Wyatt talks MSU with Rotarians
Frank Chiles, left, takes a moment to visit with Matt Wyatt before the start of the monthly Rotary meeting. Wyatt was the guest speaker for July. (Photo by Angela Carnathan, SDN)
Former Mississippi State quarterback Matt Wyatt is going to have plenty to say this fall about the Bulldogs on the football field.
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As a member of the MSU football radio crew, Wyatt looks forward to sharing his views on the action that takes place this season with the public.
Wyatt practiced on the Starkville Rotary Club Monday at the Starkville Country Club. He gave a preview of what to expect out of the Bulldogs in 2011.
After his time as the MSU signal caller from 1996-99 and playing one year professionally overseas, Wyatt knew exactly what he wanted to do to stay close to the game.
The opportunity to do that through the avenue of radio has been welcomed by Wyatt. He joins veteran Jim Ellis in the booth this fall.
"I love it," Wyatt said. "It's what I've wanted to do. If I couldn't play, I wanted to be a broadcaster or analyst. When I was a kid, I'd tape and watch a lot of games. I'd study it.
"I may not have been the greatest athlete, but one of the advantages I had was that I understood it. I watched the game and studied film. It's what I do and a part of me as much as anything."
Wyatt talked very little about himself while addressing the Rotarians Monday, but decided to give his thoughts on the keys for the Bulldogs to be successful.
He focused on the offensive line with the departure of offensive tackle Derek Sherrod, the first-round NFL pick of the Green Bay Packers, the status of the defensive lone with the loss of defensive end Pernell McPhee, and the standing at linebacker after K.J. Wright and Chris White left.
Once completing a short overview of the MSU squad, Wyatt took several questions and admits he doesn't have all the answers.
"What radio people, talk-show hosts and broadcasters don't say enough is I don't know," Wyatt said. "Sometimes you've got to be able to say that you don't know. We can say this could have happen or that could have happen, but I'm not really sure. This is my opinion, but this is what it looks like to me. People get so caught up on having to be right or having to be wrong that sometimes you lose credibility. Sometimes you have to be credible in saying I don't know."
Whether he's right or wrong about everything or not, Wyatt is anxious to do the best he can to describe what he's seeing accurately.
"There will be a lot of interest for sure," Wyatt said. "It's a neat time to be on the crew with the fanbase and excitement growing. There's anticipation after having a good year and everyone expects a good year this year.
"For me personally, that and being a part of the crew, it's fun looking forward to this year. September can't get here quick enough."