September 9, 2008

McRae enjoying success atop SEC

Brandon McRae is relishing his past two weeks in the limelight.

The 6-foot-4, 200-pound junior has led Mississippi State in receiving in its first two games after playing sparingly in his first season in Starkville.

"It's feeling kinda good but at the same time, I've been waiting for this for a long time," McRae said. "Since I got here I've been ready. Last year I didn't go as I had planned. So this year I'm trying to go all out."

McRae has hauled in 12 passes for 132 yards and two touchdowns in as many games including eight grabs for 72 yards and a score last week against Southeastern Louisiana. His dozen receptions lead the Southeastern Conference and his 66.0 yards per game is good for fifth in the league.

"I thought Brandon was going to give this to us last year," said Mississippi State head coach Sylvester Croom. "He is a very athletic guy and it all comes down to maturity. His ability was obvious when he first got here. His confidence is high, but he did have a dropped ball (Saturday). He has to expect himself to make every catch. He has the potential to be an outstanding receiver and not just a good one."

McRae saw action in all 13 games last season and drew two starts after showing promise in spring practice. McRae entered the 2007 season atop the depth chart but his stock quickly fell and finished the season with two catches for 50 yards.

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