The top-ranked University of Alabama football team inserted a few blue-chip recruits, some longtime backups and a healthy Dont'a Hightower into the defense. And voila, the Crimson Tide once again has been shutting down opponents. Now that rebuilt defense gets to prove its mettle over the next three weeks.
When Southern Miss quarterback Austin Davis was sidelined for the last eight games of the 2009 season because of a foot injury, he tried to take advantage of the new perspective.
The visiting Lions of East Mississippi held Itawamba scoreless in the second half en route to their first win of the year with a 37-10 division triumph over the Indians Thursday at Lambert Stadium on the ICC campus.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team has allowed fives sacks in three games, but linemen and coaches agree there's plenty to fix before Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Players say they aren't feeling the effects of all of the turnover and uncertainty in Mississippi State's men's basketball program.
Donnelli Johnson had a choice to make. The former East Oktibbeha County High School standout could have done what a lot of individuals in his position would have done and played back-to-back seasons at East Mississippi Community College. But Johnson realized there was a bigger picture.
STARKVILLE -- Caitlin Rance loves a challenge. Like most hitters, her biggest obstacles usually come at the net reading a block or when she is trying to deliver a kill.
It's easy for Tevin Blanchard to attract attention. At Aberdeen High School, the 6-foot, 170-pounder earned All-District and second-team All-State honors in football and helped the boys basketball team win the Class 3A state title in 2008.
Jessee Mims has always felt comfortable on the soccer field. Mims' skills on and off the ball as a midfielder allowed her to make a difference in a match and feel like she was a contributor.
Mississippi State's defensive players, despite having just four sacks entering Saturday's game against Georgia, feel like they're settling into State's pressure-based scheme.
The University of Mississippi wasn't expected to have an incredible football team this season after losing multiple star players to the NFL.
Mississippi State's offensive line has placed greater emphasis on improving communication to shore up protection issues.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team isn't panicking despite committing eight turnovers in its past two games. Even coming off a dismal offensive performance Saturday in a 29-7 loss at LSU that exposed protection issues and poor decision-making from both quarterbacks, coach Dan Mullen and the players insist consistency is the missing link.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Mark Ingram barely even felt like he played a football game when he woke up Sunday after the top-ranked University of Alabama football team beat Duke, much less like a guy who was returning from knee surgery.
Mississippi State's football team had several areas contribute to its 29-7 loss to LSU, but turnovers were the repeated nails in the coffin Saturday.
trick Peterson's remarkable interceptions gave a boost to the star cornerback's Heisman Trophy credentials and took the pressure off LSU's inconsistent offense.
For his first two months as Vanderbilt University's new football coach, Robbie Caldwell was only known for his jokes.
Mark Ingram took his first handoff of the year and darted nearly 50 yards. Later, he went the other direction and dashed another 50.
STARKVILLE -- If there was a loss that stood out the most to Mississippi State football fans in 2009, it was the home defeat to LSU. The 30-26 loss could have been the Bulldogs' first win against the Tigers since 1999. The sequence of events in the final minute of the game, however, made the result the most distinguishable of MSU's seven defeats last season.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Will Lowery's view of the University of Alabama football games has changed. The sophomore walk-on wasn't sitting in the stands cheering when a Crimson Tide defensive back made a potential points-saving interception on national television against Penn State. He was the one making the play.
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