Defensive End Looking To Build On Last Year's

While many fans looked for freshmen names like Quay Evans and Nick James on the back of Mississippi State uniforms last season, one freshman name showed up so much that it had many going back to research the high school highlight tapes. Ryan Brown discusses his path to playing time early on in his Bulldog career.

Ryan Brown, out of Archbishop Shaw High School (LA), came to Starkville with a knack for getting separation form offensive linemen and getting to the quarterback.

Obviously, the coaches noticed the work ethic and progress in Brown that caused them to allow him to contribute to the 2012 season.

"It was truly a blessing to me. (Former defensive line) Coach (Chris Wilson) told me as long as I work hard and trust in God, then he would give me a chance to play," said Brown. "Actually, Coach (Wilson) was giving me that hint all the time by saying, if you work hard, good thing will happen to you."

The patience and effort by Brown paid off as he stepped on the field against Jackson State.

"Every week I continued to move up, continued to work, and he gave me a chance," Brown said.

With last season behind him, Brown must now adjust to a new man at the reins of the defensive line, Coach David Turner.

"He's a great coach, easy to talk to, and that's what you look for in a coach. He's a good guy; it's going well so far," Brown said.

In addition to Brown playing for the first time as a Bulldog, junior college standout Denico Autry was also a first timer on the field last season. Likewise, Brown sees something unique in Autry going into this season.

"I see a whole different work ethic in Denico (Autry)," Brown stated. "He's more focused, and he's taking more of a leadership role this year. So I expect great things this year from him."

As for his personal performance, Brown looks to use last season as a building block to success as a Bulldog.

"It's a blessing to have that experience. I just want to build on it and not move back," said Brown. "I want to continue to grow and just make more plays."

Carew Ferguson is a feature writer for the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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