STARKVILLE -- Freshmen usually have two schools of thoughts when it comes to their first college football season. They either want to play right away or they want to sit out the first season and be redshirted. Mississippi State junior linebacker Richie Brown fell in the latter category and was redshirted as a freshman. He said it was one of the best things that could have happened to him.
SCOOBA - East Mississippi Community College coach Buddy Stephens knows what kind of player he's getting when they played at Starkville High School.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State redshirt freshman linebacker Gerri Green already is drawing comparisons to a former Bulldog linebacker. Even though Green hasn't played for the Bulldogs, many think he is similar to Benardrick McKinney. "It's a great compliment," Green said. "B-Mac (McKinney) was a great player. To be anything like him would be a good accomplishment. Being compared to him and the things that he did here, that is a big compliment."
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State men's basketball player Xavian Stapleton will be out six months after he suffered a knee injury earlier this week in practice. According to a school press release, the 6-foot-6 Flora native, who transferred to MSU from Louisiana Tech and was going to have to sit out this season, tore the anterior cruciate ligament and meniscus in his left knee Monday in a pickup game. He will have knee surgery in September.
STARKVILLE -- A day after unveiling its non-conference schedule, the Mississippi State women's basketball team found out it will have 10 television appearances, including two ESPN2 games, as part of its Southeastern Conference slate released by the league office Thursday evening. After closing the non-conference schedule Dec. 30 against South Florida in the SEC/AAC Challenge, MSU will return to the Sunshine State on Jan. 3, 2016, to begin league play at Florida on the SEC Network.
OXFORD -- The opening of the $95 million Pavilion at Ole Miss and a 29-game slate featuring 17 home dates and an appearance on ESPN2 highlight the 2015-16 Ole Miss women's basketball schedule released by coach Matt Insell on Thursday. Ole Miss will play host to eight SEC foes, including 2015 NCAA tournament Final Four participant South Carolina and Mississippi State and Texas A&M.
FULTON -- Ladarius Gallion figured out quickly what it was going to take to excel in college. "I had to get bigger, faster, and stronger," said Gallion, a former standout at West Point High School who is now sophomore defensive lineman on the Itawamba Community College football team. "In high school, you are the big guy. Here, you are simply one of the big guys. I slimmed down a lot and put the weight where it needed to be most. You learn so much when you play junior college ball. It's an exciting time knowing your sophomore year is your last year here, so it's a big year."
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State junior safety Kivon Coman doesn't hide the fact that he's a leader.
STARKVILLE - Evie Grace Singleton had a big decision to make when she learned that her coach was leaving for Mississippi State.
STARKVILLE -- The doubt is gone. Mallory Eubanks wondered how she would fit in when she participated in the United States Under-20 National Team Camp in January in Sanford, Florida. As a newcomer, Eubanks was one of 28 players (18 college soccer) vying for the attention of head coach Michelle French and the rest of USA Soccer.
STARKVILLE -- Taveze Calhoun and Will Redmond enter their senior years at Mississippi State as two of the football team's most experienced players. The cornerbacks have been on the field at the same time for the past two seasons and have developed a chemistry that has solidified the back of MSU's defense.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State supporters can meet the school's 2015 football, soccer, and volleyball teams Saturday at the annual Fan Day celebration at the Palmeiro Center. Doors open at 1:30 p.m. Autograph availability will run from 2-4 p.m. Fans are asked to enter through the southeast entrance of the Palmeiro Center. The football, soccer, and volleyball teams will arrive at 2 p.m.
Sherri Coale has been around basketball long enough to know how to spot a future coach. The Oklahoma women's basketball coach said it doesn't matter whether a player is a point guard, forward, or center. She said the key to spotting a player who looks like she will have an ability become a coach is finding an individual who can convey what they know about the game to their peers. Coale didn't have to watch Dionnah Jackson long to figure out she had a future coach in the making.
STARKVILLE -- When Gus Walley arrived at Mississippi State, wide receiver looked like the position for him. The junior played wideout at Green County High School in Richton and was recruited as that position. He capped his prep career by catching 43 passes for 566 yards and three touchdowns as a senior.
STARKVILLE -- Ben Howland continues to bring in some of the best recruits in the nation. The first-year Mississippi State men's basketball coach added another big-time guard to his 2016 recruiting class Monday when four-star prospect Eli Wright committed to MSU.
SCOOBA -- D.J. Law didn't grasp the concept of perfection when he arrived at East Mississippi Community College. Now he understands. "It's all about perfection," said Law, a sophomore running back and a native of Haines City, Florida. "We may stop a drill at noon and come back at 9:30 that night and do the same thing. We do everything in this program the right way. We will do something over and over and over until we find perfection. Great is not good enough. It's perfection."
STARKVILLE -- Chris Jones burst onto the college football scene as a freshman in 2013. The Mississippi State defensive lineman had 32 tackles (seven for loss) and three sacks to earn freshman All-America honors. That performance suggested Jones could have an even better season in 2014. But the Houston native's statistics in his sophomore season -- 26 tackles (3.5 for loss) and three sacks -- didn't match the numbers he posted as a freshman, but his name was mentioned as often as it was in his first year.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen was pleased with what he saw from his team Thursday night. Two weeks into fall camp, the Bulldogs had their first scrimmage three nights ago at Davis Wade Stadium. Many of the older players saw few repetitions, including senior quarterback Dak Prescott.
STARKVILLE -- Devon Bell knew his role was going to change before spring drills. The Mississippi State senior kicker was one of the first to know Evan Sobiesk wasn't going to return to the football team. Sobiesk kicked field goals the past two seasons. The decision left Bell as the front-runner to replace him this season.
COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. -- The reigning back-to-back national champion East Mississippi Community College football team was picked No. 1 in the National Junior College Athletic Association's (NJCAA) preseason poll, which was released Thursday.
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