Offseason spotlight: Mississippi State

Mississippi State is next up on our offseason spotlight:

Spotlight: Running back Nick Griffin,6-0, 215 pounds, rising sophomore

2011 summary: He dealt with a knee injury during the spring and played sparingly last fall. He carried the ball just 16 times for 108 yards and a touchdown.

The skinny: Griffin's knee injury was a setback, but he should be fine for his fierce battle with LaDarius Perkins for the No. 1 running back spot. Out of all of the Bulldogs' running backs, Griffin is the closest thing to Vick Ballard. He can take a carry for a long gain and can also grind it out to get the short yards. For Griffin, he needs to take full advantage of the extra carries he receives this offseason. Griffin also needs to outwork Perkins, and show that he has the playmaking ability that the coaches expect to see from him. Obviously, Griffin will need to be careful with his knee, but he can't be hesitant this spring or during summer workouts. The thought is that Griffin has what it takes to be a special player in this league, and he'll get another shot at showing it this offseason.