November 2, 2009

Stigers seeing playing time increase

Redshirt freshman defensive end Trevor Stigers has seen his playing time increase in recent weeks and the main reason why is that he is finally healthy.

The 6-foot-4, 255-pounder from Ridgeland Miss., arrived late to camp in 2008 and suffered a knee injury forcing him to redshirt his first year at Mississippi State. A pinched nerve in his shoulder set him back early this season but has come on strong of late.

"The season started off slow," Stigers said. "I was dealing with an injury coming out of two-a-days with a pinched nerve in the shoulder. But I started gradually getting back into the depth chart. We've got a good d-line but we are still young. I think we've got a good rotation going on. The season is starting to come around for me. I started back playing against Houston then got more playing time against Middle Tennessee and that got me ready for the Florida game getting used to the SEC speed."

Stigers has played in six games this season making three tackles.

"It feels good to get out there and play with the guys," Stigers said. "It feels good to finally get out there and play in the SEC."

Despite arriving to campus after fall camp began as a true freshman, Stigers quickly made up for lost time and was working his way up the depth chart. Former MSU head coach Sylvester Croom praised his progress at practice on numerous occasions and was getting him ready to play until he suffered a hampering knee injury.

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