STARKVILLE -- Courtney Robicheaux admits she was pretty shocked.
STARKVILLE -- Brandon Bryant is usually in the right place at the right time.
STARKVILLE -- When Dak Prescott became the Mississippi State football team's quarterback in 2014, many began to wonder what the 2016 season would be like. Fans and coaches wanted to enjoy Prescott's two seasons leading the Bulldogs, but there always was the thought of what would be next. That curiosity increased after Prescott broke 38 school records and led MSU to a victory against North Carolina State in the Belk Bowl last December.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Alabama offensive coordinator Lane Kiffin isn't saying much about the prospect of opening against his former team, Southern California. New defensive coordinator Jeremy Pruitt isn't dropping any hints of what he really thinks about his personnel. The Crimson Tide's two play callers took the podium Sunday for their annual -- and only -- preseason availability but offered few insights three practices into preseason camp. Pruitt takes over one of the nation's top defenses featuring NFL prospects like defensive end Jonathan Allen and linebackers Reuben Foster and Tim Williams. How much talent and potential does he see from his defense? Pruitt offers a non-answer answer.
SCOOBA - After leading East Mississippi Community College to its first National Junior College Athletic Association football national championship in 2011, coach Buddy Stephens called himself a "junior college lifer."
Danny Crawford was familiar with Noxubee County High School's athletic success from his time working in Oktibbeha and Lowndes counties.
Jason Trufant is going to have to talk to someone in information technology at Mississippi University for Women very soon.
STARKVILLE -- Lashard Durr will do anything to prove he is worthy of being a starter.
STARKVILLE -- Early in training camp, Dan Mullen doesn't want his players to get comfortable with the routine.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team opened preseason camp in the wake of several summer arrests and departures and with a quarterback competition still going strong. Despite all that, the challenges remain pretty typical for the reigning national champions and have little or nothing to do with talent. There was no shortage of that when the Crimson Tide opened camp Thursday in the stifling heat of Alabama summers -- and Alabama's falls.
STARKVILLE -- Sweat rolled off Billy Gonzales' face Tuesday as he watched his young players in his position group. The Mississippi State wide receiver coach stood on the Jugs machine and barked out instructions as the Bulldogs ran through a drill involving two dummies acting as defenders and a cone that signaled where they were supposed to break down and turn back to him.
STARKVILLE -- Martinas Rankin stepped on the Mississippi State campus in the spring of 2015 with a chance to win a starting spot. Coming out of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College in Perkinston, Rankin was the top-ranked junior college offensive lineman in the Class of 2015. When MSU signed him, making an immediate impact seemed inevitable.
STARKVILLE -- Carly Mauldin tried to prepare herself. There are plenty of pitfalls to encounter when you're jumping from high school to Division I, so Mauldin wanted to be ready in case she didn't see a lot of playing time. Coming from West Jones High in Laurel, Mauldin hoped to get a jump-start on her career at Mississippi State by enrolling in school in January 2016. The move enabled her to get an early start on her studies and gave her the opportunity to work out with the women's soccer team in the spring.
STARKVILLE -- Numbers don't mean a lot to Payton Harris. After all, it's not like she has time to stand straight up and keep tabs on her defensive success. If Harris did, she likely would get caught out of position, or, more embarrassingly, get six-packed, a volleyball term that refers to someone getting plunked in the head with a kill.
STARKVILLE -- Peter Sirmon wasn't shy about what new philosophies he wants to bring to the Mississippi State football defense.
STARKVILLE -- After February's signing period and the loss of three wide receivers, Mississippi State's Billy Gonzales feared a lack of depth.
STARKVILLE -- Mallory Eubanks is ready to shine. Following an offseason in which she immersed herself in soccer and was called up to be a member of the United States' Under-19 Women's National Team, Eubanks wants to give back some of what she learned to her Mississippi State women's soccer teammates to help the Bulldogs kick the season off in style.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen wouldn't be surprised if a quarterback transfers because he has seen it before. Mullen was involved in a quarterback controversy while he was the quarterbacks coach at Utah in 2003. Starter Brett Elliott broke his wrist in the second game and backup Alex Smith took over. When Elliott returned four weeks later, Smith had won the job. Before the next season, Mullen sat down with Elliott.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen wants to ease Fred Ross back into football shape. A groin sidelined the senior wide receiver for all of the team's 15 spring practices. Last month, though, Ross said at Southeastern Conference Media Days in Hoover, Alabama, that he was close to being ready. On Monday, speaking at MSU's media day, Mullen said Ross isn't back to 100 percent.
STARKVILLE -- "Tournament." The word occupies Jazmyne Johnson's thoughts every day. That shouldn't be surprising to anyone who knows the history of the Mississippi State volleyball. Started in 1975, the program recorded only eight winning seasons up until the 2015 season, when new head coach David McFatrich came over from Central Arkansas with the goal to reverse the Bulldogs' fortunes.
2. Fitzgerald, Williams will battle to be MSU's starting QB COLLEGE SPORTS
4. Pruitt making impact two ways for Tigers HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS