“I don't think the defense likes it too much, but I really don't have a choice. I'd rather be doing that than not doing it.”
RECORD KEEPING: MSU OPENERS
The Bulldogs are opening against a ranked opponent for the seventh time in school history.
Previously, it hasn't gone well, with MSU 1-5 and riding a five-game losing streak in such matchups.
The Bulldogs are 11-19 in openers against teams from BCS conferences. They are 4-4 in openers against BCS squads not in the SEC.
NEW TAILBACK, SAME APPROACH
The Cowboys will feature a new, albeit familiar face at tailback in Jeremy Smith.
Having played understudy to Joseph Randle the past two seasons, Smith gives the position a slightly different look.
And yet, OSU offensive lineman Parker Graham said he expects more of the same in terms of production.
“I don't think it's any different,” Graham said. “Jeremy's a good back, he's been playing here the past couple of years and proving that. He's gotten dinged up every now and again, but he's kept coming back and he's kept getting stronger.
“He's a guy who will run over you, will run around you …”
And Graham said there's much to like about Smith off the field.
“He's kind of a quiet guy, but Jeremy's one of the funniest guys on the team,” Graham said. “He laughs at everything. You can get him to smile at just about anything, and he's got one of those $100 million smiles.
“And he's one of the nicest guys on the team. If I had a little sister, I would want her to date a guy like Jeremy. He definitely brings character to this football team.”
BY JOHN HELSLEY AND BERRY TRAMEL