Pickens Academy football coach Josh Thacker knew he had some very valuable players to replace this season.
STARKVILLE - Technically, Mississippi State center Dillon Day doesn't have much to do this Saturday, the result of a one-game suspension handed down by the Southeastern Conference following a pair of in-game incidents in MSU's 34-29 win at LSU.
The gauntlet is down to six.
SCOOBA - D.J. Jones flashes a smile wider than the defensive tackle's 315-pound frame.
The national buzz has centered heavily on the Magnolia State this week.
Ole Miss has been waiting for a day like this for quite some time.
Arm strength. Poise. Vision.
With the Mississippi State football team's 34-29 win at LSU and subsequent bye week, the Bulldogs are one-third of the way through the season.
STARKVILLE - It didn't take long for Mississippi State's coaching staff to get its message across on Monday.
MACON -- Cupcakes create consistency.
With the Mississippi State football team's 34-29 win at LSU and subsequent bye week, the Bulldogs are one-third of the way through the season. All the early returns are good, as MSU has climbed to 4-0 and is No. 12 in The Associated Press Top 25. Here is a deeper look at each of MSU's position groups on offense and a grade for their work.
OXFORD -- Chucky Mullins would have loved the defensive effort the Ole Miss football team delivered Saturday night. On a weekend in which Ole Miss honored the late Mullins by renaming Coliseum Drive, which runs adjacent to Vaught-Hemingway Stadium, Chucky Mullins Drive, Ole Miss remembered Mullins by wearing throwback powder blue helmets it wore when Mullins played at the school in 1988-1989. But Mullins would have enjoyed the Rebels' defensive effort even more.
WEST POINT -- It may not have been the best double bogey World Golf Hall of Famer Pat Bradley ever made, but it likely was her most satisfying.
ALICEVILLE, Ala. -- The Aliceville High School football team unleashed its defense on Pickens County on Friday night. The Yellow Jackets forced three turnovers and rode a big offensive night from Jeremy McMullen en route to a 36-6 victory.
WEST POINT -- It's difficult to tell if someone is in better condition. Short of having them run gassers or do bear crawls, coaches have to trust their players are giving their best effort in practice so they are in the best physical shape to play in games.
Local College Briefly
WEST POINT -- What started out as a nightmare turned into the game of Oxford quarterback Jack Abraham's life. Abraham, a junior, passed for a season-best 391 yards and five touchdowns Friday night to help Oxford rally for a 43-22 victory against West Point at McAllister Field.
STEENS -- One interception can zap the life from a team that already is behind. Four will eliminate all hope.
Heritage Academy-Oak Hill Academy Breakout
1. Bulldogs ready to forget past, focus on Texas A&M COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Ole Miss overlooks hype, readies for No. 1 Alabama COLLEGE SPORTS
3. MSU gets good grades for first four games COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Unbeaten MSU receives high marks on defense COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Defense delivers dominating effort for Rebels COLLEGE SPORTS