October 3, 2012

Eulls now a hometown football hero

Three years ago Kaleb Eulls was on every major news outlet in America after saving the lives of 22 students aboard a Yazoo County (Miss.) school bus from an armed passenger.

Eulls quickly became a young celebrity in the tiny town of Pickens, Miss. But these days when the sophomore defensive end travels home the topic that is on the locals minds is Mississippi State football.

"Back at home it's still the same way," Eulls said. "You will have some that talk about the bus thing but most of them want to talk about football when I go back home."

The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder has put his heroic past in the rear view mirror and has been concentrating on his task at hand in Starkville. After a redshirt season in 2010, Eulls has started all 17 games for the Bulldogs since making 35 tackles, four stops for loss, one sack and one pass breakup.

Eulls was the only freshman to start every game in the Southeastern Conference last season and was named to the Freshman All-SEC team following the season.

This year Eulls came into the fall knowing what to expect and that experience has helped him on the field. He has notched five tackles, a tackle for loss and a pass breakup during MSU's first four games.

"The season's been really great so far," Eulls said. "I feel like playing last year helped a lot for me to come in this year as the starter. I was able to start all those games and kind of knew what to expect."

Eulls is primarily a defensive end for the Bulldogs but has been known to slide inside to tackle in Chris Wilson's scheme.

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