STARKVILLE -- Even with an on-going quarterback battle, Dan Mullen was in a good mood Monday. The Mississippi State football coach joked with the media when the subject of who will be his team's starting quarterback cam up. Mullen announced that "Nick Williams" will be the starting quarterback, a play on the names of sophomore Nick Fitzgerald and junior Damian Williams.
After months of offseason speculation involving a NCAA investigation of the program, the Ole Miss football team is ready to get down to the business of playing games on the field. No. 11 Ole Miss will open the regular season at 7 p.m. Monday against No. 4 Florida State (ESPN) in Orlando, Florida. Ole Miss coach Hugh Freeze met the media Monday and was bubbling with the usual game-week optimism.
STARKVILLE -- Gerri Green was ready to be Richie Brown's backup at middle linebacker.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football senior defensive lineman Nick James was arrested early Sunday morning, Oktibbeha County Chief Deputy Chadd Garnett confirmed.
STARKVILLE -- Greg Knox knows how important his position group will be this season. The Mississippi State football running backs coach is getting his guys prepared for more of a run-oriented offense. With the loss of quarterback Dak Prescott, MSU coach Dan Mullen said the Bulldogs may try to run the ball more.
FULTON -- It seemed like everything had changed when former West Point High School standout Kadarius Forside returned to the Itawamba Community College practice field prior to the start of the 2016 season.
STARKVILLE -- For three years, Nelson Adams was the only Adams on the Mississippi State football team. Coming out of Brandon High School, Adams signed with MSU and redshirted in 2012 before playing as a redshirt freshman and sophomore. Gearing up for his junior season in 2015, Adams knew he was going to have additional family support after his younger brother, Fletcher, signed with MSU in February of 2015.
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. -- The Mississippi State, Ole Miss, and Alabama football teams placed 22 players on the Preseason Coaches All-Southeastern Conference Team, the league office announced Thursday morning.
HOUSTON -- The Alabama football team matched Clemson with nine players on the watch list for the 2016 Rotary Lombardi Award, announced Thursday by the Rotary Club of Houston.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team will be without its two projected starting cornerbacks. Senior Tolando Cleveland (torn anterior cruciate ligament in left knee) will miss the season and senior Cedric Jiles (broken right arm) will be out for the first half of the season, MSU football coach Dan Mullen announced Wednesday.
STARKVILLE -- Aaron Gordon could tell Mallory Eubanks wasn't convinced. Two years ago, the Mississippi State women's soccer coach was trying to explain the benefits of high pressure to his standout forward, but Eubanks didn't see the point if her efforts weren't helping the Bulldogs win possession of the ball.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team was going to have to replace several positions as the 2014 season drew to a close. One of the biggest was center. Dillon Day, who won a Super Bowl ring with the NFL's Denver Broncos last season, was a four-year starter at center. He was one of the best centers in the Southeastern Conference, and the Bulldogs had a comfort level with him standing over the ball.
STARKVILLE -- Logan Cooke isn't a fan of sitting on the bench.
MEMPHIS, Tenn. -- Former Starkville High School and New Hope High quarterback Brady Davis will have to wait another year to begin his college career.
STARKVILLE -- Justin Johnson had different experiences the last two summers. Last summer, Johnson arrived at Mississippi State as a wide receiver out of Hoover (Ala.) High School. In training camp, Johnson moved to tight end and had to adjust to a variety of new responsibilities, including a different blocking scheme.
SCOOBA -- Even though he has played football for virtually his entire life, East Mississippi Community College freshman quarterback Timorrius Conner is still learning.
STARKVILLE -- Josiah Phillips' journey to the Mississippi State football team is almost unbelievable.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland's biggest concern is experience entering his second season as the Mississippi State men's basketball coach. In addition to losing five seniors, standout freshman Malik Newman transferred to Kansas. The departures leave Howland with three players -- point guard I.J. Ready, guard/forward Quinndary Weatherspoon, and forward Aric Holman -- who played on last season's team.
STARKVILLE -- Coming out of junior college, Donald Gray thought his skills were going to translate well to the Division I level. After a stellar season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Gray joined the Mississippi State football team in the spring of 2015. He had big plans for his first season, and thought he could show up and rely on his athleticism. Gray learned a valuable lesson after a few games.
STARKVILLE -- Jamoral Graham thought offense was where he was going to fit in when he signed with the Mississippi State football team in February 2014. The Newton County High School standout was a reserve wideout in his first season at MSU. He also was used as a punt returner on special teams. But his time with the offense ended after his freshman season. Last spring, he began the transition to cornerback.
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