November 20, 2009

Slay still intends on being a Bulldog

Dan Mullen's first recruiting class was all about signing speed so naturally Darius Slay fit right in.

Unfortunately for Mississippi State the Brunswick, Ga., native with 4.37 speed failed to qualify academically and enrolled at Itawamba Community College in Fulton, Miss. But after his first season in the JUCO ranks, the plan remains the same for Slay.

"My first season went good," Slay said. "I made first team, All-State at cornerback and second team, All-State as a returner. I'm just here to do a job so I just do my job so I can get to Mississippi State. It hasn't really affected much of nothing. I came here for one thing."

In fact Slay showed off his speed on the first play of the season returning the opening kickoff 90 yards for a touchdown for the Indians but was unfortunately called back.

Slay finished his freshman campaign with 41 tackles, three interceptions, five pass deflections and a state best 24 yard kickoff return average.

"It wasn't that big of an adjustment," Slay said of his first season in college. "Everybody was a little bit faster but I'm fast so thing just leveled out a little bit."

Slay was at six-foot, 175-pounds when he signed with the Bulldogs in February but has added an inch and is now up to 193-pounds. The added weight has slowed his forty time down to 4.39.

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