O-Lineman Quentin Saulsberry Talks Scrimmage

Less than 48 hours after being mauled by the Mississippi State defense the offense did some mauling of their own against that very same defense. And Mississippi State senior offensive lineman Quentin Saulsberry was't exactly surprised with the mauling during the Saturday scrimmage.

"We (the offense) had to prove some things to ourselves," said Quentin Saulsberry, and did they ever with 83 total points during the 150-play scrimmage. "We have been watching film and correcting things. So, we decided to come out today and do the little things right. We do the little things right, that's when you see those five-yard gains become twenty-yard gains and the twenty-yard gains become touchdowns."

They showed the defense and the fans in the stands what was ahead with a 65-yard touchdown bomb from quarterback Chris Relf to wide receiver Chad Bumphis on the first play of the scrimmage.

"It got us going but we knew we had to play like we were down throughout the entire scrimmage," said Saulsberry. "That's what you have to do in games as well. You can't just be satisfied with one play. You have to continue to get better. (Defensive coordinator and defensive line) Coach (Chris) Wilson always tells us, 'losers think about losing, winners think about winning,' And what champions do is try to get better everyday. We try to use that (to motivate us)."

Head coach Dan Mullen felt the quarterbacks had a really great day throwing the ball and making the right reads during the scrimmage, but it always starts with the big men up front, the offensive linemen. Saulsberry was impressed with that unit.

"We did very well (Saturday)," he said. "We went back and watched film and saw some things that we knew we had to correct as far as fundamentals. (Offensive line) Coach (John) Hevesy told us what we had to do and that we had to step up."

One specific fundamental that needed working on was the center snapping the ball in the shotgun. After having a lot of trouble doing that during earlier practices this week, redshirt freshman center Dillon Day handled it really well during the scrimmage.

"Dillon Day did a real good job today," said Saulsberry. "Everybody goes through that phase where they hit that wall. I've been through it myself. And sometimes I still go through it. Sometimes you have to have somebody there to help lift you up over that wall so you can see things. And sometimes you have to go up and do it yourself."

Speaking of doing it yourself, Saulsberry, one of two fifth-year seniors on the offensive unit, considers himself a leader on the team but hopes there will be many more right there with him.

"I've trying to be a leader but I think everybody should be a leader," said Saulsberry. "The more leaders we have, the more games we can win. And Coach Hevesy always tells us there is a standard that we have to set. The guys that were here last year, Derek Sherrod and J.C. Brignone, set a standard. We can't lower that standard. If anything, we have to set that standard higher."

Mississippi State's next practice is Tuesday afternoon.

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