April 12, 2007

Stallworth putting the past behind

After rushing for over 2,000 yards during his senior campaign in Daphne, Alabama, Arnil Stallworth's scholarship offers were few and far between. Late in the recruiting process last year, after Mississippi State was spurned by Kenny Ashley, Coach Croom was still searching for running backs. Stallworth, who did sign on signing day, was still looking at schools. Mississippi State offered shortly after receiving film on Stallworth, and Coach Croom welcomed him to the class.

Expecting to make a major contribution during his freshman campaign, Stallworth faced the challenges of adjusting to SEC life, a new environment, and injuries during his first season.

"The second game of the season last year, I got a bruised ankle and got a high ankle sprain. I played through all the way until the Kentucky game, when I sprained my LCL and that put me out for the rest of the season. Overall I think I did pretty decent with it being my freshman year, getting adjusted to college, the SEC," Stallworth said.

Stallworth, who did not see any action after the Kentucky game because of surgery, already had something to motivate him during the off-season.

"After my surgery, I lost some muscle mass, speed, and strength. That is what I have been focusing this off-season, getting my knee stronger, trying to get quicker, faster, and have better balance. Coach Pollard has helped a lot, most of the stuff we do are for explosiveness and power, so all that is helping my knee get back stronger. My bench and power clean has gone up since he came, so I can already see improvement," he mentioned.

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