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Bulldog Football Notebook

Darius Slay

HARD DAY'S NIGHT: No, not really, though Tobias Smith was enjoying himself when asked about his long evening of work. "Yeah, I got about a hundred or so snaps, I'm pretty worn!" The true tally was eight snaps, total. But it was eight more snaps than the senior guard got in ten games of 2011.

In fact Smith's opening-night stint against Jackson State was longer than he lasted before a week-three injury against LSU last year. Ligament surgery and cautious rehabilitation kept the blocker regarded as Mississippi State's best out of spring action, and he was protected a lot in preseason as well. But for the first real game there he was back in the starting lineup at right guard. And... Recommended Stories