2014 Rimington Award Watch List
2012 SEC Academic Honor Roll
2011 SEC Academic Honor Roll
CAREER: One of the nation’s top centers who enters his senior season as a candidate for the Rimington Trophy ... Named to the 2013 preseason Rimington Trophy Watch List recognizing the nation’s top center, his second-consecutive season to be named to the list ... Has played in all 39 games of his career, including 34 games as the starting center ... Named an Honorable Mention Freshman All-American by Scout.com after his first season on the field with the Maroon and White ... Excelled as a scout team and reserve offensive lineman during his redshirt season ... Member of the 2011 and 2012 Fall SEC Academic Honor Roll ... Graduated from MSU in the summer 2014.
2013 JUNIOR SEASON: Started 12 games and played in all 13 contests at center ... Did not start against Troy ... Helped MSU to one of its best offensive seasons in program history, averaging 434.4 yards per game, which shattered the single-season record of 422.0 yards in 1982 ... Opened lanes for 29 rushing touchdowns this season, which ranked second in school history and two shy of the school record ... Gave pocket protection for the Bulldogs to average a school record 244.5 passing yards per game ... Provided time and space for 23 MSU total touchdowns during SEC games, the second most under a Dan Mullen-coached squad ... Capped the year with a dominant performance against Rice in the Liberty Bowl (12/31) as the squad racked up an MSU bowl record 533 yards of total offense ... At Arkansas (11/23), provided time for the quarterbacks to throw for 174 yards in the opening half, tied for the second most in a game on the year ... Opened holes for 556 yards of total offense at Texas A&M (11/9), the most ever during an SEC contest under Mullen ... Created space for MSU to gain 447 yards of total offense against Kentucky (10/24) ... Helped the Bulldogs convert 10 third-down attempts versus UK, their most since 10 at UK in 2012 ... Against LSU (10/5), opened holes for five rushes of 20 or more yards during the game’s 36 carries ... Helped MSU to 45 points in the first half against Troy (9/21), the most in a half in the modern era (since 1950), and the second-most ever
2012 SOPHOMORE SEASON: One of just eight sophomores that were named to the 2012 Rimington Trophy Watch List, given to the nation’s best center ... Started all 13 games at center, grading out a champion in 10 of the 13 games ... Part of an offensive line that gave up the second-fewest sacks in the SEC (29th nationally) ... Graded out at a career-high 97 percent in the SEC-opening win against Auburn, while also recording six pancake blocks ... Registered a career-high 12 pancake blocks and recorded an 81 percent grade in the road opener at Troy ... Graded out at 83 percent with five pancake blocks in the win vs. South Alabama ... Tallied six pancake blocks and an 85 percent grade in the road win at Kentucky ... Graded out at 85 percent with four pancake blocks in the nationally-televised home win over Tennessee ... Recorded a grade of 84 percent with six pancake blocks in the homecoming win vs. MTSU ... Graded out at 81 percent with five pancake blocks at Alabama ... Registered a grade of 92 percent with eight pancake blocks in the home triumph vs. Arkansas ... Graded out at 80 percent in the regular-season finale at Ole Miss in the Egg Bowl … Graded out a champion in the Bulldogs’ finale vs. Northwestern in the Gator Bowl, helping State to 186 yards on the ground.
2011 TRUE FRESHMAN SEASON: Started nine games at center and appeared in all 13 games ... Started at center the last eight games of the season ... Graded out a champion four times (Kentucky, UT Martin, No. 3 Alabama, Wake Forest) ... Recorded 31 takedowns on the season, including a season-high six vs. Louisiana Tech ... Blocked for a running back who finished fourth in the SEC in rushing, while giving up the fifth-fewest sacks in the league ... Aided an offensive line that helped the 2011 squad reach the top 10 in school history for single-season marks in passing touchdowns, passing completions, total yards and first downs ... Helped an offensive line that tallied multiple rushing touchdowns in games against Memphis, Auburn, Kentucky, UT Martin, Ole Miss and Wake Forest ... Blocked for an offense that scored 50-plus points twice in the same season for the first time since 1914 (four), and only the third time in school history (1907, twice) ... Part of an offensive line that paved the way for running back Vick Ballard to rush for a career-high 180 yards against Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl ... Saw playing time in the season-opening win at Memphis, where he helped Ballard run for 166 yards and three scores, a performance that earned Ballard SEC Player of the Week ... The game also saw the offense set the school record for total offense in a game (645 yards).
HIGH SCHOOL: Played offensive tackle for the late head coach Don Shows at Louisiana powerhouse West Monroe, helping lead the Rebels to a state championship appearance his junior year and the 5A state title his senior campaign ... West Monroe finished the 2009 season 15-0 and ranked No. 9 nationally, defeating Archbishop Rummel 30-0 in the title game in the Louisiana Superdome ... Rated a two-star prospect by Rivals.com.
PERSONAL: Born Dillon Anthony Day on Oct. 17, 1991 ... Son of Marc and Diane Day ... Earned his bachelor’s degree in clinical exercise physiology in the summer 2014.