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Mississippi State wide out Gabe Myles talks about his team's top 20 tilt with Alabama

After a few weeks away from the active dress list, wide out Gabe Myles returned to action last week in Mississippi State's 31-13 road win over Missouri. The contest allowed Myles the chance to get his feet back under him as the Bulldogs prepare for the home stretch starting this weekend against the Crimson Tide of Alabama.

"It felt good to be back and back out there with the team," Myles said. "It's a good feeling to be back practicing and sweating with the team. I am happy to be back."

The down time to recover was especially tough on a competitor like Myles who never enjoys a snap on the sidelines. 

"It was very frustrating for me," Myles said. "I wanted to be out there for my guys. We put in so much work in the off-season that it hurt me not being able to contribute in anyway. I wanted to get out there and make a block or something. I just wanted to something to help the team. 

"At that same time, me being out was best for me. I wasn't 100% at the time, so I needed to get healthy."

Being sequestered to the sidelines, Myles made the most of the time spent observing the game from the coaches' vantage point. The sophomore saw some things that he believes will him be a more polished player.

"I saw some things that I want to do better," Myles shared. "I am seeing where I am comfortable and where I need to be making those adjustments. I was watching how the other receivers were getting open and how effective they were in the passing game. Just watching all of that, makes me want to turn all of that up when I get on to the field."

Myles had some company in the treatment room with position mate Joe Morrow. Myles reports that the pair helped each other during their time away from the game.

"We worked together and we had a competition to see who was going to get back first," Myles grinned. "I guess I lost, but it is what it is. We're both back now."

The Bulldogs will need all able bodied men on deck this weekend when Nick Saban's Crimson Tide comes to town in what amounts to an elimination game in the race to Atlanta.

Mississippi State was in a similar position a season ago, but came up a play or two short of knocking off the eventual SEC Champion.

"I think we're more focused this time," Myles said. "We're going to be at home and I feel like it's going to be good for us to be at home. The home crowd is always nice. There is just something about playing at home when the momentum swings. It will be easier for the momentum to stay on our side at home.

"We have the fans and when they are on offense, it gets loud. The feeling of family in the stadium should help us out."

Last season the Bulldog offense came out a little tight and Dak Prescott threw three interceptions that allowed Alabama to race out to a 19-3 halftime lead. The Bulldogs will look to avoid spotting a talented Alabama team a head start this go around.

"We just have to allow ourselves to make the play," Myles said. "We just have to trust in our technique and trust in the fundamentals. We feel like the big plays if we just trust it."


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