Greg Knox is a busy man.
The Mississippi State assistant coach is in charge of running backs and is the special teams coordinator.
That doesn't leave him much spare time during a 24-hour day.
"I'm up here a lot," Knox said with a smile. "I spend a lot of time doing it. It takes time and you have to be well organized. I have an assistant that does a great job for us."
Special teams struggled a good bit last season for the Bulldogs with missed field goals and a lack of explosiveness in the return game.
It has been a slow go, but Knox has seen improvement every day from his return guys.
"We've got a lot of work to do," Knox said with a laugh. "The guys have really bought into the technique and fundamentals that go along with the special team side of it. Every day we've been having some great meetings and I think they're beginning to understand the mental side of it."
Jameon Lewis, Will Redmond, Brandon Holloway, Cedric Jiles and former Starkville High School standout Gabe Myles have all gotten a look at returning punts and kickoffs.
Things are still not decided.
"It's open, so we're getting a lot of guys involved just to see what they can do," Knox said.Â
With LaDarius Perkins gone, there will be an opening at running back this fall.
The favorite seems to be junior Josh Robinson, but there are several players vying for that top spot.
Sophomore Ashton Shumpert has gotten some looks and senior Nick Griffin, who is finally healthy, has had a good spring.Â
"We've gotten a lot better with our technique and fundamentals," Knox said. "I told the guys I'm really proud of them for just taking control of the situation, as far as our leaders in the room and being very productive in all the little things. That's what this spring has always been about, just technique, fundamentals and doing the little things right."
Knox is hoping that Robinson takes over the leadership role that Perkins had the last couple of seasons.
"He's trying," Knox said. "He's not there yet, but he's trying. Again, that's all of them. They're trying to improve every day and the leadership role has got to continue to pick up and I think we're getting there."
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