December 24, 2012

Virges stronger than ever

With three seniors graduating at defensive tackle at the end of the season, Curtis Virges will be stepping into a new role when spring practice rolls around.

At that time Virges will be heading into his junior season at Mississippi State and will be looked upon to assume a leadership role on the Bulldogs defensive line entering his fourth year in the program.

But it is a role that Virges has gradually grown into. The 6-foot-3, 300-pounder redshirted his first year on campus and has appeared in 20 games over the past two seasons including two starts.

This year he played in 11 games and drew two starting calls making 11 stops, 1.5 tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry.

"In a way my first two years prepared me but then again it didn't because there is nothing like experience," Virges said. "You can see it but until you're actually in that situation you really don't know how to react from it."

One thing Virges quickly learned when he arrived at MSU in 2010 is that his strength advantage was no longer the same as it was at West Point (Miss.) High School. During his senior season for the Green Wave he recorded 82 tackles and 14 sacks en route to a Class 5A State Championship.

He has spent the last three years trying to make that same type of impact in college.

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