August 22, 2012

Wide receiver preview

Things have certainly changed concerning the wide receiver position at Mississippi State over the past few days.

Wide receivers coach Angelo Mirando resigned late Sunday due to personal reasons leaving the Bulldogs without a position coach there for the time being. But with four senior wideouts heading up that group things are not in dire straights with 10 days remaining before kickoff.

Before his resignation, Mirando discussed how the receivers have fared during fall camp. He was especially proud of the leadership shown by seniors Chad Bumphis, Brandon Heavens, Chris Smith and Arceto Clark.

"The best thing about that is those guys know what to expect out of the coaching staff and out of practice," Mirando said. "I think they are doing a good job of holding the younger kids accountable."

Those four players combined for 100 catches, 1,225 yards and 10 touchdowns. Smith led the team with 35 catches for 330 yards and two scores while Clark was the most productive with 442 yards and on 30 grabs and four touchdowns.

Mirando expects that unit of seniors to be even more productive this fall.

"I think all of the older guys know that this is their last chance," Mirando said. "It's their last year playing and they have to make the most out of it. They want to help make this team successful. They worked extremely hard this spring and it carried over into the summer and they've had a good fall camp."

Not only will MSU be breaking in a new full time quarterback in Tyler Russell and are expected to sling the ball around more this year but the receivers be a bit different as well. Last year the Bulldogs sent only three scholarship wideouts onto the field over six-foot tall.

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