Lee Prepared For Live Action

As high school senior, Dontavian Lee led FCAHS to a state championship. As a true freshman a season ago, Lee only saw the field on the scout team and in bowl practices. This fall, Lee looks to be a real factor as the Bulldogs look to ground and pound by committee. With a few strong spring practice sessions under his belt, Lee appears to be ready to hit someone other than Bulldog teammates.

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Knowing that a redshirt was part of things in 2014, Lee used that time to become more familiar with the Mississippi State offense and to round out his game as a running back. Those practice reps a campaign ago were hard to come by once the team entered game week preparations.

Now that Lee expects to carry the ball in live action this fall, his reps and responsibilities are growing.

"It's really sort of the same as last year, but it's more of a learning experience for me this year," Lee explained. "I have to learn all of the plays and all of the offense. I have to know what I have to do, how I have to do it and why I have to do it."

Lee reports that the redshirt year really taught him more about himself as a player and what he needed to do to prepare for future action.

"Last year, I learned a lot of things that I needed to work on," Lee explained. "I knew I had to get better at pass blocking and I had to learn the scheme of the offense."

Running back stable mate, Ashton Shumpert, is expected to be the game one starter this fall. Lee reports that Shumpert has begun to take on more of a leadership role this year.

"We're 'RBU' in there," Lee said. "We are all buddies in there, so if he sees something I'm not that good at like pass blocking, he will call me to the side and help me with that. We're all just working towards getting a 'W'."

Mississippi State signed a pair of talented young running backs as part of its' 2015 signing class in Nick Gibson and Alec Murphy. Lee knows the transition those newcomers will go through this fall, so he is more than willing to provide some guidance if needed.

"We all came in young and they're young," Lee said. "They don't know the scheme or the offense, so it's a big learning experience."

With a year under his belt as an understudy, Lee reports that he is ready to put his talents to the test this season.

"I am very comfortable now," Lee said. "When I am on the field, it feels natural. That's what I'm up here for. I know that my teammates have my back if I drop a ball."

Lee reports that the biggest difference between high school and life in the SEC is "tempo, tempo, tempo". A year on an SEC practice field seems to have prepared him for what lies ahead.

"I had to learn how to pass block, read signals and understand defensive schemes," Lee said. "It's a family up here and I like the atmosphere here. Everybody is close, so I feel comfortable up here, all around."

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