Tiano Eager for Return Visit

Quarterback Nick Tiano knew that his team had several spots to fill after last season's senior departed the program. Now thrust into the leadership role, Tiano has worked alongside his teammates to get the squad up to speed as the 2014 season opener approaches. The three star signall caller reports that he relishes the chance to be "the guy".

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"We don't have any receivers back from last year and we have one tight end back that has some experience, so we have a lot of guys out there learning for the first time," explained Tiano.

"Some of these guys were playing middle school football last year.

"They are used to running the football and then throwing it every once in a while.

"It's my job to help them understand how things are different in high school and to help them get ready for the season.

"I like having that role and it's something I enjoy doing.

"I want to be the kind of leader the other guys look to when we need to go make a play."

This past weekend, Tiano and his teammates made a run towards a possible championship during a 7-on-7 competition.

"We played seven games on Saturday," said Tiano. "We don't have a lot of depth, so a lot of our guys were tired after the fourth one.

"We came back on Sunday and we won three in a row and made it to the championship game.

"We got up 19-2 and then we took the starters out and they came back.

"We got back in the game and then dropped a touchdown pass in the end zone with no time left that would have won the game."

This weekend, Tiano will be throwing passes to his future college teammates rather than his high school peers during Mississippi State's Big Dawg camp.

"Our coach is giving us Friday off, so we're leaving Friday morning to get down and see everything and go to the bookstore," said Tiano. "I have to leave that night and get back home, because our team plays on Saturday.

"I have talked with some of the guys like Farrod (Green) and Kentavious (Thomas) on twitter and by text, so I am looking forward to meeting them," said Tiano. "We're going to be doing some recruiting too.

"I am excited about getting there and working out with the other guys and just having the chance to compete and play football together.

"It should be fun."

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