November 20, 2009

Ducre hoping to finish up strong

Since his arrival at Mississippi State in 2006, Christian Ducre has been the perfect compliment to Anthony Dixon in the Bulldogs backfield.

The six-foot, 220-pound senior has helped MSU put together one of the strongest seasons running the football in school history. The Bulldogs have rushed for 2,087 yards this season and are gaining 108.2 more yards per game than in 2008.

Ducre feels their success is credited to the hard work that he, Dixon, Arnil Stallworth and Robert Elliott have put in during the offseason to learn the new spread style offense brought in by Dan Mullen.

"I think it's because of the new offense and how hard we worked in the offseason," Ducre said. "Me, A.D. , Arnil and Rob have all kind of worked out together during the offseason so I think that helped us during the spring learning the new offense."

Ducre has played in 37 games during his Bulldog career earning 10 starting calls. He has rushed 212 times for 1,012 yards and seven touchdowns. Ducre has also hauled in 39 catches for an additional 346 yards and two more scores.

With all the experience Ducre, Dixon and Stallworth bring to the backfield, it should be beneficial to some of the underclassmen running backs like Elliott, Montrell Conner and LaDarius Perkins.

"I'm more of a leader by example," Ducre said. "I don't really talk that much. A.D. and Arnil do most of the talking. I just try to do everything right and lead by example."

This season, Ducre has appeared in nine contests drawing six starts at either halfback or fullback depending on the formation. He has carried 45 times for 363 yards and two touchdowns as a senior while also grabbing 10 balls for 151 yards and another score.

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