April 15, 2009

Watts adjusting to life in the SEC

Perhaps no one else on the Mississippi State roster right now can attest to the difference between high school football and the Southeastern Conference better than Sam Watts.

Four months ago the 6-foot-4, 290-pounder was pancaking defenders as a senior at Salem High School in Conyers, Ga. Now the 2009 three-star signee is making the adjustment to life as an SEC center.

"It doesn't even compare really," Watts said. "It's not as bad as I thought it was going to be but it is a lot different. It's a lot faster and everybody is good. In high school you could narrow it down and pick them out and go against them but here everybody you go against is good. In high school I got into bad habits because I was about to out-muscle somebody. Now I'm probably one of the weakest guys here and I've got to learn technique, to stay low and I can't do what I did in high school."

Watts has been working as the Bulldogs third string center this spring behind J.C. Brignone and D.J. Looney.

"Practice has been going pretty good," Watts said. "I'm just having to learn everything. It's a completely new ball game. Not only is the offensive style completely different but the speed, the steps and everything that I am doing completely different."

Watts graduated from high school in December in order enroll at Mississippi State and participate in spring practice to get a leg up on the rest of the 2009 class.

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