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Playing Physical and Smart

Redshirt freshman defensive end Nick Bell was rated a two-star recruit by Scout.com coming out of high school. After redshirting his true freshman year, he is playing like a three-star or four-star prospect, having played in all four games this season, even earning a start in one game. And he's earned that playing time by doing exactly what the Mississippi State coaches have asked of him.

"The coaches basically said they really want me to play physical and play good assignment football," said Nick. "If you can do those two things you are going to be ok around here." After backing up junior defensive end Brandon Cooper in the Jackson State and Auburn game, Nick got his first start in the Vanderbilt game. And it's very possible he may...

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