FULTON -- The No. 7 Copiah-Lincoln Community College scored 13 points in the fourth quarter Thursday night to rally for a 26-14 victory against Itawamba C.C. in the season opener for both teams.
SCOOBA -- It was a typical summer for Wyatt Roberts replete with another quarterback competition at East Mississippi Community College. Another big-name transfer from a Division I power arrives on campus and is penciled in as the starter by fans and media. Roberts, a sophomore quarterback from Louisville High School, is probably shorter than what he is listed as (6-foot) on the EMCC football team's roster. When John Franklin III, a transfer from Florida State and an All-Atlantic Coastal Conference track performer, arrived in Scooba, Roberts elevated his play. He did so with the intent to play a key role in EMCC's march to history this season. Roberts started that journey on a strong note Thursday, running for a touchdown and throwing for another in No. 1 EMCC's 69-20 victory against Southwest Mississippi C.C. at Sullivan-Windham Field.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College freshman running back Jacquez Horsley has never doubted his athletic ability. He has doubted whether he could stay healthy enough to realize the depth of that talent. Injuries put a major damper on each of Horsley's final two seasons at Starkville High School. Those setbacks also might have played a role in his lack of major Division I offers, so signing with the state of Mississippi's premier junior college program was in his words "a chance to re-start my career." The opening act of the new career was a smash hit.
SCOOBA -- Having played football his entire life, East Mississippi Community College defensive lineman Ronald Ollie knows the length of a football field. However, Ollie had never really thought about how much of that field he could cover with the other team in pursuit in live action. Ollie returned a fumble 24 yards for the go-ahead touchdown Thursday night at Sullivan-Windham Field. From there, the floodgates opened as No. 1 EMCC beat Southwest Mississippi C.C. 69-20 in the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) season opener for both teams.
STARKVILLE -- Jamaal Clayborn is finding the move from right guard to center to be more than just putting the ball into the quarterback's hands. The Mississippi State junior has taken on a leadership role at his new position. Before he snaps the ball to quarterback Dak Prescott, he has to make sure everybody is on the same page.
STARKVILLE -- Dez Harris isn't like most football players. The Mississippi State sophomore linebacker didn't hang his head after seeing his redshirt freshman season end last year with a torn anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
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SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore running back D.J. Law admits he was disappointed when Division I football wasn't in his immediate post-high school future. The hurt lingered for a while. After a couple of months, he decided it was best to make the most of his new football home. EMCC reaped the immediate rewards of that decision.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- Alabama and LSU each placed 10 players on the coaches' preseason All-Southeastern Conference teams, while Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott was named first team quarterback.
STARKVILLE -- For the first time in program history, the Mississippi State football team has eclipsed the 50,000 mark in season ticket sales, the MSU Athletic Ticket Office announced Tuesday.
STARKVILLE - Ryan Brown's main position while growing up in Louisiana was running back.
STARKVILLE - First-year Mississippi State volleyball coach David McFatrich sees a career in volleyball for senior Emily Howard.
STARKVILLE -- Freshmen usually have two schools of thoughts when it comes to their first college football season. They either want to play right away or they want to sit out the first season and be redshirted. Mississippi State junior linebacker Richie Brown fell in the latter category and was redshirted as a freshman. He said it was one of the best things that could have happened to him.
SCOOBA - East Mississippi Community College coach Buddy Stephens knows what kind of player he's getting when they played at Starkville High School.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State redshirt freshman linebacker Gerri Green already is drawing comparisons to a former Bulldog linebacker. Even though Green hasn't played for the Bulldogs, many think he is similar to Benardrick McKinney. "It's a great compliment," Green said. "B-Mac (McKinney) was a great player. To be anything like him would be a good accomplishment. Being compared to him and the things that he did here, that is a big compliment."
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball player Xavian Stapleton will be out six months after he suffered a knee injury earlier this week in practice. According to a school press release, the 6-foot-6 Flora native, who transferred to MSU from Louisiana Tech and was going to have to sit out this season, tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee Monday in a pickup game. He will have knee surgery in September.
STARKVILLE -- A day after unveiling its non-conference schedule, the Mississippi State women's basketball team found out it will have 10 television appearances, including two ESPN2 games, as part of its Southeastern Conference slate released by the league office Thursday evening. After closing the non-conference schedule Dec. 30 against South Florida in the SEC/AAC Challenge, MSU will return to the Sunshine State on Jan. 3, 2016, to begin league play at Florida on the SEC Network.
OXFORD -- The opening of the $95 million Pavilion at Ole Miss and a 29-game slate featuring 17 home dates and an appearance on ESPN2 highlight the 2015-16 Ole Miss women's basketball schedule released by coach Matt Insell on Thursday. Ole Miss will play host to eight SEC foes, including 2015 NCAA tournament Final Four participant South Carolina and Mississippi State and Texas A&M.
FULTON -- Ladarius Gallion figured out quickly what it was going to take to excel in college. "I had to get bigger, faster, and stronger," said Gallion, a former standout at West Point High School who is now sophomore defensive lineman on the Itawamba Community College football team. "In high school, you are the big guy. Here, you are simply one of the big guys. I slimmed down a lot and put the weight where it needed to be most. You learn so much when you play junior college ball. It's an exciting time knowing your sophomore year is your last year here, so it's a big year."
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State junior safety Kivon Coman doesn't hide the fact that he's a leader.
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