Posted: 6:30 a.m. Thursday, Aug. 22, 2013
No one would question the fact that Gabe Jackson enters the 2013 season as the leader of the Mississippi State offensive line, but Dillon Day will play an important role in determining the success of that unit in 2013. Just a junior, Day already has 22 starts under his belt, and last year, he proved his mettle, holding off JUCO transfer Dylan Holley for the starting center position for the Bulldogs.
At 6' 4", 300 pounds, Day fits the mold of a center for Mississippi State. He has been a solid part of the Mississippi State offensive line for two years, and if the Bulldogs want to see continued success from the unit, he will have to continue to improve during the 2013 season.
Day, a two time member of the Remington Award Watch List, graded out at a champion level in ten of 13 games in 2012. He also gained a reputation for delivering a high number of pancake blocks to his opponents during the course of the season, with eight against Arkansas ranking as his season high.
Day, Jackson, and right guard Justin Malone will have to find a way to open up the middle of the line for Mississippi State's stronger runners and keep Tyler Russell looking clean for the Bulldogs to have a big year in 2013.