March 31, 2010

Bailey bidding for his chance

Having spent two years in Starkville makes rising redshirt sophomore Charles Bailey the veteran among the young receiving corps at Mississippi State.

The 6-foot-1, 185-pounder from St. Augustine, Fla., is hoping to use spring practice to catapult his career with the Bulldogs and earn more playing time in the fall.

"It's not about an individual because it's a team effort but spring is when you get an opportunity," Bailey said. "Everybody is on an equal page. There is no set spot so every day it's a competition. You have to come out with the mindset of competing with whoever is out here. The boys love each other but once we get on the field it's strictly competition but once we get off the field we are friends again."

So far this spring, Bailey has been encouraged by his progress. He is hoping to earn a spot on the depth chart and become part of the rotation at receiver in Dan Mullen's spread offense.

"Spring practice is going good," Bailey said. "It's good to be back out here getting into the rhythm of things. It's been a long offseason training with these boys and it's good to be back on the field getting ready. It's good to get back in that mindset and running these routes. It's fun. It's been beautiful weather and I'm loving it so far."

Bailey is one of six scholarship wide receivers on the Bulldogs roster. He feels that the unit has a variety of skill sets that should play to their advantage in the fall.

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