STARKVILLE – During the SEC’s media days back in July, Sylvester Croom admitted he was worried if anyone would step up and be the type of leader he needed.
On Sunday, his concerns magnified following what he deemed a bad first practice.
Two days later, though, his tone changed dramatically.
On Tuesday, the fifth-year Mississippi State coach said he finally saw guys step up and emerge as leaders.
Jessie Bowman was one. So was Dominic Douglas, as well as Tim Bailey.
All three are starters on defense and enter the season with high expectations from their respective positions.
“These guys set themselves apart,” Croom said. “But we need more.”