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.
JACKSON -- Southern Miss receiver DeAndre Brown got the message. Tired of Brown's prima donna ways, Southern Miss coach Larry Fedora used the uncharacteristic tactic of publicly blasting Brown during a press conference last week, citing a lack of consistent effort.
STARKVILLE -- Through two games, Mississippi State's defense has taken a "fresh" approach to which players are in the game.
Sharon Fanning-Otis has assembled all of the pieces for the 2010-11 season. The Mississippi State women's basketball coach and her assistant coaches are evaluating those parts in preparation for the start of practice Oct. 5.
STARKVILLE -- Through two games, Mississippi State's offense has had performances at opposite ends of the football spectrum. In Mississippi State's 49-7 season-opening win against Memphis, backup quarterback Tyler Russell threw for four touchdowns and the team eclipsed 500 yards of total offense. But in a 17-14 loss to Auburn this past Thursday, Mississippi State was held to less than 250 yards of offense and left stewing about unforced mistakes in a game it believed it should have won.
When Columbus native Chuck Box was the baseball coach at Freed-Hardeman Univerity, he took the program to unprecedented heights. Box, a 1987 graduate of former Caldwell High School, coached the Lions from 1994-98 and again from 2003-04 with his 1996 team setting a school record with 36 wins and his 1997 team winning the TranSouth Conference regular season championship and finishing 44-10. For his contributions, Box was inducted into the Freed-Hardeman Athletics Hall of Fame this past Friday.
STARKVILLE -- There's consensus within Mississippi State's football team that wins will come when plays are made. The team derives confidence from knowing a key catch or sack will be the final step to winning big-time games. The coaches' concerns about players not being in position to make plays has decreased through the team's first two games, defensive coordinator Manny Diaz said Monday.
STARKVILLE -- Auburn overcame its own missed chances and a resilient Mississippi State defense to escape with a 17-14 win Thursday night. The anticipated shootout between two of the Southeastern Conference's highlight offenses from the opening week of the season never materialized as both offenses were held to less than 350 yards. Mississippi State's passing game accounted for just 129 of the team's 246 yards as quarterbacks Chris Relf and Tyler Russell looked nothing like they did a week ago against Memphis, when they combined to throw five touchdown passes.
STARKVILLE -- After lighting up the scoreboard against a woeful Memphis defense this past Saturday, much was expected in Act 2 of Mississippi State's burgeoning passing game. But on Thursday, the curtain came down on the aerial attack as soon as it took off when Mississippi State quarterback Chris Relf had his first pass dropped by wideout Chad Bumphis. Relf was off-targed on throws to several receivers, but wasn't aided by five drops, the final going through the hands of Leon Berry on the second-to-last play of the game in a 17-14 loss to Auburn.
STARKVILLE -- Auburn overcame its own missed chances and a resilient Mississippi State defense to escape Starkville with a 17-14 win Thursday night. The anticipated shootout between two of the league's highlight offenses from Week 1 never materialized, as both offenses were held under 350 yards.
Auburn visits Mississippi State looking to replicate the same offensive performance from their Week 1 blowout of Arkansas State. The Bulldogs' offense was just as efficient and explosive in their opening-day 49-7 win over Memphis. Here's some quick keys for MSU winning tonight's game.
Cameron Newton called it "probably one of the hardest decisions I've made in my recent life." It went beyond telling one of his closest mentors since high school, Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen, that he would sign with Auburn University instead of MSU this past winter.
STARKVILLE -- Cameron Newton gouged Arkansas State with runs and passes in an impressive debut as Auburn's starting quarterback. The former Dan Mullen pupil and Tim Tebow understudy at Florida had five total touchdowns and 357 combined yards in his first start as an FBS quarterback. Mississippi State's defense isn't naïve enough to think it'll shut down the Auburn quarterback or the dynamic skilled players around him in Thursday night's game at Scott Field.
It isn't hard to distinguish between Will Goodwin and the other students at Itawamba Community College. The freshman from Starkville Academy is the one being chauffeured in a golf cart across the Fulton campus from football practice to soccer practice. Goodwin is the lone kicker on Coach Jon Williams' football team and a forward on Coach Mike Sullivan's soccer team, and being escorted on a golf cart makes it easier for him to get to both team's practices.
STARKVILLE -- Tyler Russell's advent into college football was a reprieve for his lackluster play in Mississippi State's spring game.
STARKVILLE -- Brandon Heavens is no longer a secret. The sophomore wide receiver, who played sparingly last season, broke out Saturday with a five catch, 112-yard performance in the Mississippi State football team's 49-7 victory against Memphis.
STARKVILLE -- Efficient through the air and on the ground, Mississippi State ran riot Saturday in its season-opening 49-7 win over the University of Memphis. The Bulldogs racked up 569 yards of total offense, and redshirt freshman quarterback Tyler Russell tossed four touchdown passess in his MSU debut.
STARKVILLE -- With a short-week of preparation for Thursday's matchup with Auburn, Mississippi State needed to have a thorough performance against Memphis. The Bulldogs got it on both sides of the ball Saturday, but it was their defensive pressure in first-year coordinator Manny Diaz's system that helped add to the point total and lay the groundwork for Gus Malzahn and Auburn's dynamic offense.
When the Mississippi State and University of Memphis football teams square off Saturday, they'll do so with similar situations at quarterback. Memphis will debut first-year starter and sophomore Cannon Smith, whom first-year head coach Larry Porter hopes will play well enough to help the Tigers avoid having to use a multi-quarterback carousel like they did last season. MSU has a slight advantage, as junior Chris Relf scored seven touchdowns and finished second on the team in rushing last season.
Jon Williams wants to see how much his players have invested in this season. The first-year Itawamba Community College football coach will get to see how much his players have "bought in" to his system at 7 tonight when his team plays host to Hinds C.C.
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