High Expectations Are The Norm

Mississippi State senior defensive end Tim Bailey was one of the cogs on a defense that helped MSU to its most successful season in seven years. And he expects even more this coming season.

"My expectations are pretty high this year," said Bailey. "A lot of people expect a lot of things from me this year and I like that kind of pressure on me.

"And as a team we are trying to win the West. That is our number 1 goal right now. To reach our goal, we have to take it one game at a time.

"And it starts in the morning at 6 o'clock."

Just like so many other Bulldog football players, Bailey believes the talent level of this team is where a great deal of the confidence level is coming from.

"I've been here two years and I can say there is more talent," said Bailey. "With this talent, if we continue to work hard like we did the previous years, we have a very good shot to win the West."

Also a confidence booster was the 2007 season, a season that saw eight victories, including a Liberty Bowl win.

"Last year set the standard," said Bailey, who had 25 total tackles during the season. "Now that we know what we can do, we can only get better from here."

Bailey wasn't surprised by the success of last year.

"Going into last season we knew we had some good guys and we knew we could compete," said Bailey. "We knew if we were close in the 4th quarter we could pull it out."

And with a summer of extremely hard work behind them he expects the same this coming season.

"Everybody was so competitive this summer, trying to get better," said Bailey. "Everybody had a positive attitude and didn't really complain about the heat."

Bailey, who is one of the senior leaders on the team, hopes to spread that type of Bulldog attitude to the newest Bullpups, the incoming freshmen.

"I really try to talk to them as a friend about on and off the field issues," said Tim Bailey, whose nickname is Uncle Tim due to him being a couple of years older than the rest of the seniors. "I want to help them be accountable, be where they are supposed to be and help them learn the system."

And if they do that, then that means not only will they be successful, but the team will be as well.

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the 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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