Saulsberry Becomes a Leader

Now entering his third year as a starter, junior left guard Quentin Saulsberry is growing into his talent. And as I write in today’s Daily Journal, he’s becoming a leader on an offensive line full of veterans.

Center J.C. Brignone is the anchor, and left tackle Derek Sherrod is the most talented, but Saulsberry sees his role as helping along the younger players. He remembers what it was like a few years ago.

“Sometimes I’ll pull some of them to the side and just tell them to keep a good attitude, stay focused,” Saulsberry said. “Sometimes they get homesick, just being away from home, not getting that home-cooked meal every day. It’s different. It’s growing into a man.”

Offensive line coach John Hevesy talked about how much of a high-enery guy Saulsberry is, and how sometimes his enthusiasm needs to be reigned in. A good problem to have, and Hevesy sees great potential in Saulsberry.

“He could be a great player,” Hevesy said. “He’s got to learn to control that emotion, to know when he’s got to do things the way others have got to do things.”

An AP story examines the quarterback situations at each of the state’s Division I-A schools. … As reported yesterday, MSU has added UT-Martin to its 2011 football schedule. … MSU resumes practices at 6 p.m. today.

FAN DAY AUG. 28: In case you missed my tweet about it yesterday, MSU has announced that its Fan Day for the football team will be Saturday, Aug. 28 at the Palmeiro Center. Doors open at 11 a.m., and players and coaches will be available for autographs from noon-2 p.m.

It’s free and open to the public. Fans can enter throug the east entrance of Palmeiro, and the coaches and players will autograph one item per person.