Day was rated a two-star prospect out of high school by Scout.com. He chose Mississippi State over two other offers - Louisiana Tech and Louisiana Monroe. Those aren't the kind of things that lead you to believe he would end up on such a prestigious list as the Rimington Trophy Watch List, especially so early in his collegiate career.
But receiving the honor is probably not as surprising as you would think when you reflect on how well Day did last season. Playing in all thirteen games and starting nine, Day did well enough to be selected as an Honorable Mention Freshman All-American by Scout.com.
Day is honored to be named to such a prestigious list heading into his sophomore season.
"Man, it is an awesome award, and I'm honored to be nominated for it," said Day, who graded out a champion in four of his nine starts last season. "Now, I just want to go out and perform on the field."
Day didn't even know he had been included on the list until his parents called him.
"The first person who told me about it was my dad and mom," said Day. "They always keep up with those type things. My dad sent me a message and I was surprised. I didn't even think it was true at first. Then I went to their website and saw my name on the list."
Not one to rest on his laurels, Day is trying to become more proficient as a center, a position that he has only been playing for a couple of years.
"This year I'm trying to help more people out, not just do my job, but help other people out," said the youngster. "I want to know what the defense is doing before the others know."
Day and his teammates play Jackson State Saturday night with gametime set to begin at 6 pm.
Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.