Countdown to Kickoff: 21 Days

We’re counting down to MSU’s season opener against Oklahoma State on Aug. 31, giving you a significant number to ponder as August trudges on. Today’s number is…

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21.

MSU returns a wealth of experience to its offensive line this season, and some of the experience comes in the form of junior center Dillon Day. The West Monroe (La.) product has made 21 consecutive starts, 22 total.

Day drew his first start in 2011, in the fourth game of the season versus Louisiana Tech. He drew another start two games later and hasn’t given up the job since. He’s graded out a champion 14 times in his career, including 10 of 13 games last season.

The 6-foot-4, 300-pound Day has a mean streak on the field, and you can read about that in the story I did on him today. He’s developed a strong connection with senior quarterback Tyler Russell and embraces the extra responsibility that comes with being an SEC center.

It’s not the position Day played in high school. He was a tackle at West Monroe, leading the Rebels to the Class 5A state championship as a senior. He could’ve been a tackle or a guard at State, but he proved to be a good successor to J.C. Brignone and held off a juco transfer, Dylan Holley, for the job last year.

I am the online content coordinator for DJournal.com. Previously at the Journal, I covered Mississippi State athletics (2008-13), high schools (2004-08), and was on the copy desk (2002-04). I'm working on a recipe for bacon-flavored coffee, which would solve all the world's problems.

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