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Mississippi State wide out Joe Morrow returned to action last weekend after missing time recovering from an injury,

Mississippi State fans were more than a little concerned when senior wide receiver Joe Morrow crashed to the turf at Kyle Field. Morrow was immediately escorted to the locker room and never returned to action that evening. Morrow would sit out Bulldog wins over Troy and Louisiana Tech, but #16 returned to Coach Billy Gonzales' rotation last week as State rolled over Kentucky 42-16.

Morrow hauled in a pair of Dak Prescott passes for 24 yards last Saturday. The Ocean Springs, Mississippi product reports that just being back on the field was reward enough. 

"I feel great," Morrow said with a smile. "It felt great to be back out there with my team. During those weeks that I was out, I watched all of those guys work and play. It hurt me that I couldn't be out there with them. Now that I am back, I just want to do my part to help us win."

Durability has been one of Morrow's greatest attributes throughout his Bulldog career. Known as a dependable pass catcher and hard worker, Morrow has built a reputation of always being there for his team. The two contests that saw Morrow on the sidelines were the first games the senior has missed due to injury throughout his playing career.

"That goes all the way back to high school," Morrow said. "This is the first time that I have ever missed any games like that. I guess there is a first time for everything. I am just happy to be back and happy to help this team get a 'W'."

Throughout his recovery time, Morrow did his best to keep a positive attitude and to be an encouragement to those around him.

"You know that sort of thing happens in this sport," Morrow said of his ailment. "When you're out, you just have to take those mental reps. You can always get better in that aspect of things. I was in the training room constantly working hard to get healthy. I'm back now and I feel great."

The Bulldogs appeared to be clicking on all cylinders in last weekend's SEC victory over Kentucky. While Morrow was happy to be a part of that, he believes the team has really found a sense of themselves as they prepare for the home stretch.

"We played a complete game last week," Morrow said. "That's what we have been wanting to do. We wanted to come out fast and keep that edge to us. We were able to do that on Saturday. Now we just want to keep that going through the rest of the season."

Mississippi State has an open date this weekend. The Bulldogs will take some time to rest and prepare for the final games of the 2015 campaign. While there is no game to be played this Saturday, the Bulldogs have continued to work hard this week.

"It's been about fundamentals and technique," Morrow said. "There are a lot of young guys who are getting reps this week. The older guys have to be there to help teach and help to make sure that the young guys know what they're doing. 

"We have to do our part to help them, but at the same time we have to work on all of the things we need to improve on too. We will all be working hard on the fundamentals and technique this week to be sure we are on top of everything."

The Bulldogs' official game week begins today. Thursday is, for all intents and purposes, Monday for the Mississippi State players and coaches. The normal beginning of the week routine will take place today as Coach Dan Mullen and his staff begin their install for next week's trip to Columbia, Missouri to take on the Tigers of the SEC East.


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