October 18, 2007

J.C. Brignone key cog in new OL approach

Standing 6-foot-1 and 290 pounds, J.C. Brignone casts quite an imposing shadow. Credited with a 340-pound bench press and a time of 5.0 in the 40-yard dash as a junior in high school, the Pass Christian native doesn't come across as the nervous kind. But hours before last week's SEC battle with No. 25 Tennessee, Brignone admitted to having 'butterflies' in his stomach after hearing head coach Sylvester Croom announce that the Bulldogs' second-team offensive line - of which Brignone was a key cog - would see action against the Vols.

"I had a few butterflies," laughed Brignone. "Coach Croom likes smash-mouth football, so I figured once we got in there we were going to run the ball down their throat."

Brignone didn't have to wait long, as Croom inserted the group to begin Mississippi State's fourth offensive possession. For Brignone, who arrived on the MSU campus following a tumultuous senior year that saw him forced to the state of Georgia in the wake of Hurricane Katrina, the chance to take the field against a program with the history of Tennessee was what he had long been waiting for.

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