September 30, 2010

Skinner settling into his role at State

Deontae Skinner was one of Mississippi's top prospects coming off a Class 4A State Championship at Noxubee County High School two years ago.

Skinner spent his first season at Mississippi State on the sidelines with a redshirt but is now getting his opportunity to get his feet wet in the Southeastern Conference.

"I think a redshirt year is the best thing a young player can do coming out of high school," Skinner said. "It develops you a lot and gets you stronger and faster. I think that is helping me a lot."

The 6-foot-2, 235-pounder played defensive end at the prep level but made the transition to outside linebacker when he arrived at MSU.

"I wouldn't say it was that tough because I've got the size of a linebacker," Skinner said. "I had to get adjusted to it."

Skinner spent 2009 learning the ropes from former defensive coordinator and linebackers coach Carl Torbush but has flourished in new coordinator Manny Diaz's scheme.

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