October 20, 2013

Dillon Day Ready for Second-Half of the Schedule

It's officially game week in Starkville. In fact, it's been game week for a couple of days now. While other teams are resting from their Saturday ball games, the Bulldogs are back on the practice field for their "Wednesday" practice. Yes, that's right, a regular Sunday is a Wednesday to Dan Mullen and his squad this week with the Bulldogs getting ready for a matchup against Kentucky on Thursday.

The ESPN broadcast as the country's only ball game on national television puts the Bulldogs in the spotlight. With the spotlight squarely on Starkville and MSU, things have to be much cleaner for the maroon and white this week than in weeks past where the Bulldogs struggled at times and finished the first half of the schedule 3-3.

Center Dillon Day is a player taking initiative on the front line. The recent birthday boy is a year older and a year wiser and has gone from student to teacher for most of the offensive line. He's looking to get things corrected for the better part of the next half of the schedule.

"I think they made a huge impact. Every game gets you going; it's not practice or anything," Day said of the first six games. "Everyone's stepping up and we played six great opponents too. Everyone will contribute to the next six games."

Day has remained relatively healthy up front and has played through what pain he has encountered. For the rest of the line, luck has not been much in their favor. Day has seen his starting left tackle, Blaine Clausell, get banged up and replaced in the last ball game. He's also seen his partner to the right, Justin Malone, go down for the season with an injury and replaced at right guard by former walk on Ben Beckwith who has endured an injury of his own.

"It's a part of football. People go down and things happen but we've been working through it," Day said of his teammates' injuries. "It's not anything bad just a thing we've had to work through. It's not a big deal."

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