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Mississippi State wide receiver Gabe Myles talks first Bulldog scores and the up coming trip to Auburn.

Mississippi State wide receiver Gabe Myles grew up dreaming Bulldog dreams. A Starkville native and the son of a former Mississippi State player, Myles know what Saturdays in Davis Wade Stadium are all about. With a pair of touchdowns this past Saturday, the trademark cowbells of the Maroon and White rang for Myles.

"To be able play at home was my dream from the get go," Myles explained. "I grew up watching Mississippi State football. This is the team that I have always wanted to be a part of. It's sort of a surreal feeling. I grew up watching it, to be actually do it, you just can't put it into words. "

Myles did not need to get to know Starkville or Mississippi State and the local fan base did not need anytime to really get to know him. The son of former Bulldog defensive back Eddie Myles, Gabe grew up part of the Bulldog family. 

"There is a lot of support from your high school and community of course," Myles said. "Being the hometown kid, the support is always there. There's just no place like home."

While it took a little over a year to break through, Myles found the end zone last Saturday not once, but twice. With that barrier now broken, Myles hopes his next trips to pay dirt come much quicker than his first.

"I really just wanted to get that touchdown monkey off of my back," Myles said. "As long as we were winning, I was fine. Hopefully, now I can be more of a producer on the team. I was always thinking don't fall here. Just get it into the end zone. A feel like a whole lot of pressure has been lifted. I feel like I can go out there and have a little more fun now.

"I have envisioned this so many times. I pictured it this way or that way. When it finally happened, it was just straight excitement. I don't even remember what all happened on the way back to the sideline, because I was just that excited."

After the game, Myles was able to relive the moment of scoring with his friends and family. Needless to say there were a lot of smiles to go around.

"They were happy, because I have been talking about that a whole lot," Myles said. "Everybody was happy for me. I think they may have even wanted it more for me. I am actually out here and actually getting this close. I feel like they wanted it as bad as I did.

"(My dad) was proud. He was happy that I finally got in there. He said now they are just going to start rolling in."

Myles waited his entire life to score his first Bulldog touchdown and just a few more minutes for his second score. The sophomore wide out is hopeful that he is able to add to his scoring haul with greater regularity.

"Hopefully, that's a good sign," Myles said "Just let the blessings come. I'll take them."

Any blessings that come this week will come at the expense of the Auburn Tigers, who are looking to bounce back from a tough game on the road at LSU last weekend. While some may be ready to leave the Tigers for dead, Myles expects a real fight from Auburn this weekend.

"They're Auburn," Myles said. "They're a good team. When you play on the road, you are always going to have some adversity. It's just going to be a different environment. We are going to come in there focused and play our ball, because as long as we stay together, we can fight anything."

The Bulldogs game plan has had to undergo a few alterations this week with news coming out of Auburn about a change at quarterback. Redshirt freshman Sean White will see his first college snaps this weekend when the Dogs and Tigers get together.

"They have a couple of new guys, so we're missing a little film on them," Myles said. "Other than that, we know a lot of their schemes and tendencies and what they like to do. They have two of their linebackers back from last year. I've played against them, so I have a feel of what they like to do. I think we'll be okay if we stick to our fundamentals and do what we have to do."

Last season, the Bulldogs knocked off Auburn in a nationally televised game that vaulted Mississippi State to #1 in the country. The immediate pay off will not be realized in the form of a top ranking, but the Bulldogs have to win this weekend to stay in the race for Atlanta.

Myles reports that he and the team are keeping a level head as they prepare for the first SEC road trip of the year.

"I guess it's about maturing as a player," Myles said. "I know what my mindset has to be going into a game. When Jameon (Lewis) was here, it was about being ready for your opportunity or being ready to go make play. Now it's more likely that I will play and you know what you have to do in a situation and you know you have to do it full speed. My film study is a lot better."

While Myles was able to achieve some personal milestones last weekend, last week is now part of Bulldog history. The team worked to clean up some areas of concern and Myles believes they fine-tuned some big things last Saturday. 

"I believe we did, especially for some of the young guys." Myles said. "They played a lot of young guys and I guess I'm included in those young guys. Now everybody knows how it feels to be out there on the field with a crowd that was loud. It was electric out there after scoring as much as we did. I think it's important to get out there and learn to play at our speed."

The Bulldogs will take on Auburn this Saturday nigth at 6:30. The game will be broadcast on ESPN2. The Tigers remain a slight favorite in the game, but the point spread has come down a great deal over the course of the last 24 hours.

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