April 2, 2010

Relf's rise to the top

Chris Relf has been at Mississippi State since the fall of 2007.

But for the first time the rising junior enters spring practice as the top quarterback on the Bulldogs depth chart.

"I've been looking forward to this," Relf said. "As a little boy, I've always wanted to play in the SEC. My dad told me that if I work hard I could make it. That's the main thing I'm trying to do out here is to give 100-percent on and off the field."

The 6-foot-3, 240-pounder is in a battle with redshirt freshman Tyler Russell for the starting job. He is hoping to use the spring to hone his skills in the passing game and learn the accelerated playbook Dan Mullen is installing.

"Spring is going good, we're just out here trying to work on the little things," Relf said. "I think the main thing I need to work on is passing so that's what I'm trying to do out here. Spring is always a learning experience for me. You can never stop learning at quarterback. I just try to come out here and learn every day."

Relf appeared in 10 games last season rushing for 500 yards on 76 carries and two touchdowns. He also completed 22-of-41 passing for 283 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions.

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