Guy Holliday Is Impressed With Juco WRs

Mississippi State wide receiver coach Guy Holliday sees good things from his two junior college transfers, Tony Burks and Ryan Mason, as well as the MSU team overall.

After the first two days of practice, Coach Holliday has seen some positive signs from the two junior college wide receiver transfers as well as quarterback-turned-wide receiver, Omarr Conner.

"Omarr (Conner) had a great day (Wednesday). Tony (Burks) is getting it. Tony made some good catches, but had a couple of drops. Ryan (Mason) is still learning, but you can see the potential in him," noted Holliday. "Right now, (Tony and Ryan) are thinking a little bit, but they will be ok. They still need to learn our pace. Our pace is a little more hectic than most places."

He talked about the potential he sees in both newcomers.

"Their speed is deceptive because of their height and stride. Mason is more of a strider who will be able to move good straight ahead. Tony has a little more fluid hips and feet, so he'll be a little better route runner," said Holliday. "I think both have good hands, but it's tough to tell right now. We saw some spurts where they made some really nice catches. But, like anything else, it's a learning process. Confidence is everything. As they learn to push themselves, they will only get better."

Coach Holliday also likes what he sees from the team as a whole.

"In my time here, I would say, without a doubt, this team is in the best looking team we've had physically," said Holliday, going into his 4th season as the MSU wide receivers coach. "There's potential, but you have to take it to the field. We just have to develop the mental toughness and learn to work outside of our comfort zone."

And if this team does that, who knows what this 2006 edition of Bulldog football may accomplish this coming season.

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