Mississippi State center Dillon Day has been accused of stomping LSU players on two separate occasions during the Bulldogs 34-29 win Saturday night.
The 6-foot-4, 299-pound senior from West Monroe, La., leaped and landed on the stomach of LSU defensive lineman Devon Godchaux during a run by quarterback Dak Prescott. Day is also being accused of stomping cornerback Rashard Robinson.
Day was not penalized on either play but was flagged for a personal foul on a late hit in the third quarter.
LSU coach Les Miles mentioned during his press conference on Monday that he had sent video of the incidents to the Southeastern Conference.
“That’s already in the works,” Miles said. “Not only did TV catch that but was something that we caught and sent in. I’m certain the conference will do the right thing.”
Day served a first half suspension last season against Troy after stomping a defender during the Auburn game.
Day addressed the situation in an open letter to Mississippi State fans on his Twitter account.
“Dear Bulldog fans,
I met with Coach Mullen regarding the two plays Saturday night that I have been wrongfully accused of intentionally stomping on players. Ever since I started playing football I was always taught to hustle to the ball, and never give up on a play. You never know when the ball carrier will break loose and you can make another block or if a fumble may happen. It is essential to follow the ball. In the two clips, you can see I am doing just that. On the first one, it was just me running down the field to try and make a play. I made contact with the defender and I released him to not draw another penalty as I hustled to the ball. Dak hit the hole and I kept running to him hoping he would break the tackle and once I realized he was down, I was going too fast at 300 pounds to stop. I had all that momentum running, and tried to clear the pile after not being able to stop. I jumped and the defender rolled where I was coming down at. I had no chance to stop.
On the second clip, it was a similar situation. It was a play where I was hustling to the ball hoping we didn’t fumble, but if we did I would be able to recover it, and if he broke loose I would be there to protect him and possibly make a block. I was running full speed to the ball and once I saw him completely down I tried to pull up and the momentum carried me across the pile. When I jumped to clear the pile, the ball carrier’s momentum carried the tackle forward. I misjudged the distance and didn’t even know where I was going to land.
Here at Mississippi State, our coaches do not condone or allow illegal conduct. We are held to the highest standard both socially and athletically on and off the field. I never go into a game or play with the intention of hurting anyone. I apologize that it has been perceived that way. I try to give my all for my school and hustle to help us compete athletically on every play.