Jiles Back in Action

After spending 2014 as an observer, Cedric Jiles is thrilled to be back on Mississippi State practice field. During the 2012 season, the Clinton High standout saw action as a true freshman before injuring a hand that sidelined him for the rest of the campaign. In 2013 Jiles, saw action even starting a couple of games, but a hamstring injury relegated the talented Jiles to sidelines a season ago.

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"I feel good," Jiles said with a smile. "I get a little sore after the longer runs, but I am bouncing back. If I had to put a number on it, I would say I am about 95%."

Jiles has missed playing time in two of his three seasons due to unrelated ailments. The time away from live action helped the talented junior develop a new appreciation for the game.

"It was very frustrating, but it taught me to be mentally tough and not just physically tough," Jiles said. "The mental part of my game is a lot stronger now. It's really a great motivator for me. I am ready to attack this year."

Being able to see the game from the sidelines as well as the film room aided Jiles in his quest to learn the nuances of his position as well as see things from a different vantage point.

"I feel really prepared for the season," Jiles said. "I have great coaches coaching me like Coach (DeShea) Townsend and Coach (Dan) Mullen. They stay on me and they keep working me hard. Coach (Rick) Court has been getting me ready. I feel great. I am just ready for this year.

"When I first got back out here, I felt like my jam technique was a little rusty at first. Everything is going smooth out there now. I thought it was going to be harder to come back, but everything just came back to me."

With the Bulldogs expecting to start two seniors at corner this year with Taveze Calhoun and Will Redmond, Jiles is working to get into the rotation and find a spot on the two deep for the 2015 season.

"I have been in the program for a few years now, so they expect me to be a leader," Jiles said. "I am not really a rah rah guy, so I just try to lead by example and help everybody get better."

Now rounding back in to good health, Jiles believes he is ready to sharpen the saw and get to work helping his team win some ball games this year.

"I just have to thank God for everything," Jiles said. "It was a strong season for us last year, but it was hard for me to watch knowing that I couldn't get out there and be a part of it. That was a real challenge for me, but it feels great to be back out here with my teammates again.

"I learned a lot of life's lessons last year. I learned that life is not always going to be easy for me. I know life is going to be tough at times and even when you don't think life is being fair, you have to get up and go handle your business like a man."

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