There are many reasons to believe Mississippi State will equal or exceed last season's success – 31 reasons, in fact. Here's Reason No. 8.
Tight end Marcus Green has missed the majority of two seasons during his MSU career due to injuries. But he's back at it this preseason and so far looks good. Question is: Can he remain healthy?
His most recent setback was knee surgery last October. After being limited in the spring, Green's been full go so far in preseason camp.
If he can stay healthy, Green gives MSU that extra option that coach Dan Mullen likes to have in his spread-it-around spread offense. At 6-foot-1, 240 pounds, Green has tight end size but can move and catch like a wide receiver. While he's played in only 16 games since arriving to MSU in 2007, Green is a veteran who knows how things work.
And when healthy, he's shown what he's capable of. Green played all 12 games in 2009 and was second on the team in receiving, making 27 catches for 306 yards and three touchdowns.
If Green is injured again, MSU is developing some promising tight ends in Brandon Hill and Malcolm Johnson. Both redshirted last season but have been impressive during the spring and preseason.