For a player that has seen adversity at it's worst — from living through hurricane Katrina in 2005 to heart surgery that had potential to end his football career in 2008 — AState wide receiver Allen Muse remains as hungry as ever to be the best he can be this year.
"I'm just trying to get better every day, you know," Muse said. "I come out here every day and just try to be the best that I can be. I want to be the best receiver in the conference."
After the break-out 2010 season he had, Muse is well on his way to being the best. Last year he was named to the CollegeFootballNews.com Sophomore All-America Team, and received All-Sun Belt Conference Honorable Mention.
Heading into the 2011 season, Muse is on the verge of breaking into the record books in a couple of different receiving categories at Arkansas State. He's only 36 receptions and three touchdowns short of ranking among the top 10 players in school history in both categories.
Coach Hugh Freeze attested to Muse's hard work ethic and the impact he has on his team.
"Muse is actually faster this year. Muse is very solid, awesome kid to be around. We depend on him heavily," Freeze said.
A year ago, Muse recorded 635 receiving yards in 12 games, averaging 15.1 yards per catch and 52.9 yards per game, ranking second among the team's wide receivers. He also ranked fourth on the team in all purpose yards in 2010.
With Coach Freeze being a new offensive coordinator a year ago, there was a period of time that the offense had to get acclimated to running a new offense last year. Now, in his second season on ASU's staff and first as head coach, Freeze's offense is much more polished by this Arkansas State team. Allen Muse said not having to learn a new offense this year is making the summer go a lot easier.
"It's our second year [with Freeze] so it's not like we're coming out here and learning something completely new. Everything is going really smooth this summer," Muse said.
Muse, a player that strives not only to be the best he can be but to encourage his teammates to be the best as well, has a positive outlook on this season.
"Overall we've been doing very well, I think the whole team is coming together," Muse said. "We have our days, but you know as long as we come out here every day and pick something we want to get better at, and get better at it that exact day, we'll be fine."
...words that seem to echo a common phrase out of the mouth of Coach Freeze, "Win the day."
And while he's a team player striving to do whatever he can to help his team win, Muse made it clear that he's got some goals of his own as well.
"I just want to win. But I want to be the best too. I want a ring, and while I'm getting that ring I want to be the best."
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