August 28, 2010

Tight Ends Preview

With the depth numbers still not where Mississippi State wants to be at wide receiver and the number of underclassmen expected to contribute at that position it's a good thing the Bulldogs have plenty of reliable tight ends on the roster.

MSU has four upperclassmen lining up at tight end this season and should prove to be a viable option in both blocking and in the passing game this season.

"It's a good spot to be in," said tight ends coach Scott Sallach. "The only thing that I can't coach is experience, nobody can. You've either got it or you don't. Thankfully at my position I've got two seniors and two juniors which makes it a lot easier because you can focus on how to be successful instead of having a chance to be successful."

Bulldog tight ends hauled in 28 passes last season, 27 of which went to Marcus Green. The 6-foot-1, 235-pounder junior finished second on the team with 306 yards and three touchdowns in 2009 and has only improved his game in the offseason.

"Marcus Green has probably taken the biggest leap in that spot," Sallach said. "If opening day was today that's why he'd be the starter today because of the progress that he's made from spring until now."

The only other tight end to make a catch last season was junior Kendrick Cook. The 6-foot-3, 250-pounder had a 13-yard catch and has already played in 18 games before his 20th birthday.

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