September 28, 2011

Arrington adjusting to life in the SEC

It didn't take Dee Arrington long to realize he wasn't in high school anymore.

The former Parade All-American was used to dominating on both sides of the ball at Stone County (Miss.) High School but in the Southeastern Conference he's found the played field much more leveled.

"It's way different," Arrington said. "I didn't think it was going to be that much different. You've got to do a lot of work, a lot of film room and study a lot more than high school. If you don't you're going to go back out there and not know what to do."

Arrington is one of only two true freshmen Mississippi State has sent out on the field so far this season. He has earned a starting role on the kickoff team and is a backup on the kickoff return team.

"I'm learning," Arrington said. "I try to scheme up like the rest of the guys how to play special teams. When I get on the field it seems like it goes faster than at practice. I have to learn during the game and scheme something out. My first couple of kickoffs of the game seem like my worst but I get better throughout the game."

The 6-foot-1, 210-pounder also is working on his craft at safety as well. With two senior starters ahead of him, Arrington is awaiting his turn while also learning from veterans like Charles Mitchell and Wade Bonner.

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