Looking Forward to His Senior Season

Fifth-year senior tight end Eric Butler, over the course of the past two seasons, has had more than his share of injuries. But he's feeling healthy now and is looking forward to having a productive and injury-free season.

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"I've had a lot of injuries during my career, but I'm feeling great now," said Eric, who is currently recovering from a toe injury. "I'm not 100% now, I would say I'm 85 to 90%. I couldn't really do anything from December to the beginning of June. So, I was way out of shape. But I'm not restricted on anything. My toe still hurts every once in awhile, but I just try to push through it."

And who can blame him after all the frustration that he has had to deal with due to the injuries.

"It's been frustrating because I would come out to practice and couldn't do too much," said Eric, a former Freshman All-SEC selection. "I just had to watch. Now, I want to play up to the ability everybody expects from me."

And with a healthy Eric Butler, it only makes a strong position on the Bulldog team that much stronger.

"I think the tight end position will be a strength of this team because me, Jason (Husband) and Dezmond (Sherrod) are all considered starters in Coach Croom's mind," said Eric, who has started 23 games during his career. "We will all be fifth-year seniors, so we know what it takes. We all know what we are doing. So, that's a big plus for the team."

He's also excited about the team as a whole.

"I think we will be improved this year because it's all about being one unit," noted Eric. "We all hang out together more than we ever have before. These days, we go to the movies together and go eat out with each other. It's the little things that (MSU head) Coach (Sylvester) Croom talks about.

Offensively, he's seeing a lot of positive signs.

"Our receiving corps is improved. Coach Croom has always wanted that and now he has it," explained Eric. "Our backfield is as deep as it has ever been. And Anthony (Dixon) is a big running back. I don't think too many people want to meet him head on. (Starting quarterback) Mike (Henig) has some starts under his belt and there is some depth behind him. I think he is more comfortable than anybody. And the offensive line should be much better."

And this improved offense will get an early test when the LSU Tigers come to town on August 30th.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the Dawgs' Bite, Powered by GenesPage.com website, the source for Mississippi State sports on the Scout.com sports network. You can contact him by email at swindoll@genespage.com.

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