September 7, 2011

Senior season finally underway for Antoine

Mississippi State commitment Quadry Antoine has been anticipating the start of his senior season for a while now.

But Tropical Storm Lee had other ideas.

Belle Chasse's season opener was cancelled due to inclimate weather Friday night and postponed until Monday. But the delay had little effect on the outcome as the Cardinals claimed a 47-20 win over South Plaquemines.

"Our defense only allowed 121 total yards - 123 passing and negative-two yards rushing," Antoine said. "So we started off pretty good. As a matter of fact, that's one of the biggest rivalry teams that we have on our schedule this year."

Antoine also got off to a solid start individually recording six tackles and a pass breakup. On offense he rushed four times for 12 years in the win.

This week Belle Chasse has a quick turnaround hosting McDonogh on Friday. The Trojans are 0-1 after dropping their opener 57-0 to West Jefferson.

"We are expecting to see them run the ball a lot," Antoine said of McDonogh. "Their running back is alright but as a team they are kind of young. We're probably just going to run through them. I'm looking for them to run the ball a whole lot and we're most likely going to stack the box with our linebackers and linemen and play a lot of man coverage on the outside."

Just before fall camp began, Antoine had the opportunity to visit Mississippi State for the third time and take in Big Dawg Camp in late July.

"It was a great experience," Antoine said. "I got a feeling of what my future college is like. I went against great competition and some different type receivers - some were 6-3 receivers and some receivers were small. I went and saw things that I hadn't seen on my two previous visits. It was great because I got the feeling of playing in an actual college football stadium. That made it fun and a great experience."

With the Bulldogs home opener against LSU being played on a Thursday night Antoine will not be able to attend. He does however have three games for sure planned to be at Davis Wade Stadium for - South Carolina, Alabama and Ole Miss.

The 6-foot-1, 210-pound safety has kept in close contact with fellow MSU commitments Torrey Bell and Ryan Brown. Antoine and Brown will meet on the gridiron on Oct. 8 while Bell came to cheer on his future teammate Monday night.

Antoine committed to the Bulldogs on June 6 over offers from Arkansas, Arkansas State, Memphis, North Texas, Oregon State, Pittsburgh, Southern Miss and Western Kentucky. Despite his decision, three of those programs are still in pursuit.

"I have Oregon State, Arkansas and Pittsburgh still trying to talk to me," Antoine said. "They are the three teams that still keep coming back. Just like I tell Coach (Dan) Mullen, my commitment is final. I'm staying with Mississippi State because I feel like they have the best fit for me and they have nothing to worry about."

Antoine is ranked the No. 23 player in the state of Louisiana.

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