December 1, 2011

Elliott reflects on MSU career

Robert Elliott was one of the most sought after players on Mississippi State's roster.

The former four-star running back out of Okolona was involved in of the most publicized recruiting battles in Mississippi back in 2007. However four games into his career a knee injury seemed to derail a once promising career.

Elliott went down during the LSU game as a redshirt freshman in 2008 and missed the remainder of that season. He has returned and played in every game since for the Bulldogs but never seemed to regain the same spark that made him the No. 11 running back in the country coming out of high school.

"I don't feel like (the injury) held me back any," Elliott said. "It was a blessing in disguise. I feel like I'm back at 100-percent. I'm just going out there and doing whatever coach needs me to do."

Elliott has found most of his playing time on MSU's special teams units and has just 134 career carries for 540 yards and two touchdowns. He has also caught 12 passes for 134 yards.

Those numbers were not the results some fans expected from Elliott after rushing for over 5,000 yards and 51 touchdowns in high school. He admits though that he had no preconceived outlooks on his career with the Bulldogs.

"All my expectations were to come out and do the best that I can do and give 100-percent," Elliott said.

Elliott along with fellow senior running back Vick Ballard are facing their final game at State. However, Elliott does not feel their departure will have that big of an impact on the Bulldogs running game in the future.

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