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Howland excited to have Nebraska coming to Starkville

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It started with a phone call to an old friend, Mark Boehm. Boehm and Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland knew each other from Howland's days as men's basketball coach at Pittsburgh from 1999-2003. When Howland saw the opportunity to get a waiver from the NCAA to play an extra preseason scrimmage, he called Boehm, who is now in the athletic department at Nebraska.

 

SEC QBs show growth in 2017

Posted yesterday in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Southeastern Conference suffered plenty of growing pains at quarterback in 2016. In a year in which 10 league schools broke in new starters the average quarterback rating for the conference, 131.35, would have ranked 65th in the nation.

 

Couch wants to make most of his chances at WR

Posted 10/19/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Statistically, the Mississippi State football team ranked in the top half in the Southeastern Conference last week prior to its game against BYU.

 

Williams emerges as force for Starkville High's defense

Posted 10/19/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville High School football team has plenty of go-to players. Coach Chris Jones doesn't hesitate to call on any of those playmakers on offense. On the other side of the football, Starkville defensive coordinator Kevie Thompson has one player he looks to when he needs a play to be made. In those cases, Thompson looks to middle linebacker Jacob Williams and says "stop the bleeding."

 

Hudson column: Howland looks for experience to pay dividends this season

Posted 10/17/2017 in Local Columns

At the lowest of times, it was a statement of the unfortunate fact; in others, it was reason for optimism for the future. In either case, every time Mississippi State men's basketball coach Ben Howland said it -- and he said it often -- it was true.

 

Walk-on Wednesday: O'Connor wins clothing battle on most Saturdays

Posted 10/17/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- As soon as Logan Burnett heard the word, 'interesting,' he pulled out his phone and went to Instagram.

 

MSU expects to face versatile threat in Kentucky QB

Posted 10/17/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Of all defensive coordinators qualified to discuss quarterbacks who are difficult to sack, Todd Grantham has to be near the top of that list.

 

Williams capable of being MSU's workhorse RB

Posted 10/17/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Chris Chambless knows Aeris Williams' durability better than most. The West Point High School football coach saw Williams work at practice on a daily basis. He also watched Williams carry the football 22 carries per game as a junior and a senior.

 

Balance on offense fuels MSU's victory against BYU

Posted 10/16/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- With Elgton Jenkins in front of him and Aeris Williams walling off a defender to his right, Mississippi State quarterback Nick Fitzgerald took off down the right side.

 

Bryant's interception helps MSU regain control of rope

Posted 10/14/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Once again, Dan Mullen was talking about the rope. Mississippi State's football coach has taken to using a rope as a training mechanism and metaphorical device. A player grabs a rope and fights against a strong force trying to pull the rope from his grasp. It's an exercise of strength, but it means more than that.

 

Defense, Harvey provide sparks for Starkville

Posted 10/14/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Defensive coordinator Kevie Thompson isn't hard to pick out on the Starkville High School football team's sideline. More times than not, Thompson is the one flying through the air pumping his fist and creeping onto the field more than officials would like him to. Thompson wasn't the only one who had that energy Friday night.

 

Myles' return means a lot to MSU WRs

Posted 10/14/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Gabe Myles' return to the Mississippi State football team wasn't quiet -- not that anyone expected it to be. "Gabe ain't shut up since he's been back," MSU wide receiver Donald Gray said.

 

MSU dominates BYU

Posted 10/14/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Nick Fitzgerald rushed for two touchdowns in the first half, and Brandon Bryant's fourth-quarter interception helped seal the Mississippi State football team's 35-10 victory against BYU on Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium.

 

Bulldogs look for spark in kick return game

Posted 10/13/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- A safety gave the Mississippi State football team its first shot to return a kickoff in 2017. Late in the first quarter against Charleston Southern, Donald Gray took a kickoff for 52 yards to set up a six-play touchdown drive. MSU hasn't had a return like that one since Gray's effort.

 

Growth of Gibson, Hill adds depth to MSU backfield

Posted 10/13/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State has three running backs with at least 20 carries through five games. Dontavian Lee isn't on that list, but the 6-foot-1, 235-pound junior is still listed as the second-string back. Lee has played in every game, so he hasn't been forgotten, but the growth of Nick Gibson and Kylin Hill has added to the Bulldogs' depth in the backfield.

 

Gardner seeing bigger role in Starkville's offense

Posted 10/12/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- Chris Jones' quick scouting report on Cameron Gardner was simple: The tools are there, but the statistics aren't. The Starkville High School football coach was certain that would change.

 

MSU secondary trying to improve its numbers

Posted 10/12/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Interceptions are a sore subject for the Mississippi State football team. Ask cornerback Jamal Peters and position coach Terrell Buckley about interceptions and they immediately say the same thing -- "We don't have any" -- while losing all expression in their faces.

 

Sweat enjoys role as pass-rushing specialist for Bulldogs

Posted 10/10/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Montez Sweat's ideology is pretty simple: "See ball, get ball." If he's being honest and the opposing offense does what he hopes, it's probably more like see quarterback, get quarterback.

 

MSU Walk-on Wednesday: Burnett takes thrift store approach to build successful business

Posted 10/10/2017 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The newest Mississippi State football t-shirt craze is originating from inside its locker room.

 

Construction at Dudy Noble changes fall routine for baseball team

Posted 10/10/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Going up the stairs from the home dugout at Dudy Noble Field isn't going to get one very far. A staircase that used to take one directly onto the turf field in foul territory now is just a few feet away from a temporary fence that shields construction crews from the newly planted grass.

 

 

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