3. LaDarius Perkins:
Perkins has huge shoes to fill, as his predecessor Vick Ballard was perhaps the most successful Bulldog last season statistically as he is now a member of the Indianapolis Colts of the NFL. Ballard had a 6.2 yards per rush average last season while going over 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns while also grabbing 20 passes for one touchdown. Perkins saw decent time last season but will now be shifted into a much more prominent role as the featured back. Perkins had over 80 carries for a little over 400 yards rushing and a pair of scores in 2011 and if he wants to, like his counterpart, play in the NFL look for him to bust those numbers wide open this year.
2. Corey Broomfield:
At 5 foot 9, 154 pounds Corey Broomfield is one of the smallest players in the SEC; which is a division that houses some of the biggest college football players in the entire nation. However, with 4.5 speed Broomfield is quickly becoming one of the SEC’s most daunted defenders. Last season he had 59 tackles, including 5 for loss and one sack but furthermore he has been one of the gems on a Mississippi State team that has otherwise been not that impressive the past few seasons. In fact, he even intercepted Arkansas QB (and now New England Patriots back-up) Ryan Mallet twice in the same, displaying that he does not shy away from anyone. This fearless attitude will likely find Bloomfield in the NFL Draft next season, as he is no doubt the premiere defender on this Mississippi State Bulldogs defense.
1. Gabe Jackson:
It is not the easiest thing to do to name an offensive guard the most important and exciting player to watch, however when you have skills like Gabe Jackson it is equally hard to ignore. Sure, the number one spot could have gone to the traditional easy choice at QB, however seeing as though the Bulldogs are still searching for their main starter we will go with the teams outright best player. He has started 26 games in his career for Mississippi State and anchored an offensive line that featured, statistically, one of the nations best runners in Vick Ballard who as previously stated averaged over 6 yards per carry in perhaps the toughest division in the entire FBS. Jackson will most likely be on whichever side of the line new running back LaDarius Perkins wants to run through seeing as Jackson is notorious for blasting open big running lanes due to his outstanding speed pulling and his explosive strength. There is no doubt that Gabe Jackson will be a guy we all see playing on Sundays in the near future.
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