Myles Confident In Bulldog Pass Catchers

Starkville, Mississippi native Gabriel Myles will gladly tell you he is living his dream. The son of former Bulldog gridiron great, Eddie Myles, Gabe grew up in Starkville and led the hometown Yellowjackets to a state title. Now a redshirt sophomore, Myles is looking to contribute to the Mississippi State Bulldogs' historic run under Coach Dan Mullen.

With just two seasons on campus under his belt, Myles is already being looked to as one of the leaders in his personnel group. The personable Myles is trying to mentor the younger players who are just entering the Mississippi State program.

"Coach G (Billy Gonzales) kind of considers me an older guy now," Myles smiled. "Keith Mixon and Jonnas Spivey, those boys are learning the offense now and being able to be more confident in what they're doing. They're making plays."

The Bulldog receivers are a bit of a motley crew. With players of all shapes and sizes, the Bulldog pass catchers all bring a little something different to the huddle.

"There are a lot of different people," Myles said. "You have shorter guys on the outside now because they have speed and they're quick off the ball, quick off the line. You can't really press them.

"There is a lot of competition out there, because everybody brings their own different traits to the table. You may have speed outside and then have quickness on the inside. It keeps us all on our toes when we're working. We know that everybody is going to try to get on the field.

"At the same time, we all look at each other and we see their routes and how they run it. We just try to mix that into our things in ways of getting open."

Many of the freshman who have reported for duty this fall will likely redshirt in an effort to get bigger, faster and stronger. A veteran of a redshirt year, Myles, the former high school quarterback, used that time to learn not one, but two new positions.

"My first year, I played corner on the scout team," Myles said. "I saw what the receivers were doing a little bit, but then I got moved to quarterback to play Johnny Manziel. That opened up the fact that I can make plays against division one SEC ball players. That gave me a lot of confidence, so when I got moved back to offense it just made me more comfortable."

Running the scout team offense allowed Myles to get up to SEC speed and adjust the level of his own play as he acclimated to life as a college football player.

"You see the pace that everybody else is going at," Myles shared. "They're trying to make sure that they are game ready and you're trying to get game ready reps. It's all about being able to see what they're doing and then go out and compete."

The roster reinforcements appear to be making their presence felt in the final stages of fall camp. With a pair of scrimmages now under their belt, the wide receivers are getting a real sense of themselves as a unit.

"I saw a lot of young guys come through and making plays," Myles shared. "As a receiving corps, we should we had some life out there. There is always room for improvement and I believe we can do a bit better at being more explosive and being more consistent."

The Bulldog secondary has worked hard to compete at a much higher level this season. Myles reports that their efforts are paying off.

"I see a lot of energy out there," Myles said. "Brandon Bryant is out there flying around. Jamal Peters is looking good out there too. They have a lot of young guys that are playing in that backfield that are going to be pretty good.

"One of the corners that sticks out to me is Maurice Smitherman. He looks great out there and he is confident in what he is doing. I think they're going to help us in the long run."

The Bulldogs added a pair of big safeties this past signing class, Mark McLaurin and Jamal Peters. The tandem have shown some solid play in the early days of their Bulldog careers.

"McLaurin knows what he is doing and he's learning how to use his body and size," Myles said. "I think that's going to be a real good asset if he ends up on the scout team or playing. I think he's going to be a real good asset to the team."

Two a day practices can get the best of anyone especially college football rookies. Myles reports that the demands of camp are a lot to deal with, but once school starts the newcomers can find a regular routine.

"Camp is sort of a different story," Myles said. "You sort of wonder if this is for me. At the same time, you learn that you've been down and that you've made it this far. I feel like they gain confidence. They are still making it and still pushing. We all get down from time to time."

While fans want to talk about the newest additions, Myles is quick to offer praise to the Bulldogs senior wide out Joe Morrow who was there to mentor him as a young freshman.

"We want him to go out with a bang," Myles said of Morrow. "Whatever we do, we are going to do what we can. He's going to work hard and we're going to hold each other accountable. We're going to be sure we're on time for meeting and that we work hard in practice."

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