MACON -- This season, everything is different for Noxubee County quarterback Maliek Stallings.
Dontae Gray has had success with a simple, straight-forward mind-set, so he sees no point in changing now.
STARKVILLE -- In Todd Grantham's first months as Mississippi State's defensive coordinator, the program has learned there are two versions of him. There's the Grantham often captured by television cameras, roaming the sidelines with intensity oozing from every pore, then the one in the meeting room that's far from menacing.
By now, you know what we do on Wednesdays. Let's get it.
WEST POINT -- Kenzie Jukes looks quite stylish in her hot pink Crocs. Adorned with a button of a yellow smiley face with sunglasses and another of Piglet, the best friend of Winnie the Pooh, Jukes is feeling more comfortable every day she wears the synthetic fiber clogs with a strap around the ankle and holes in the front.
While most see the gaudy numbers, DJ Sanders sees a chance to get better. Sanders' take on her 2017 season -- one that saw her lead the nation in runs per game, home runs, home runs per game, RBIs, RBIs per game, total bases, and slugging percentage at the completion of regular-season play -- offers a glimpse into why the former New Hope High School product has become one of the country's best softball players at Louisiana-Lafayette.
STARKVILLE -- Starkville High School's Natrone Brooks hasn't taken any classes in leadership. However, the senior defensive back has seen what works and what doesn't.
SCOOBA -- When the number flashed on his phone, Cliff Collins knew who was on the other end. After eight seasons as defensive backs coach at East Mississippi Community College, Collins felt like a major part of the Lions' football family. After one season as an assistant coach (defensive backs) at Jackson State, Collins is back in Scooba as the new defensive coordinator.
CALEDONIA -- Volleyball coaches will tell you two sets don't get you all the way home.
After watching the largest senior class in program history leave the locker room, one might be worried about the Columbus football team.
NeSmith Late Model drivers will be happy to see Spencer Hughes leave the class.
WEST POINT -- The yellow towel was in its customary spot in his left pocket. A wristband with this season's signs fit nicely in a familiar place on the left wrist. The only thing that looked out of place in Sammy Lindsey's wardrobe Saturday morning was the color.
STARKVILLE -- Tom and Russ McReynolds aren't looking for world dominance just yet. For now, state dominance will do just fine.
WEST POINT -- Anna Grace Reed knows she is a work in progress at catcher. When you have played behind the plate for a year-and-a-half, there are bound to be things that are going to give you problems. In Reed's case, Oak Hill Academy fast-pitch softball coach Mitch Bohon is going to be happy to be the voice in her ear to remind her what she needs to do.
WEST POINT -- When the recruiting process gets to be too much, West Point High School senior Marcus Murphy can't go to his mother for shelter.
STARKVILLE -- Matt Glover saw Nick Gibson run three plays in eighth grade. The Pinson Valley High School football coach watched Gibson go 80 yards for a touchdown run on the first one, but a holding call negated the score.
STARKVILLE -- The first thing Andy Cannizaro learned about Trevor Fitts, his new director of baseball operations, was he very much had the program's alumni on his side.
OXFORD -- Ole Miss released the names of 12 boosters Friday the NCAA claims provided impermissible benefits and recruiting inducements to football players.
WEST POINT -- The numbers are there for Rob Barron. Now the Starkville Academy fast-pitch softball coach can begin the building process he hopes will help make the program competitive after a year without having a team.
STARKVILLE -- Timid isn't a word that is usually associated with Victoria Vivians.
1. EMCC coach Wallace pleads guilty, given probation COLLEGE SPORTS
2. Woodard II enjoys action-packed summer HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. A son's actions make his father proud LOCAL COLUMNS
5. Peters finds home at cornerback for MSU COLLEGE SPORTS