November 19, 2008

Saulsberry learning on the go

Quentin Saulsberry was not in the Bulldogs coach's plans for right tackle this season.

The 6-foot-3, 286-pound redshirt freshman was forced into action after Derek Sherrod moved to left tackle following the suspension of Mike Brown. So there Saulsberry has been all season starting all 10 games for Mississippi State.

"I don't feel like I was forced," Saulsberry said. "Whenever every players signs that dotted like he has to be ready for anything. You have to be ready at all times no matter what the situation may be. It may be early or it may be later but I've always been told to wait your time. Last year taking a whole year, I really didn't understand. But now I see fully why you take that extra year. I'm thanking God for giving me that year to build up. I wish I had a little more time but that's SEC ball."

Saulsberry was expected to backup Sherrod at right tackle this season and readjust to the offensive side of the ball after practicing at defensive tackle most of his true freshman season. But he has seen improvement in his ability to anchor the right side.

"It's a whole lot different from high school ball," Saulsberry said. "But every week I'm seeing some things that I'm doing better. It maybe just a little thing but our coaches always say to focus on the little things. I see that I'm getting better on the little things every week."

The former Independence High School standout in Coldwater, Miss., admits that he does miss playing defense sometimes.

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