Dillon Day, C

School: Mississippi State  |  Conference: SEC
College Experience: Senior  |  Hometown: West Monroe, LA
Height/Weight: 6-3 / 301 lbs.
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Combine Results
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Workout Results
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Player Overview

With flowing blonde hair, a body type filled with ink and mean-spirited toughness, Day has the looks accustomed to a member of a biker gang, but those features also served him well as a four-year starting center in the SEC.

He relied on drive and competitiveness to get the job done in Starksville, although he lacks ideal athleticism, power and technique for the next level. If Day can improve his reaction quickness to reset his anchor and hands, he might be able to find a home at the next level as a back-up interior lineman.

Day saw immediate playing time at Mississippi State in 2011 and proved himself ready for SEC snaps, finishing the season as the starter at center. Day started all 13 games as a sophomore center in 2012 and started 12 of 13 games as a junior in 2013. He started 12 games as a senior captain in 2014, missing one game due to suspension after a stomping incident.

Strengths Weaknesses

STRENGTHS: Adequate size dimensions for an interior lineman with good height and length, carrying his weight well. Hard worker in the weight room, adding 70 pounds since high school. Can get to the second level with body control and enough mobility to be a factor away from the line of scrimmage. Sets up quickly and looks to win with positioning off the snap.

Aggressive hand use to grab and control when he's in position. Focuses on the details with a proper understanding of angles. Top-shelf competitor with a MAN (mean and nasty) attitude. Smart on and off the field, graduating in three-and-a-half years. Hustler and prides himself as a finisher. Four-year starter in the SEC (46 career starts) and senior captain in 2014.

WEAKNESSES: Light anchor and doesn't play with sand, allowing himself to be put on skates. Needs to generate more pop at the point of attack and better time up his punch. Overeager blocker and unlocks his hips too early.

Lack of lateral range can be exposed in space with lackluster mirror skills. Needs to do a better job sustaining and marrying his feet with his limb movements to stay off the ground. Struggles to adjust to counter moves, displaying some joint tightness when trying to redirect his momentum in tight spaces. Needs to polish his fundamentals and keep his hands/elbows inside.

Has the rep as a dirty player after a Sept. 2014 stomping incident at LSU (suspended one game by the SEC). All of his experience has come at center and he never earned All-SEC honors as a four-year starter.

--Dane Brugler

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09/29/2014 - Mississippi State's Day suspended for stomp...Mississippi State senior center Dillon Day was suspended by the Southeastern Conference for stomping on an LSU player during Saturday night's game in Baton Rouge, La. The SEC announced the punished on Tuesday. Day will sit out the Bulldogs' Oct. 4 game at home against Texas A&M. Day, who started 12 games for Mississippi State last season, missed one game in 2013 after he was suspended for the same reason -- stomping on an Auburn player. "This action is the result of multiple flagrant and unsportsmanlike acts during the game, as well as previous disciplinary action for similar behavior," SEC commissioner Mike Slive said. "This action is taken in accordance with Southeastern Conference Constitution.

"Article 4.4.2 (d) which states that a student-athlete may be suspended if it is determined that the student-athlete has committed a flagrant or unsportsmanlike act." Day wrote a letter of apology to Mississippi State fans that was posted on social media Monday. In it, he contended that he was "wrongfully accused of intentionally stomping on a player." He said he was hustling on the play and unable to slow down in time to avoid the misstep. Video appeared to indicate that landing on another player was avoidable, leading to the SEC's decision. - The Sports Xchange



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