Vick Ballard: "I'll be ready to play."

Mississippi State junior running back Vick Ballard, a juco transfer from Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, is a humble sort when talking about his ability and expectations for himself.

"Individually, I just want to be productive and be accountable, things like that," said the 5-11, 215-pounder.

After seeing the running back group throughout the spring, summer and early fall, he likes what he sees, especially Robert Elliott and LaDarius Perkins. He believe each back brings a different running style to this year's Bulldog football team.

"I'm not really flashy; I just like to keep the chains moving and be productive," said Vick Ballard, who was named first-team junior college All-America by the National Junior College Athletic Association after rushing for 1,728 yards and 22 touchdowns during his sophomore season. "The other two (Robert Elliot and LaDarius Perkins) have much better moves that I do. I admit that (laugh). But we all bring a different element to the game. And I think Coach Mullen will try to utilize that."

He sees a huge benefit for the team, overall, with the three players being used throughout each game.

"In the fourth quarter, by using all the backs, it will keep the pressure off of us," said Vick, who played his prep ball at Pascagoula (MS) High School. "Because of that, we will be able to make a big play when we need it."

As for what Mississippi State fans are going to see when Vick steps foot on the football field that first game, he really doesn't know but one thing he does know is he will be ready when the moment arrives.

"I don't know (what they will see)," said Vick. "I can't say right now but I know I will be ready to play, though, that's for sure."

Gene Swindoll is the publisher of the website, the source for Mississippi State sports on sports network. You can contact him by emailing

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