Rookie Safety Making an Early Impact on State Special Teams

Everyone expected the 2015 signing class to be a good one. Talk to one of their members though and the newest Bulldogs aren't just contributing in the present. Mark McLaurin figures he and his classmates can become Mississippi State's football future.

McLaurin is one of the four true freshmen who have gotten into games already for the Bulldogs. He also had to wait a week longer than the other three, as Mississippi State weighed whether to redshirt this rookie or not.

But when McLaurin saw how classmate and fellow safety Jamal Peters performed on opening night, he knew. He wanted to play now, and a week later against LSU there he was on the field. Scott Field at that, and along with Peters in the kickoff cover team. It's a job McLaurin expects to continue all this season.

He also figures to get more snaps over time in his primary position of safety, just like compadre Peters. Here McLaurin talks about the decision to play this year, how he's fitting in, and what he sees for the future.


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