March 16, 2010

Saulsberry seeking successful spring

What a difference a year can make.

In 2008, Mississippi State's offensive line surrendered 11 sacks to Ole Miss and were limited to 37 yards in the Egg Bowl. But the same starting five returned and picked up 412 yards in a rematch against the Rebels giving linemen like left guard Quentin Saulsberry confidence about the Bulldogs future.

"I saw a lot of things out of the Ole Miss game that we didn't see in each other," Saulsberry said. "I saw a new side of myself and I saw a new side of some of my teammates. We can build on that. I saw a mean streak in myself. I'm just a nice and humble guy and there's nothing wrong with that in life in general but when you've got a job you have to attack it with relentless effort."

Part of the success is credited to a new philosophy brought in from John Hevesy who followed Dan Mullen to Starkville after leading Florida to a national championship.

"Coach Hevesy is another kind of guy," Saulsberry said. "It's hard to explain him. You just take his resume and look at where he's been and what he has done with all kinds of championships and how many rings he has put on people's fingers. You can't help but to love him."

Another key component is the Bulldogs grueling offseason conditioning program headed up by second year strength coach Matt Balis. But while the players are undergoing their second trip through the program, the workload is not getting any lighter.

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