STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) — Mississippi State is expecting quarterback Dak Prescott to have an all-Southeastern Conference caliber season in his first full year as the starter.
Judging from his performance last year, that's certainly possible. But he's going to need some help.
That's where guys like Josh Robinson, Jameon Lewis and Jamaal Clayborn become very important. Robinson moves into the starting running back role after backing up LaDarius Perkins last season while Lewis returns after leading the team with 64 receptions for 923 yards.
Clayborn is one of two new starting offensive linemen. The 6-foot-4, 315-pound sophomore is a prime example of coach Dan Mullen's ability to take lightly-recruited players and turn them into quick contributors.
Clayborn's main job: Protecting Prescott, who is a huge contributor in both the running and passing game.