August 9, 2011

Tuesday Dawg Biscuits

With MSU Media Day in the rearview mirror the Bulldogs begin two-a-day practices today from south farm. Go inside for the morning biscuits to get your day started off right.

Logan's first biscuit: Over the weekend I spoke with MSU redshirt freshman safety Asian Ruff. If you remember back during his recruitment he had early offers from MSU and Arkansas among others but never made a decision and eventually ended up signing with Itawamba Community College. Ruff told me that as soon as he signed with ICC he told his mother he felt he was better than a junior college player and immediately called MSU safeties coach Tony Hughes who offered a walk-on spot which he obviously took.

Second biscuit: We received a call from 2013 offensive guard Noland Sharpe from Destrehan, La. He attended Mississippi State camp this year and really enjoyed working with Coach John Hevesy. He was told he couldn't be offered at camp but was later after he returned home. LSU is the team to beat early, but he did enjoy his time in Starkville.

Bob's third biscuit: Some of you asked if I could get new linebacker Brandon Maye's thoughts on how MSU compares to Clemson. We tried, but didn't get much. He said the pace in practice is much faster, but said, "Oh man, I don't like to do the comparison thing. Both teams work hard." As a journalist, I'd love to hear about how one or the other is so much harder. But you have to respect him for his answer. We also asked him who he goes to for advice as he tries to move up the depth chart. He said it's the guy in front of him, Brandon Wilson, who he's apparently had a few cookouts with. Maye said collared greens are his specialty but that he can cook everything great and he learned it from his grandmother.

Bob's fourth biscuit: I've got a long story on MSU's secondary coming shortly, but I wanted to pass on a couple notes. Cornerbacks coach Melvin Smith, who was been around since the Jackie Sherrill days, said this could be the deepest secondary he's seen since the 1999 and 2000 seasons, even saying that this year's group has the potential to be even better. Johnthan Banks told me that not nearly enough people are talking about safety Nickoe Whitley, who been impressive in training camp, and that when people see Whitley this year they will say he looks like an NFL safety.

Fifth biscuit: We talked to Clinton, Miss., linebacker Herbert Harris. He said he had a great time at MSU camp and is playing his senior season to earn an offer. He said it would be great to join teammate Cedric Jiles in Starkville, but he was his own man and was going to play hard this year to impress a lot of teams.

Michael's gravy on top: Last week much was made about massive junior college defensive tackle transfer DeWayne Cherrington joining the MSU roster. The Bulldogs may not be done. They are likely still on the lookout for another defensive tackle in the same situation as Cherrington to bring in this fall.


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