By Logan Lowery
STARKVILLE – De’Runnya Wilson has had a busy freshman year.
The 6-foot-5, 215-pounder appeared in all 13 games for Mississippi State as a wide receiver catching 26 passes for 351 yards and three touchdowns. Wilson also walked onto the basketball team after he completed his football duties playing in seven games scoring six points and grabbing 11 rebounds.
Wilson left the basketball team prior to the SEC tournament to recover a slight groin injury before spring football practice began.
“As far as his transition, he was in shape from basketball,” said wide receivers coach Billy Gonzales. “Obviously now he’ll get a chance to get bigger, faster and stronger with us with football speed. But his mentality and attitude have been awesome and is everything that we need.”
The former Alabama Mr. Basketball only played one year of high school football at Wenonah (Ala.) but adapted well to the college game and is running with the first team offense this spring.
“Coming in last year I was still learning the game of football,” Wilson said. “It was a new experience for me. Now I know my role and have got it down pat. I know what the team needs me to do and what I’m capable of doing.”
Wilson has not decided if he will continue the two-sport route in the future.
“Right now I’m just focused on football,” Wilson said.
Former Ole Miss head coach and USC interim head coach Ed Orgeron was a guest at the Bulldogs practice on Thursday.
Orgeron was the keynote speaker at the annual Coaches’ Clinic for high school football coaches.
“He was obviously one of the top D-line coaches in the country with all the great D-lines he had at Miami,” Mullen said. “He was the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach at SC and had success there with some national championships. Last year, he did as good a job as a head coach as you’ll find. It’s a hard situation to take over and to do the job that he did was amazing.
“These high school coaches get to see somebody that has had the success in every phase as a position coach, head coach, coordinator and assistant head coach. He’s had a lot of titles and roles and still had success and is a guy I have tremendous respect for and I think is a fabulous football coach.”
Orgeron was on staff with Bulldogs offensive line coach John Hevesy at Syracuse in 1997 and even worked with Mullen for two days with the Orangemen before leaving for his first stint at USC.
MSU will hold its first scrimmage in Davis Wade Stadium Saturday at 11 a.m.
The scrimmage is open to the public and is the first of three scheduled this spring.