A freshman spends the first year of his college career away from the game field. It's an adjustment many players haven't had to make since their freshman season in high school, if at all.
With five games matching ranked teams and conference play now in full swing, the first weekend of October was bound to give the national championship race a good shake.
STARKVILLE -- After three months of waiting for the NCAA to rule on his fate, Mississippi State junior point guard Dee Bost was reinstated Wednesday.
STARKVILLE -- Pernell McPhee's statistics through four games don't reflect how vital he has been to the Mississippi State football team's defense.
Perrance Ward isn't sure where his next step will take him.
Dee Bost's bid to regain college eligibility has taken longer than anticipated, and the process is wearing on him, according to a teammate.
STARKVILLE -- When Manny Diaz took over as co-defensive coordinator of the Mississippi State football team, his goal was to get his players to fly to the football without hesitation.
A day after Mississippi State's galvanizing win over Georgia, head coach Dan Mullen has plenty to build upon.
Mississippi State's football team recaptured its form against Georgia on Saturday, riding a familiar formula for a 24-12 win.
Trailing on the road against one of the best quarterbacks in the nation, No. 1 Alabama escaped by doing what it does best: making big plays on defense and giving the ball to Mark Ingram.
There would be no second-half collapse for the Mississippi Rebels. Brandon Bolden made sure of that.
Entering Saturday's game, Derek DePasquale had attempted just two of MSU's 10 kickoffs this season.
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.