MSU WR Coach Mark Hudspeth Talks Receivers

Mississippi State wide receivers coach Mark Hudspeth talks about his position overall, what he likes about each of his current players and his expectations for the incoming freshmen wide receivers.

What are the strengths of the wide receivers group?
"I think the strength of our wide receiver crew is that we have some diversity. We have some guys with speed, some guys with great hands and we have guys who are big, physical that we think will be able to block on the perimeter. I think everybody brings something to the table. And we are going to have to be able to use all their abilities and get them in the right positions."

What do you like about each one of your current players?
"First and foremost with (senior) Brandon McRae is he is a great leader. He is very mature, high character kid, a hard worker, and he's proven in the SEC. Hopefully his injury won't hold him back. If he makes it back to 100% or at least 95%, then I think he will be an outstanding receiver for us next year.

"(Junior) Leon Berry can play either X or H for us. That means inside or outside receiver. He really understands offensive football and he understands our system. I think he is a guy who will come in and provide immediate playmaking ability for us. And he showed that in the spring when he caught eight balls in the spring game.

"(Redshirt freshman) O'Neal Wilder is coming off a knee injury. Hopefully he will be ready to go by the fall. He has a lot of ability. He's a big target who has really good hands and really good speed. He is a guy who in the future has a chance to be really outstanding. But we really need him to come on now, though, and have a really great fall camp and help us this fall.

"(Redshirt freshman) Terrance Davis has had chronic hamstring injuries, but if he can stay healthy he has a chance to help us. He is very quick, very elusive. He'll play the inside position for us.

"(Sophomore) Delmon Robinson is another player who has a lot of ability. He is very quick, has good hands, is tough, and very elusive. I worry about his maturity at times, but if he can mature as a player and as a student-athlete he has the ability to help us on the field.

"Tay Bowser is a senior who moved over from defensive back. He picked up the offense a little bit this spring but with him being a senior he has to come on this fall because we are going to be counting on him to give us some depth.

"(Redshirt freshman) Charles Bailey had a solid spring and picked up the offense well. He will continue to contribute in the fall as he continues to work hard. He's one of our most dependable guys on the wide receiver crew."

What are your expectations for your incoming freshmen?
"One of the strengths of our crew is that we have some young players who are talented. We have all the young guys that I just mentioned and we have Chad Bumphis, Chris Smith, Dennis Thames and Brandon Heavens coming in.

"We are counting on Chad to come in and be able to play for us this year at the H position. Chris is a big kid who can play the X position. Dennis is going to start out at wide receiver at the H position. Brandon will also start out at the H position. We have really helped ourselves at the wide receiver position with a great signing class and we are going to have these guys for a while and bring them up through our system."


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