September 22, 2009

Saulsberry glad to be at guard

Last season Quentin Saulsberry was thrown into the fire of starting in the Southeastern Conference as a redshirt freshman.

Saulsberry started all 12 games for Mississippi State at right tackle having to adapt to the new position due the reshuffled offensive line following the arrest of Michael Brown. But now the 6-foot-2, 300-pounder is back at his natural left guard slot.

"It feels good to move back to guard," Saulsberry said. "But sometimes it's not whether you feel comfortable there or if it's your natural position, it's what's best for the team. It's not what benefits me, it's what benefits the team. Whatever is best for the team I'm good with."

Brown's arrest and dismissal from the Bulldogs forced right tackle Derek Sherrod to flip sides and Saulsberry to be inserted in at right tackle.

Not only did Saulsberry earn plenty of starts last season, he also played every snap of nine games in 2008.

"It helped me out a lot," Saulsberry said. "It made me understand the competition in the SEC. It was my redshirt freshman year and when you come to college you expect to play. It wasn't that I was too young, I just had to get in and do my job to the best of my ability."

The Coldwater, Miss., native played at 286-pounds last season but packed on 14-pounds in the offseason thanks to new strength and conditioning coach Matt Balis.

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