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.
Don't let Bre'Amber Scott smile deceive you. While some coaches have watched the facial countenance of the 5-foot-11 guard from Little Rock Central (Ark.) High School and questioned whether she is serious about playing basketball, Ed Durham knows Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer wasn't fooled. In fact, Durham said Schaefer knew right away Scott could fill an important role in his program.
STARKVILLE -- Aaron Gordon has plenty of reasons to be optimistic. The Mississippi State women's soccer team loses only four players from last season. The Bulldogs also boast a 29-player roster that includes three seniors, 10 juniors, eight sophomores, and eight freshmen. Forward Mallory Eubanks, the team's leading scorer (10 points in 2015), is part of that junior group, which is the largest of any Gordon team at MSU.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College defensive coordinator Ed Holly didn't need a road map to find Scooba when accepted his present position. Holly's third stint as a member of the Lions' coaching staff begins Sept. 1 when No. 1 EMCC takes on Jones Junior College to open the 2016 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) regular season.
STARKVILLE -- Jamal Peters didn't care he was fresh out of high school and playing Southeastern Conference football for the first time.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen has a specific mold in mind when he recruits a quarterback. Running a spread offense, the quarterback has to be more than a thrower. They have to run the ball, too. Mullen had that with Alex Smith at Utah, Chris Leak and Tim Tebow at Florida, and Dak Prescott at MSU.
Matt Insell has a little more time to work on his golf game. Don't blame the Ole Miss women's basketball coach, though, if he loses his concentration on the links and thinks ahead to the start of the 2016-17 season. The Rebels' performance on a 10-day trip to Costa Rica has the fourth-year coach eager to begin another campaign.
Bret McCormick and Dan Olson agreed Monday that Bre'Amber Scott's verbal commitment to the Mississippi State women's basketball team gives coach Vic Schaefer another talented wing player for the Class of 2017.
SCOOBA -- After last season's disappointing ending, players and coaches at East Mississippi Community College have talked about the anticipation for a new season. That excitement rose a notch Monday when the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) ranked EMCC No. 1 in the nation in its preseason poll.
Marcus Wood might have used another hour to rave about Wyatt Roberts if given the opportunity. The East Mississippi Community College football offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach saw Roberts develop into a playmaker at quarterback the last two seasons. Although overshadowed by talented teammates at the position and not being as highly recruited as others, Roberts never gave in. That's why he was elated Sunday when he learned Roberts, who played at Louisville High School, joined the Mississippi State football team Sunday. A MSU team spokesperson confirmed the move.
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