"Their bodies have transformed, especially (freshman defensive tackle) Quay (Evans) and Denico (Autry) because they were here (during the spring and summer)," said Wilson.
That improvement should be a warning signal to all twelve of the teams on the Mississippi State schedule this coming season because, as a juco All-American last season, Autry completely dominated all the opposing offenses he faced to the tune of 81 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, 11 sacks and a phenomenal 41 quarterback hurries. His play was a big factor in helping East Mississippi Community College win the junior college national championship last season.
Of course those sophomore stats were against junior college competition and he's about to face the best competition in college football, the SEC. But those numbers help you understand why he earned All-American honors and scholarship offers from powerhouse teams such as Alabama, Auburn, Florida, Florida State, Miami (FL), North Carolina, Southern Cal and Texas.
Autry hopes to bring the same type stats to Mississippi State this coming season.
"Fans will see a little excitement, see me bring a little extra to the game," said Autry. "I am going to try to get a couple of sacks in there."
When asked if those sacks will be per game or for the season, Autry, with a slight grin on his face, simply said, "we'll see."
"Josh Boyd and Kaleb Eulls have pretty much taken over the defensive line," he said. "They help get everybody going and have been team leaders."
Mississippi State fans get their first look at Denico Autry and company September 1st against Jackson State University.
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