I was kind of at an advantage coming in because I learned multiple things,’ so I was like, ‘Even though you are playing boundary, learn the field.’ When he came out today I was like, ‘Learn the field, learn what the field does. If you need help I will tell you. Learn the boundary as well. Ask Coach (Brent Venables) about the dime.’ Just knowing more can get you on the field faster and help you have an advantage over a lot of people, so I was just telling him to learn more than one position.”
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