Davis Important to MSU Offense

Bryson Davis, a junior fullback for Mississippi State, is one of the unsung heroes of MSU's version of the West Coast Offense. And MSU head football coach Sylvester Croom will be the first to admit how important Bryson is to the Bulldog offense.

"Bryson Davis is a very good football player for us," said Croom. "He is one of the most valuable parts of our offense. Not only is he one of our leaders, but he is smart and a hard worker. He is not only an excellent blocker, but an excellent receiver coming out of the backfield. He has very good hands and runs well with the ball after a catch. I feel like he has a great future ahead of him at the next level."

Bryson could wind up doing much more for the offense than block before the year's out if he can make the necessary adjustments.

"He hasn't touched the ball as much as we hoped he would at this point for a variety of reasons," Croom said. "We want to use him. He's in the pattern, but he's just not opened. Last year, he caught passes in the flat. This year, we are running the same plays, but he just hasn't been opened. If you go back and look at a lot of those patterns last year, he hurt people because they left him open. Now, what they are doing is covering him this year."

Davis agrees with his coach about the additional coverage by opposing defenses.

"I really am seeing them putting men on me this year," said Davis. "Because of that, I really haven't been opened. Hopefully, I can start getting open and get the ball in my hands a little bit."

So far, he hasn't let the lack of touches bother him because he's the consummate team player.

"I'm not frustrated," said Bryson matter of factly. "I know my time will come. I'm just going to keep playing my heart out and help the team win."

And he's definitely helping, especially with his blocking.

"I made a block," said a modest Davis, when asked about his block that opened a path for running back Jerious Norwood to score the winning TD against Tulane. "It always feels good when you make a key block that results in a touchdown."

Although he was excited about his block against Tulane that helped MSU to its second victory of the year, another opponent awaits the Bulldogs of MSU this Saturday night - the Georgia Bulldogs. While it will be a major hurdle to come away with a victory, Davis has an idea that just may help his team pull off the upset.

"We need to jump out on them early and get as many points as we can," said Davis.

And he's hoping the MSU fans will help by supporting the team 100%.

"I know that our emotions and adrenalin will be flowing, but we need our fans to come out and support us and cheer us on no matter what the situation," said Davis.

The game, which was originally scheduled for a 8:00 p.m. kickoff time on ESPN2, will now be shown on ESPN beginning at 6:45 p.m.

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