When Kenyan Drake gets the ball and some running room, Alabama linebacker Reggie Ragland can't resist taking a peek. Drake has resumed his role as one of the second-ranked Crimson Tide's playmakers, whether he's returning kicks, running or catching the ball. So far, he's been worth watching.
STARKVILLE -- There's a reason Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott isn't running the ball as much this season. The past two seasons, Prescott showed his versatility throwing and running the ball. As a sophomore, he ran for 829 yards and 13 touchdowns. He followed that season up by rushing for 986 yards and 14 touchdowns last season. Entering this season, Prescott had rushed for 1,913 yards and 31 touchdowns in his three-year career. Through two games, he has 18 carries for 53 yards. He is tied for the team lead in carries with Ashton Shumpert. Each player has accounted for 33.3 percent of MSU's 54 carries. Even though Prescott remains a focal point of the Bulldogs' running game, he acknowledged he has matured at the position and is more comfortable staying in the pocket and going through his reads.
SCOOBA -- Allenzae Staggers did a little of everything in his All-State career at Wilkinson County High School. Even now, the East Mississippi Community College sophomore wide receiver is broadening his horizons. Staggers earned Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges Special Teams Player of the Week honors after returning two punts for touchdowns in EMCC's 69-0 victory against Coahoma C.C. on Thursday night in Scooba. It was his first action as a kick returner in a football game.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen was pleased with the execution from his offense on the final drive of a 21-19 loss to LSU Saturday night. Trailing by two, the Bulldogs took over at their 11 yard line with 1 minute, 32 seconds remaining. Senior quarterback Dak Prescott was 5 of 8 for 55 yards and moved his team to the LSU 29-yard line.
STARKVILLE -- Following one of the best summers in the 125-year history of the program, Mississippi State baseball coach John Cohen announced his team will play 19 fall instrasquad scrimmages at Dudy Noble Field starting today. All scrimmages are free and open to the public. Today's game is scheduled to begin around 5 p.m. For fans attending MSU football's game against Northwestern State this Saturday, the Diamond Dawgs will scrimmage at 11 a.m. at Dudy Noble prior to football team's 3 p.m. kickoff.
FULTON -- Josh Williams always has been an integral part of his football teams and always has led by example. Now a freshman at Itawamba Community College, the former Aberdeen High School standout is trying to find a new way to lead. "This is a totally different game," Williams said. "It's unique when you are used to playing and being out there for every snap in a game. As a quarterback, you are naturally the leader. I have always taken pride in being a leader. You can lead even when you aren't starting. Right now I am trying to take it all in and learn a little more every day. You can still be a leader while you are learning."
Becoming the first Southeastern Conference football team to score 70 or more points in back-to-back games hasn't fazed Ole Miss. Instead, the Rebels are taking their good start in stride. The first two weeks won't have any bearing this week when No. 15 Ole Miss (2-0) faces No. 2 Alabama (2-0) in the SEC opener for both teams. Kickoff is set for 8:15 p.m. Saturday (ESPN) at Bryant-Denny Stadium in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
OXFORD -- After playing the nation's toughest schedule in 2015, the Ole Miss baseball team will have another challenging 56-game schedule as the Rebels announced their 2016 campaign Monday morning. The regular season kicks off with Florida International coming to Swayze Field for a three-game series, Feb. 19-21, and culminates when the Rebels hit the road to battle Texas A&M three months later (May 19-21) in the final games prior to starting postseason play with the SEC tournament (May 24-29).
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State women's basketball team is ranked No. 8 in Lindy's Sports 2015-16 College Basketball Preview issue that hits newsstands today. The top-10 showing follows a No. 6 rating from Athlon Sports last week.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen hates losing. It didn't matter that No. 25 MSU trailed No. 14 LSU 14-3 at halftime and 21-6 at the start of the fourth quarter started. A 13-point final stanza put the Bulldogs in position to tie and win the game, but Devon Bell missed a 52-yard field goal as time expired in a 21-19 loss before a crowd of 62,531 at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball freshman forward Aric Holman will have knee surgery this week, the school announced Sunday afternoon.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team didn't have a problem stopping the run last week against Southern Mississippi, allowing 102 yards and making a goal-line stand in a 34-16 victory. But things changed in a big way Saturday, as MSU couldn't stop LSU's running game, especially sophomore Leonard Fournette, in a 21-19 loss at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- There were several times in the first half Saturday night when Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott put his hands up in frustration. It was easy to see why because the Bulldogs couldn't find a rhythm on offense against a very tough LSU defense. MSU gained only 109 yards of total offense, while Prescott had 71 (88 passing yards, -17 rushing yards) in the first 30 minutes. As a result, MSU trailed 14-3 at halftime. Prescott and the No. 25 Bulldogs turned it around the second half with 269 yards of offense, but it wasn't enough as Devon Bell missed a 52-yard field goal as time expired to give the No. 14 Tigers a 21-19 win.
OXFORD -- Chad Kelly's brilliant passing performance provided evidence that Ole Miss' quarterback race has ended. Now the junior has the offense on a roll entering next week's Southeastern Conference showdown against Alabama. Kelly threw for 346 yards and four touchdowns, including three to Quincy Adeboyejo, to lead the No. 17 Ole Miss football team to a 73-21 victory against Fresno State on Saturday.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team emphatically brushed aside any fears of getting toppled or needing a great escape like other Southeastern Conference Westeren Division powers, and appears to have found a No. 1 quarterback in the process. Jake Coker passed for 214 yards, all in the first half, and Derrick Henry ran for three touchdowns to lead No. 2 Alabama to a 37-10 victory against Middle Tennessee on Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Aaron Gordon believes in his players. A four-goal performance against Nicholls State last week and an effort Monday that generated a lot of scoring chances but resulted in a scoreless tie against Southern Mississippi left the Mississippi State women's soccer coach feeling good about where his team is as it enters its Southeastern Conference opener against Vanderbilt (3-3) at 7 tonight in Nashville, Tennessee. The match will be available online via SEC Network + and for those with WatchESPN access.
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.
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