Autry's actions on the field speak for him

Denico Autry, a junior college All-American, graduated early and went through spring practice for Mississippi State. Big things were already expected of him but with a spring's worth of practice and spring and summer workouts under his belt, even bigger things are expected.

So far, Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson has liked what he has seen from Autry. When asked about the defensive linemen newcomers, he talked about the transformation of their bodies, including Autry's.

"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."

Autry expects big things, not only from himself, but also from a couple of veterans on the Mississippi State defensive line - Josh Boyd and Kaleb Eulls.

"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.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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