August 11, 2010

Heavens stepping up his game as a sophomore

For the past three years Brandon Heavens has seen the competition level rise in his opponents.

As a junior in high school Heavens lit up the Alabama private school ranks at Bessemer Academy before transferring to Class 6A public school Jess Lanier as a senior. He then made the transition to the Southeastern Conference at Mississippi State and played as a true freshman last year.

"Every year the competitive level jumped up," Heavens said. "Every year people got faster, stronger, bigger and better so I had to step my game up also."

The 5-foot-10, 175-pounder appeared in all 12 games in 2009 earning one start at wide receiver. He caught seven passes for 35 yards and carried nine times for 27 yards.

Heavens feels that his early playing time has helped him adjust and is ready to make a solid impact for the Bulldogs this fall.

"I feel a little bit more comfortable this year," Heavens said. "Last year I got a little bit of experience with how the game situations are. I think that I'm more experienced now as a player. I'm going to contribute to the team in any way that I can. I'm going to go hard every play."

The sophomore has come into his own at receiver during fall camp and has been a go-to target early on during practice.

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