STARKVILLE -- Morgan William is learning the enormity of what the word "captain" encompasses. Last week, the Mississippi State sophomore learned that women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer had named her captain of the 2015-16 team. After not having a captain for his first three seasons at MSU, Schaefer felt the time was right to show his 5-foot-5 point guard how highly he thinks of her by giving her the responsibility of being an even bigger team leader.
STARKVILLE -- There's no doubt Bill Martin always will have a place for purple and gold in his heart. The Mississippi State assistant athletic director for media relations and the main contact for the Bulldog football team attended LSU for six and a half years while finishing his undergraduate degree. After completing an internship at Florida in the spring of 2008, he returned to his alma mater in the summer of that year as the No. 2 football contact and the women's basketball sports information director.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College quarterbacks won't have any problem finding a wide receiver this season. At times, it's hard narrowing the options to one because the Lions have plenty of weapons on the outside. That was evident Thursday, as Wyatt Roberts and John Franklin III found eight wideouts and one running back in No. 7 EMCC's 69-0 victory against Coahoma C.C.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore wide receiver Allenzae Staggers received some alarming news Sunday during film session. "Coach pulled me aside and told me I would be fielding punts (Thursday night)," Staggers said. "In all my years of playing football, I had never done that. I didn't tell coach that. I just knew this would be another opportunity, so I decided to go with it." After seeing a 25-game winning streak snapped in an overtime loss at Copiah-Lincoln C.C., EMCC coach Buddy Stephens knew some changes were in order.
STARKVILLE - First-year Mississippi State defensive coordinator Manny Diaz doesn't want all the blame placed on the secondary for the passing yards given up last week against Southern Mississippi.
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STARKVILLE - Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott is glad his team's not in LSU's shoes.
STARKVILLE -- Entering the Mississippi State football team's game against Southern Mississippi, Brandon Holloway and Gabe Myles made a bold prediction. "We were looking good on kick return," said Holloway, a junior running back. "We talked the whole week we were going to return (one) for a touchdown. It was going to be the first."
OXFORD -- It's hard to get too excited about any statistics from the No. 17 Ole Miss football team's lopsided victory against Tennessee-Martin on Saturday. But one number did catch the attention of coach Hugh Freeze: The Rebels averaged nearly 10 yards per rushing attempt and had five players run for at least 40 yards in the 76-3 victory against the Skyhawks
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team's offense had a new look on the field and on the sideline. No. 3 Alabama adjusted to life without some of the top playmakers from last season and with Jake Coker taking most of the snaps at quarterback against No. 20 Wisconsin. Alabama also broke out a variety of placards to signal in plays, ranging from the Seattle Supersonics logo to the Tasmanian Devil.
HATTIESBURG - A.J. Jefferson had a feeling the Mississippi State football team's defense was capable of shutting down an opponent's running game. The junior defensive end was proven right Saturday night in a 34-16 season-opening victory against Southern Mississippi, as the Bulldogs allowed 102 yards rushing and met every rusher with a hard hit.
HATTIESBURG - In the past four seasons, the Mississippi State football team's offense grew accustomed to Malcolm Johnson making big catches at tight end.
ARLINGTON, Texas -- Derrick Henry is transitioning into the role as the featured back for No. 3 Alabama, and Jake Coker got the first shot as the new starting quarterback.
HATTIESBURG - Mississippi State sputtered its way to a season-opening football victory Saturday night.
OXFORD -- Robert Nkemdiche got a huge thrill as he rumbled 31 yards down the sideline for his first career touchdown during No. 17 Ole Miss' 76-3 victory against Tennessee-Martin. But the 296-pound Nkemdiche -- whose day job is defensive lineman for the Rebels -- knows someone who was even more elated: his mother, Beverly.
STARKVILLE -- Many Mississippi State fans don't know Jon Clark, but they probably have seen him on television. The assistant athletic director of football operations doesn't have many gameday duties, but he is on the sidelines for every game and is charged with the responsibility of attempting to restrain coach Dan Mullen when he disagrees with a decision made by an official. He will resume the duty at 9 p.m. Saturday when MSU kicks off the season against Southern Mississippi in Hattiesburg. Fox Sports 1 will broadcast the game live.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State first-year men's basketball head coach Ben Howland said Thursday freshman Joe Strugg will be out least two months. "We found out this morning that Joe Strugg has long-term issues with the bones in his shins," Howland said.
WESSON -- The streak is over. When Jaquarius Landrews intercepted a Wyatt Roberts pass and then fell to the turf, one of the biggest celebrations in the history of H.L. Stone Stadium took place. No. 4 Copiah-Lincoln Community College defeated No. 1 East Mississippi C.C. 31-24 in overtime before a capacity crowd Thursday night. The celebration included players, coaches, and fans flooding the field. The loss snapped EMCC's three-season winning streak at 25 games. The Lions fell one win shy of matching the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) record for consecutive wins. EMCC's last loss was a 47-46 setback to Co-Lin in the semifinals of the Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state playoffs in 2012.
STARKVILLE -- Dionnah Jackson understands what goes into being a "master teacher." Jackson earned that distinction when she was a player for coach Sherri Coale at Oklahoma. Coale bestowed that title on her players when they earned the responsibility to be instructors at the women's basketball team's camp. Now Jackson hopes her decision to join Vic Schaefer's coaching staff at Mississippi State will help her continue on the path so she ultimately will be recognized as a "master coach."
STARKVILLE -- Aaron Gordon has seen the improvement. Gordon and his coaching staff have reconfigured the Mississippi State women's soccer program to add depth, to improve conditioning, and to bolster the overall skill level in their first two full seasons so that the Bulldogs look completely different from when he arrived in Starkville from Texas Tech in 2012.
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