April 7, 2010

Conner competing for a backfield spot

With Mississippi State losing three senior running backs to graduation, it is imperative for some of the Bulldogs young backs to step in and fill those vacancies.

MSU signed one of the nation's top running backs, Montrell Conner, in the 2009 recruiting class. Now with a redshirt year under his belt, Conner is vying to take over apart of that role next season.

The 6-foot-2, 225-pounder from Monroe, La., is thrilled to have the opportunity at a starting job in the backfield.

"That excites me a lot," Conner said. "We've got four people, Vick Ballard, Robert Elliott, LaDarius Perkins and myself, and we are all competing for that spot. We run some two back sets but we are all still competing for that one main spot."

Conner feels that all four backs will receive their share of playing time because they all bring a different style to the offense.

"We are all going to get a certain amount of reps," Conner said. "We've got all different types of running backs. Perk's a scat back, Vick's kind of a scat and power back and is real impressive, Rob's a scat with a little power too and with Rob having that experience, he has an edge on all of us also."

Conner has been sidelined for the past few practices battling a knee injury but does not expect it to be too serious.

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