December 29, 2011

50 starts for Saulsberry

When Mississippi State receives the ball for the first time in Friday's Music City Bowl expect Quentin Saulsberry to trot out onto the field just like he has done so many times before to make his final start.

In fact it will be the 50th start for Saulsberry which just so happens to be every game the Bulldogs have played over the last four years becoming the only player in school history to do so.

"It means a lot to have one more chance to go out with my guys," Saulsberry said. "These are guys I've been around for a long time. It's good to share this moment with them."

The fifth year senior's career has not always been pumped full of sunshine. As a redshirt freshman in 2008, Saulsberry started every game for MSU at right tackle and took his share of lumps in a 4-8 year.

But as the team improved under new leadership so did Saulsberry as he moved inside to a much more natural fit as an interior lineman.

Saulsberry started all 12 games of 2009 at left guard. Last year he made 11 starts at right guard and two at center and has concluded his career with eight starts at right guard and four at center.

He is expected to start at right guard for the Music City Bowl.

All of the moves should help Saulsberry's chances at the next level as well.

"It helps me show my versatility and become more of a student of the game," Saulsberry said. "You have to know what the guy next to you is doing and it makes you a better player."

While Saulsberry has hopes of taking his talents to the NFL he also has a backup plan as well. Over the summer he interned with the Starkville Police Department and hopes to one day find his name on a badge.

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