October 15, 2010

Gatling: A true team player

When you think of a team player, you should think of Emmanuel Gatling.

The senior linebacker walked on and redshirted his true freshman season and did not see action as a redshirt freshman. However, that did not stop Gatling from moving forward and training until he got his playing time on the field. During the 2008 season, he played in 11 games during his sophomore campaign, only missing seeing action in Mississippi State's season opener against Louisiana Tech.

At the end of the 2008 season, Gatling registered four special team tackles on the year, one each against Southeastern Louisiana, Georgia Tech, LSU and Alabama. Since day one, Gatling has tried to be an essential contribution to State's program.

The 6-foot-0, 220 pounder earned a scholarship and saw action in all 12 games of the 2009 campaign. He mainly saw action on special teams and as a reserve in the defensive backfield. He also posted a pair of stops against both Florida and Kentucky. Finishing out the season, Gatling recorded single tackles against Auburn, Georgia Tech, Arkansas and Ole Miss.

"My whole goal was when I came out here I felt that I could help the team," Gatling said. "So, whether I was a walk- on or a scholarship it was just me trying to come up and help. So I mean my hard work and my never give up mentally is what I brought to the team."

For any graduating senior on the football team there goal for the season is simple, to win a bowl game. For the chemical engineering major his goal is no different. Currently, the Bulldogs are 4-2 overall this season and have a strong possibility of getting to a bowl game if they continue to excel in ground game.

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