[Premium article] Mississippi State running back coach Glenn Davis took time out of his busy schedule to talk with Gene's Page about the running backs that Mississippi State signed this past recruiting season."> [Premium article] Mississippi State running back coach Glenn Davis took time out of his busy schedule to talk with Gene's Page about the running backs that Mississippi State signed this past recruiting season.">

Glenn Davis talks about the running back signees

<img src="http://www.genespage.com/images/coaches/football/davis.jpg" align="left" width="119" height="126"> [Premium article] Mississippi State running back coach Glenn Davis took time out of his busy schedule to talk with Gene's Page about the running backs that Mississippi State signed this past recruiting season.

The four signees are Jerious Norwood, Nick Turner, Bryson Davis and Willie Evans.

How about talking about Jerious Norwood first.
"Jerious is going to be a really good player. How much he will contribute as a freshman will be determined by how well he handles the transition from high school to college. We expect great things out of him."

What is it you like about him? What are his strengths?
"He makes people miss. He is a lot like Dicenzo Miller. He catches the ball great out of the backfield. I think he has all the intangibles that Dicenzo has, but he might be a little bigger and faster down the road."

What are some things you like about Nick Turner?
"Nick, like Jerious, is a guy who can make people miss him out in the open field. He also catches the ball well. Those are the things that you can't measure as far as the value of a back."

Bryson Davis is one of the fullbacks State signed. What do you like about him?
"He is a big kid. He lined up a little bit everywhere. He lined up at fullback and tight end. His high school coach used him all around. He is big, good-looking guy, kind of in the same mold as some of the other guys that we have had here. He is shape, body-size, similar to (former MSU fullback) Dennis McKinley, but maybe just a little taller."

Doesn't he also have great hands?
"Really, all four of my guys have great hands. That will give us another way to give those guys the ball other than having to hand it off to them."

Talk a little about Willie Evans.
"Willie was my favorite choice as a fullback because he just gives us a different personality. His personality is a lot like Kenny Williamson's and Dennis McKinley's as far as being mean and nasty. I think that attitude will really help us."

Do you think any of the last three guys that you mentioned have a chance to come in and play as freshmen?
"It depends on them and how well they can come in and pick up the system. Realistically, you don't really want to play any of them as freshmen, but some of them might have to contribute. How much, you won't know until they get here. I would hate to say one is going to play as a freshman and he gets here and he doesn't. That is kind of like the recruiting process, we don't tell any of them that they are going to play or not going to play as freshmen."


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