March 22, 2010

McPhee set for second spring in Starkville

Pernell McPhee got his first taste of SEC football last spring joining the Mississippi State roster as the Bulldogs top recruit from the 2009 class.

The former junior college All-American did not disappoint in his first season in Starkville earning All-SEC honors. Now with a new defensive coordinator and defensive line coach, McPhee is more confident than ever.

"Last year I was sort of shaken up because it was my first SEC appearance," McPhee said. "I didn't know what to expect. This year after going a whole year with the guys and playing against other guys, I'm confident. I weigh more, I feel strong and I feel faster so I feel like I should have an even better season than I had last year."

McPhee is already up to 283-pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame and unlike last year, will remain at defensive end throughout spring practice. He feels that the entire defensive line has really attacked the offseason conditioning program and are prepared when practice begins on Tuesday.

"We've been training in the offseason thinking about the five games that we lost at home," McPhee said. "We are thinking about doing some things this year with the new defensive line being way more aggressive. Our whole defensive line has an attitude like they are ready to get into spring ball because of the new aggressiveness that we are going to approach spring ball and the offseason with. It's going to be real exciting."

McPhee has been impressed with MSU's new defensive line coach Chris Wilson, whom the Bulldogs brought in from Oklahoma. Wilson will also serve as the co-defensive coordinator as well.

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