April 30, 2013

Dale going in the right direction

Torrey Dale spent most of the spring taking reps with the second team defense at defensive end.

Although that is quite an accomplishment for the redshirt freshman who has yet to play a down, Dale still did what helped him reach that rank by observing the guys ahead of him and learning what makes them successful.

"The spring went good," Dale said. "It's really good to get a lot of reps and then also watch people like Denico Autry and Preston Smith who are really good at pass rushing. I learned a lot from the older guys because they have experience and I just redshirted. I like getting a chance to get reps and improve myself. I've got a chance to come out here and make a name for myself and do what I came here to do."

Dale, who has changed his last name from Bell since the recruiting process, signed with the Bulldogs as a three-star prospect in 2012 after a standout career at John Curtis (La.) Christian. He spent his first fall in Starkville acclimating himself to the rigors of the Southeastern Conference and also bulking up in the weight room.

"Getting the extra workouts will Coach (Matt) Balis will get you bigger, faster and stronger," Dale said. "I gained about 12-pounds my redshirt year so it really gets you ready to come out and play. I'm at 255 or 256 and I was 235 when I getting recruited."

During his senior season for John Curtis, the 6-foot-5 Dale racked up 72 tackles including 21 behind the line of scrimmage with 16 sacks and a safety. He earned first team, All-State honors helping lead the Patriots to a Class 2A State Championship.

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