August 31, 2012

Egan, kickers have bright shoes to fill

Looking at Mississippi State's special teams everything seems to be set.

Well, almost everything.

The Bulldogs return their punter and all of their return men from 2011. But losing Derek DePasquale, the second most accurate kicker in school history, is a big blow and leaves some bright shoes to fill.

Junior Brian Egan is the only MSU kicker with an attempt in college. The left footer missed his only try from 29-yards out last season against Alabama but handled all of the Bulldogs kickoff duties in every game.

"It was awesome," Egan said. "Words really can't describe the feeling you have when you're on the field. When you're at home there is 60,000 people yelling and cowbells. It's just indescribable how that feels."

The 5-foot-11, 210-pounder kicked off 60 times in 2011 for a 64-yard average including six touchbacks. With the ball now being kicked off from the 35-yard line, Egan will have to have strategize even more before he toes up the pigskin.

"That five yards makes a big difference," Egan said. "But now the touchback goes out to the 25-yard line so you might be better off kicking the ball a lot higher to the goal line than kicking it out of the back of the end zone."

Egan did not join the Bulldogs this year until school started in August but was still out preparing on his own while his teammates were in fall camp.

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