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All-SEC wide receiver Fred Ross brushes aside talk of personal awards and NFL draft.

Mississippi State junior wide receiver Fred Ross was named All-SEC by both the coaches and the Associated Press. Ross' 81 receptions led the SEC, which places him among some of the most prolific pass catchers in the nation. With talk of honors and possibly an early jump to the NFL, the Texas native reports that his focus is on North Carolina State.

Fred Ross met with the media following practice earlier this week and he brushed aside any comments that focused on him as a player or an NFL prospect. 

"Being picked All-SEC is a big honor," Ross said. "I just have to give the props to Dak (Prescott), the other wideouts and our offensive line. Without them, none of this would have happened. Coach Mullen gave me the ball and gave me a bunch of catches, so props to him.

"All of that is fun, but I just like to win. I am just ready for the game. It's as simple as that.

"I don't want it to sound like a cliche' or anything, but it really doesn't mean anything. It's just a list."

As Ross continued, the talented junior talked more about his teammates rather than himself.

"It was big time having a guy like Dak who is going to put the ball on the money each and every time," Ross said. "It was big time to have Bear (De'Runnya Wilson) on the other side. That just creates mismatches for the entire team."

Mississippi State officials have confirmed that a handful of juniors have applied for their NFL draft grades. Ross was not one of the names mentioned. In fact, word is Ross did not even attend the meeting to learn what the procedure entailed. 

"I am just focused on the bowl game and just finishing out the season strong," Ross said. "I will worry about all of the other stuff in the future. 

"I feel like I haven't made enough big plays. I feel like there were some other plays that I could have done more on or have done something different." 

The Bulldogs will take on NC State on December 30th in the Belk Bowl. Ross expects his team to be ready to go once the game kicks off.

"I am pumped up about the game," Ross said. "NC State is a great team, so I am pumped up about the challenge. Dak and I have been talking about it a lot. We just want to come out strong and finish the season strong. We want to finish out the season on a good note."

Mississippi State will take their final practice paces in Starkville in the coming days before taking the show on the road to Charlotte, North Carolina. Ross reports that he is eager to play in the bowl game, but he also has some goals to reach on the college level next fall.

 "I want to start finishing all of the plays that I need to make," Ross explained. "I want to make huge plays and finish out strong. I really want to get to that SEC Championship game, honestly. I want to make it to Georgia."


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