April 10, 2013

Opportunity knocking for Brown

January 1st was the start of a new year for everyone.

But the following day after the Gator Bowl was the beginning for Mississippi State, especially at the wide receiver position. The Bulldogs graduated six wideouts and will be charged with the task of replacing their production this fall.

So far this spring, one receiver who seems to be making a push for playing time is redshirt freshman Fred Brown. The former three-star prospect is taking reps with both the first and second team offenses and is quickly becoming a go-to guy for MSU.

"It's a big opportunity," Brown said. "Six wide receivers left last year and it's about time for some receivers to step up. I think that I can step up and make some of the big plays that (the seniors) made last year."

Brown came from a run based offense at Jim Hill (Miss.) High School where he caught only 23 passes for 419 yards and five touchdowns as a senior. He admits adjusting to the more complex spread offense at the college level took some getting used to.

"Transferring in from high school and playing in the SEC for Mississippi State is a whole different ballgame," Brown said. "It's a different speed and you've got to catch on fast. The quarterbacks are much faster and the routes are much faster and you've got a lot more depth."

The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder spent last fall learning as a redshirt while also growing another inch and putting on 10-pounds.

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