It's July, which means it's basically football season, right? Well, we're certainly close. With that in mind, the BulldogBlitz.com Senior Spotlight continues today. Every day, until there are none left, we will profile one of Mississippi State's seniors entering their last year in Starkville.
No. 55 Quentin Saulsberry, center, 6-2, 305-pounds
How did he get here? Saulsberry arrived in Starkville from Independence High School in Coldwater, Miss., where he earned first team, All-State honors. He graded out at 93-percent as a senior with 24 pancake blocks and was selected to play in both the Alabama-Mississippi All-Star Classic and the Max Emfinger All-American Bowl Classic. The former three-star recruit was named the No. 37 offensive guard in the country in 2007 and the No. 15 prospect in the Magnolia State by Rivals.com. Saulsberry chose the Bulldogs over an offer from Memphis.
What did he do last year? Saulsberry started all 13 games for the Bulldogs in 2010 earning 11 starts at right guard and two at center. He graded out at 80-percent or higher eight times as a junior. Saulsberry has started every game of his MSU career since redshirting in 2007.
What does he need to do in 2011? Saulsberry just needs to continue doing what he's doing. Nobody on the State roster has more playing experience than Saulsberry who has made 37 consecutive starts. He is the unquestioned leader of the offensive line and the team's leader on and off the field.
Saulsberry has started at four of the five offensive line positions throughout his career and will be the top center this fall replacing J.C. Brignone.
Saulsberry understands what it takes to play at a high level in the Southeastern Conference and has bought in to what Dan Mullen is trying to do at Mississippi State. He works with younger players constantly to pass along his knowledge and keep the program moving in the right direction.
Coach's quote: John Hevesy, offensive line: "Quentin is a leader and his work ethic is so great. He doesn't say a lot but everyone knows how hard he works in the weight room and off the field. He is a good leader for this line."