Q&A With MSU Tight Ends Coach Reed Stringer

Mississippi State tight ends coach Reed Stringer talks about how each of his tight ends have progressed this spring.

Talk about each of your guys individually.
"Going into the spring, tight ends-wise, there were a lot of unknowns. But I've been very pleased with the progression that we have made.

"Starting with (sophomore) Brandon Henderson, he's done a very good job for me. He's a smart guy who knows what he's doing. And he's gotten more physical. He understands that he's the older guy even though he only played about four plays last year. Because of that, he's taken a real leadership role. I think he has solidified coming out of spring that he'll be number 1 on the depth chart.

"(Redshirt freshman) Marcus Green has really been good. He's done a lot of good things, although he's still learning and is making some mistakes. But his athleticism is very obvious. During our last scrimmage, he caught a pass and made about four people miss him. And you don't see a lot of 240 pound guys do that. He can definitely help us next year.

"(True freshman) Nelson Hurst has been very, very impressive for a kid who should be in high school and about to go to his prom. The physical part of it doesn't faze him one bit, but the learning aspect does. His mind is tying up his feet. He's having to think too much, causing him to play slower than he normally would. But as for the physical part of it, he's gotten that and he's very strong willed and will finish every play. He reminds me of a young Dez Sherrod, which is always a good thing. When he goes out for two-a-days, he will know what to do and will be ready to help us the first game this year.

"(Junior walk-on) Austin Wilbanks has been with us for two years. The good things about him are he knows what to do and he plays hard."

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