Brown Drawing More Touches

Fred Brown has heard his number called a good bit in the past few games, especially in the second half. Brown's 31 yard grab on Mississippi State's first scoring drive against Arkansas was a huge play when the Bulldogs needed some juice. The previous week against Kentucky, Brown was target a half a dozen times and the sophomore did his part to keep drives alive with three important catches.

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The depth of the Mississippi State wide receiving corps has been evident this season. Eight Bulldog receivers have recorded receptions with six finding the end zone.

Needless to say the competition for reps is often stiff. Brown has worked his way into the rotation and appears to be participating in more snaps as the stretch run to a potential SEC Western Division title has begun.

"I feel like I have improved with my route running and blocking on the perimeter," said Brown. "You have to block to play here.

"I have been working every day with Dak (Prescott). Even when practice is over, I have been putting in some extra time with him running routes and just trying to get better every single day."

Brown believes his recent increase in productivity has come as a result of his own ability to get open and the fact that he is getting more opportunities on the field.

"We have to earn our reps in practice," explained Brown. "What you do in practice is what you're going to do in the game. We come back on Sundays and we run the film back from practice.

"Josh Robinson made a one handed catch in the last game. He did the same thing in practice before. What happens in practice is what happens later on the field."

As a senior in high school, Brown's Jim Hill team struggled to win games and to get him the football. Now that he's on the receiving end of the passes thrown from one of the top players in college football in Dak Prescott, Brown feels challenged to step up his game.

"Dak is a great quarterback running and throwing," said Brown. "He does a good job of getting us the ball. Whenever he throws it to me, I do my best go get it.

"He is always telling us to run our routes in practice just like we're playing a game. We work on all of our routes and our timing all of the time."

Brown believes that he is successfully making the adjustment from high school to the play of the SEC.

"This has been a great experience for me," said Brown. "I have matured and gotten better on and off of the field. I am just trying to work hard to get better and just help the team. I hope all of that will help me get somewhere."

Heading into this weekend's game against UT-Martin, Brown is eager to get back on the field and continue to refine his skill set.

"They run a lot of zero coverage and a lot of man to man on the outside," said Brown. "I feel like we should have a good day against them, if we just come out and execute.

"We are working on some different releases and some different routes and everything to get us open down the field.

"We know we still have some big games coming up, so we are just working on all of our technique to get better. We want to play our best football at the end of the year."

While fans and media alike are looking ahead to the Bulldogs' trip to Tuscaloosa next week, Brown reports that Mississippi State players and coaches are focused on the task at hand this Saturday.

"Tennessee-Martin is our opponent this week," said Brown. "We will focus on Alabama next week when we get ready to go play Alabama. Right now, we just want to focus on Tennessee-Martin. We can't be thinking about Alabama right now."

The games and rewards only get bigger from here for the Bulldogs. Brown reports that a season like this was what he hoped for when he elected to sign on with Mississippi State.

"I always wanted to come to Mississippi State," said Brown. "It was an instate decision for me between Mississippi State and Ole Miss. Coming to Mississippi State was the right decision for me. I feel at home here and I feel like I can be successful here.

"When I go home, everybody is patting me on the back and everybody wants something signed. It's a great feeling to be able to stay in state and end up being ranked #1 in the nation."

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