STARKVILLE -- Kayla Nevitt doesn't want to get lost in the shuffle. A year ago, Nevitt looked around the Mississippi State women's basketball team's locker room and saw plenty of competition for minutes. Whether it was seniors Kendra Grant or Savannah Carter or sophomore Dominique Dillingham or freshmen Victoria Vivians and Blair Schaefer, Nevitt realized playing time wasn't going to be given to her and that she had to improve if she wanted to make her mark.
STARKVILLE -- Brandon Bryant relied on his athleticism in high school. As a senior at Rosa Fort High, Bryant threw for 257 yards and two touchdowns. He rushed for 896 yards and 10 touchdowns and had 22 catches for 339 yards and two touchdowns. On the defense, he made 37 tackles, had two interceptions (one returned for a touchdown), broke up five passes, and forced one forced fumble. He also returned a kickoff for a touchdown.
STARKVILLE -- Vic Schaefer had a plan.
East Mississippi Community College freshman running back Isaiah Wright is pretty excited about showing what he has learned.
STARKVILLE - Malik Dear isn't a typical rookie playing college football.
Columbus High School junior running back Kylin Hill did not have to be told it was time to step up.
STARKVILLE -- In the early years of Dan Mullen's tenure at Mississippi State, several injuries to key players would have been devastating.
STARKVILLE -- Craig Sword has been "the guy" for Mississippi State the last three seasons.
STARKVILLE -- Even though the Mississippi State football team is 3-1 and 1-2 in the Southeastern Conference, it feels good about where it stands entering the final seven games. MSU lost a heart-breaker to LSU 21-19 at home in the second week of the season. Two weeks ago, it went to Auburn, Alabama, and toppled the Tigers 17-9. However, MSU couldn't keep the winning going on the road Saturday, in a 30-17 loss to Texas A&M at Kyle Field.
STARKVILLE -- Breanna Richardson acknowledges the "bursts" were there in 2014-15. The 6-foot-1 forward had 16 points in a victory at Ole Miss, poured in 15 points in a victory at Auburn, had all 13 of her points in the second half in a loss at Tennessee, and matched her Southeastern Conference-high with 16 points against Florida. But Richardson also will tell you she had as many stretches last season that she would like to change. Those periods were replete with turnovers on moves to the baskets, missed perimeter shots, or defensive lapses.
STARKVILLE -- It didn't take the summer for Dominique Dillingham to realize 1,000 shots isn't very many.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Fred Ross has become Dak Prescott's favorite target this season.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott saw one streak come to an end, but increased another streak Saturday night.
COLLEGE STATION, Texas - Even though Mississippi State found itself down in the second half, the Bulldogs were able to shift some momentum to their side.
ATHENS, Ga. -- With its season in the balance, No. 13 Alabama had quite a response on Saturday.
STARKVILLE -- Ketara Chapel can mix it up in the paint. But the 6-foot-1 forward knows there is a difference between the level of physicality between forwards her size and centers who are several inches taller and who have significantly more girth to wield against anyone who dares traipse into their lane. That's why Chapel can't help smile when she is asked to describe the battles Chinwe Okorie and Teaira McCowan have had in recent Mississippi State women's basketball pickup games or workouts.
STARKVILLE -- Brock Dulaney always knew he wanted to be involved with athletics, particularly the college game. Dulaney said his wife, Michelle, joked with him about "not ever leaving college." But Dulaney wouldn't want to work anywhere else, and couldn't imagine himself working at a 9-5 job.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team is looking to go 2-for-2 in its first back-to-back Southeastern Conference road trip. Last week, MSU beat Auburn 17-9 at Jordan-Hare Stadium in Auburn, Alabama. No. 21 MSU (3-1, 1-1) will complete its first two-game road trip of the season at 6:30 p.m. Saturday (SEC Network) against No. 14 Texas A&M (4-0, 1-0) at Kyle Field. Since the Aggies joined the SEC in 2012, the Bulldogs are 1-2 against them. The series is tied 4-4, and the teams are 1-1 in College Station, Texas. MSU won 6-0 in 1913, while Texas A&M won 51-41 two seasons ago.
ELLISVILLE -- East Mississippi Community College sophomore Dario Robinson admitted he had nerves before his first plays on defense in a junior college game. "My teammates were getting me hyped," Robinson said. "My guys on the defense even told me I was going to intercept a pass. I didn't believe them."
2. Extra practice time leads to playing time for Dear at MSU COLLEGE SPORTS
3. MSU women look to back lofty expectations COLLEGE SPORTS
5. Offensive line plays key role for Starkville Academy HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS