STARKVILLE -- It didn't take the summer for Dominique Dillingham to realize 1,000 shots isn't very many.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Fred Ross has become Dak Prescott's favorite target this season.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott saw one streak come to an end, but increased another streak Saturday night.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Even though Mississippi State found itself down in the second half, the Bulldogs were able to shift some momentum to their side.
ATHENS, Ga. -- With its season in the balance, No. 13 Alabama had quite a response on Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Ketara Chapel can mix it up in the paint. But the 6-foot-1 forward knows there is a difference between the level of physicality between forwards her size and centers who are several inches taller and who have significantly more girth to wield against anyone who dares traipse into their lane. That's why Chapel can't help smile when she is asked to describe the battles Chinwe Okorie and Teaira McCowan have had in recent Mississippi State women's basketball pickup games or workouts.
STARKVILLE -- Brock Dulaney always knew he wanted to be involved with athletics, particularly the college game. Dulaney said his wife, Michelle, joked with him about "not ever leaving college." But Dulaney wouldn't want to work anywhere else, and couldn't imagine himself working at a 9-5 job.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team is looking to go 2-for-2 in its first back-to-back Southeastern Conference road trip. Last week, MSU beat Auburn 17-9 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. No. 21 MSU (3-1, 1-1) will complete its first two-game road trip of the season at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network) against No. 14 Texas A&M (4-0, 1-0) at Kyle Field. Since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012, the Bulldogs are 1-2 against them. The series is tied 4-4, and the teams are 1-1 in College Station, Texas. MSU won 6-0 in 1913, while Texas A&M won 51-41 two seasons ago.
ELLISVILLE -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore Dario Robinson admitted he had nerves before his first plays on defense in a junior college game. "My teammates were getting me hyped," Robinson said. "My guys on the defense even told me I was going to intercept a pass. I didn't believe them."
ELLISVILLE -- East Mississippi Community College coach Buddy Stephens called his rushing attack "a three-headed monster" earlier in the season. On Thursday night at Bobcat Stadium, one monster was enough to get the job done. Freshman Isaiah Wright enjoyed his first three-touchdown rushing night as No. 7 EMCC rolled over Jones Junior College 49-7 in its final non-division game.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama football coach Nick Saban believes Georgia's Nick Chubb and Sony Michel stack up well against any tailback tandem in the college game. For his part, Chubb figures No. 13 Alabama has "probably the best (front) seven in America." Those groups will collide -- a few dozen times, probably -- Saturday when No. 8 Georgia plays host to Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- Carly Mauldin never imagined she would play this big of a role as a freshman. As one of 10 freshmen new to the Mississippi State women's soccer team, Mauldin knew she was going to face plenty of competition. But the 5-foot-5 midfielder didn't care if she was one of only six players from the state of Mississippi on MSU's 25-player roster. Instead, the former West Jones High School standout took the opportunity she had to enroll early at MSU to set the stage for a memorable first season in Maroon and White. So far, things are working out better than Mauldin expected.
STARKVILLE -- Jazmyne Johnson feels the need for speed. More importantly, the junior middle blocker understands the importance of playing fast to the Mississippi State volleyball team. That was the edict first-year head coach David McFatrich established for the Bulldogs for the 2015 season. For a program that has had only eight winning seasons since its inception in 1975, change has been a frequent ingredient, so McFatrich's idea to increase the Bulldogs' tempo wasn't surprising.
STARKVILLE -- These are the games Taveze Calhoun and Will Redmond live for. After seeing mostly running teams through the Mississippi State football team's first four games, the senior cornerbacks are ready to play a pass-oriented offense at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network) when No. 21 MSU (3-1, 1-1 Southeastern Conference) faces No. 14 Texas A&M (4-0, 1-0) in College Station, Texas.
STARKVILLE -- Johnny Zuppardo is an unknown to many fans of the Mississippi State men's basketball team. The senior forward has yet to play a game for the Bulldogs. After graduating from St. Stanislaus, a Catholic day and boarding school for boys in grades 7-12 in Bay St. Louis, Zuppardo began his college career at Arkansas State in 2011-12. He appeared in 24 games and averaged 1.3 points and one rebound. He transferred to Southern Mississippi, but didn't play a game there after sitting out due to the NCAA transfer rules. He then transferred to Jones County Junior College, where he helped the Bobcats win the National Junior College Athletic Association championship in 2013-14. He transferred to MSU prior to last season, but he missed the campaign after tearing the meniscus and the anterior cruciate ligament in his left knee.
OXFORD -- The mutual respect between the receivers on the Ole Miss football team and Florida's secondary is obvious. The battle between these talented groups could determine which team wins the game when No. 3 Ole Miss (4-0, 2-0 Southeastern Conference) travels to face No. 25 Florida (4-0, 2-0) on Saturday. "That should be a fun matchup," Florida coach Jim McElwain said.
East Mississippi Community College is back on the other side of the feel good meter.
STARKVILLE -- First-year Mississippi State coach Ben Howland wouldn't have picked Eastern Washington to open the season with.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team finds itself cast in the unfamiliar role of underdog with something to prove. No. 13 Alabama, for so long accustomed to favored status every fall Saturday, will try to pull what odds makers say would be a minor upset when they play No. 8 Georgia at 2:30 p.m. Saturday (WCBI) in Athens, Georgia.
STARKVILLE -- The last three games between the Mississippi State and Texas A&M football teams have been high-scoring affairs. They might even be described as shootouts. Last season in Starkville, the Bulldogs won 48-31. In 2013 in College Station, Texas, the Aggies claimed a 51-41 victory. A year earlier, Johnny Manziel led Texas A&M to a 38-13 win in Starkville -- the most lopsided game since the Aggies joined the Southeastern Conference a little more than four years ago.
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