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MSU's receivers growing into roles

Posted 10/8/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State senior quarterback Tyler Russell always gathers the new and freshmen wide receivers to give them a piece of critical advice.



Petal High WR Jackson commits to MSU

Posted 10/8/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The parents of Petal High School receiver Jesse Jackson told him he didn't have to wait to make his college choice.



Former Bulldog Slay learning lessons in NFL

Posted 10/7/2013 in Local Sports

GREEN BAY, Wis. -- Darius Slay his rookie season in the NFL would be easy. Slay has learned the hard way it isn't.



Mullen credits LSU for performance on offense

Posted 10/7/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen said Sunday he didn't see a lot of missed assignments in the secondary after he watched the film of the Mississippi State football team's 59-26 loss to LSU on Saturday.



Alabama showcases youth in latest victory

Posted 10/7/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The youngsters and reserves took over for much of No. 1 Alabama's game against Georgia State, and it wasn't just about emptying the bench in a blowout win.



LSU shreds MSU's defense, pulls away in fourth quarter

Posted 10/6/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The drama all week and Saturday leading up to kickoff didn't matter. The buzz surrounding who Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen would pick to play quarterback failed to derail a LSU offense that made sure the Tigers earned their 21st victory in the last 22 games against the Bulldogs.



MSU doesn't announce starting quarterback

Posted 10/6/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- At every home game of Dan Mullen's 55 previous games as Mississippi State football coach, the school announced a starting quarterback. The streak stopped Saturday.



Mettenberger continues to ace NFL auditions

Posted 10/6/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Zach Mettenberger set himself apart Saturday as arguably the most dangerous pocket passer to face Mississippi State since Dan Mullen took over the Bulldogs program.


Early promise turns into disappointment in rout

Posted 10/6/2013 in Local Columns

Entering Saturday's game against No. 10 LSU, Mississippi State's defense was a source of optimism. The Bulldogs were ranked second in the Southeastern Conference in total defense and third in pass defense. They can't say that anymore.


Auburn edges No. 24 Ole Miss

Posted 10/6/2013 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- Auburn's Nick Marshall can't be judged only by his passing yards. The Tigers are using Marshall's legs to regain respect in the Southeastern Conference.



Statistics don't work out for Ole Miss

Posted 10/6/2013 in College Sports

AUBURN, Ala. -- Statistics. They are a big part of any football game. Statistics are kept in just about every category imaginable in college football today. A quick look will normally give you a good idea of who controlled a football game and won it.



Alabama displays deadly passing game

Posted 10/6/2013 in High School Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- While the rest of the country has transferred its offensive mind-set to the hurry-up, no-huddle offense, Nick Saban and the Alabama Crimson Tide have kept their game plan the same.



McCarron nearly perfect in Alabama's rout of Georgia State

Posted 10/6/2013 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The ball seldom hit the ground, regardless of which Alabama quarterback was throwing the passes. The top-ranked Crimson Tide's defense also held its third-straight opponent out of the end zone.



Defense brings Carter, Schaefer together at MSU

Posted 10/6/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Some people belong together. Savannah Carter sensed when she first saw Vic Schaefer that she shared a love for hard-nosed, aggressive play with the coach nicknamed "Secretary of Defense." At the time, Schaefer was an associate head coach at Texas A&M, but Carter realized she would like playing for a coach who enjoyed defense as much as she did.



New Hope strikes back, beats Center Hill

Posted 10/6/2013 in High School Sports

There's a time to creep and a time to strike. The key for a quarterback and a coach is to recognize when you need to make the call to capitalize.



MRA cruises past Starkville Academy

Posted 10/6/2013 in High School Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Starkville Academy football team ran into a buzz saw Friday night.



Heritage Academy rallies to beat Washington School

Posted 10/6/2013 in High School Sports

On a night when offensive yards were tough to come by, the Heritage Academy football team notched a hard-earned 14-7 comeback victory against previously unbeaten Washington School.



West Point's rally falls short vs. Clarksdale

Posted 10/6/2013 in High School Sports

WEST POINT -- Football is a unique game in many ways. The shape of the football is just one of those ways. While almost all other sports use a round ball, football uses an oblong ball that is affectionately referred to as a pigskin or a tater (potato). The technical term for the shape of a football is a prolate spheroid.



Starkville's defense up to challenge vs. NW Rankin

Posted 10/6/2013 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School defensive coordinator Brooks Oakley admitted before his team's game against Northwest Rankin that he had no idea what kind of offense he and the Yellow Jackets would see. It didn't matter.



Brown, Columbus get key region victory

Posted 10/6/2013 in High School Sports

Columbus High School senior Corey Brown knew he and his defensive mates needed to play batter. Smith made sure that happened Friday night.



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