Ricco Sanders and Les Koenning were walking together recently when they recalled August of 2009.
“We were walking down the all the other day, Ricco and I,” Koenning said, “and I said, ‘Ricco, about this time last year we were wondering if you were staying or going home.’ He said, ‘Coach, I know.’ I said, ‘Well, don’t feel bad. There were a lot of them that way.’ And he’s really stepped it up and done a really, really good job.”
Sanders, now a redshirt freshman for MSU, got over his homesickness, and sticking around is paying off. He’s been working with the first-team receivers and looks like someone who can be a significant contributor this season.
“I had to let it all sink in to get used to it and just adapt to it,” Sanders said.
“I think Ricco, he’s developed a lot in the offseason,” quarterback Chris Relf said. “We worked a lot of the time on passing, he came out there every day working hard. It seems like he really wants to play this season.”
Sanders didn’t join the team until August of last year, so that led to a redshirt year. The MSU receiving corps has struggled with depth since head coach Dan Mullen‘s arrival, but Sanders is helping solve that problem. He’s been making plays in practice, and he likes the potential of the receivers group.
“We’ve got a lot of guys that can play with us,” Sanders said. “It’s just that we’ve got to come together and learn our assignments together.”
• ON THE PRACTICE FIELD: After practicing twice yesterday, MSU will go once today, in the morning. This will be the Bulldogs’ 11th practice of preseason camp.