The position entering the 2016 season with the least amount of experience for Mississippi State is at tight end.
True sophomore Justin Johnson is the only battled tested tight end for the Bulldogs having played in 11 games last year and made five receptions.
Joining Johnson from MSU’s 2015 signing class is Farrod Green, who redshirted his initial year on campus. Both instantly became leaders at tight end when Darrion Hutcherson graduated and Gus Walley was forced to hang up his pads after a series of concussions.
For Green, he was thrust from being a member of the scout team to one of the primary players at the position.
“It was a big change going from the scout team and jumping in with the twos,” Green said. “I’m just trying to learn everything that I can. I’m really thinking about (starting) right now, I’m just trying to learn as much as I can from Justin, a guy that played before me last year.”
The duo was joined by a pair of true freshmen – Dontea Jones and Christian Roberson – in the spring and a fifth – juco transfer Jordan Thomas – during the summer.
With the position wide open entering fall camp, it has created quite a contending atmosphere within the tight end room.
“It’s very competitive,” Green said. “We push each other every day in everything we do – to learn the plays, in the weight room, everywhere.”
For Green, he put on 15-pounds during his redshirt year all the while decreasing his body fat in the process and enters the fall at 6-foot-3, 232-pounds.
Redshirting also gave Green a different mentality in his approach to football. He was accustomed to being a three-way standout at Wesson Attendance Center.
As a senior, Green caught 25 passes for 409 yards and eight touchdowns and rushed 16 times for 51 yards. Defensively, he made 22 tackles with one forced fumble and an interception. He also averaged 29.6 yards per kickoff return for the Cobras.
“The redshirt year helped me a lot,” Green said. “Coming out of high school, everybody wants to play. So it really humbled me. I learned a lot and it matured me a lot.”
Green flew under the radar in recruiting, choosing the Bulldogs over an offer from Alcorn State but believes he is in a program along with a coach that fits him best.
“I’m happy where I’m at,” Green said. “I wouldn’t want to play for anybody other than coach (Dan) Mullen.”