August 12, 2010

Relf ready for his chance

The strides Chris Relf has made since the 2009 season ended would be hard to measure.

The junior Mississippi State quarterback has improved nearly every aspect of his game and enters this year more confident than ever as the starter for the first time.

"It's a lot different," Relf said. "I've got a great grasp of the offense. I think I was young my freshman year and didn't understand what to do on and off the field. I've just been working on my throwing and trying to be confident in everything that I do. I just go out there and give it 100-percent in the weight room and on the field. I'm just trying to do all the little things."

Relf emerged from spring practice as the top signal caller on the depth chart and spent his summer getting more familiar with the Bulldog wide receivers even more which only added to his confidence.

"I'm very comfortable," Relf said. "I've worked with the wide receivers three times a week during the summer working on my timing. I did a lot of throwing in the offseason and I think I'm going to be ready this year."

The 6-foot-4, 240-pounder split time with Tyson Lee behind center in 10 games last season. Relf completed 22-of-41 passing for 283 yards, five touchdowns and three interceptions. He also carried 76 times for 500 yards and two more scores.

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