STARKVILLE -- In between seasons at Holmes Community College, Traver Jung went home to Greenville to be with Virginia Jung, his great-grandmother and the woman who raised him. On that day -- March 7, 2014 -- she was lying on the couch and asked Traver to grab the newspaper for her.
MACON -- Rodrigues Clark's 194-pound body might be better suited for 3-yard gains than 30-yard bursts.
It doesn't matter to Clark because he is willing to take the short gains and collect first downs as long as it takes. He knows the big play is coming.
The big plays came twice Friday night.
STARKVILLE -- The demolition at Dudy Noble Field/Polk-DeMent Stadium is complete. The next phase will feature the construction of additions to Mississippi State's historic baseball venue.
STARKVILLE -- It didn't take long for Malik Brown to enter Chris Jones' world.
When Jones became Starkville High School football coach job, it took him only a few hours to hear Brown's name.
STARKVILLE -- The first day of classes at Mississippi State on Wednesday came with schedule implications for the football team.
That being the case, MSU made the most of the final week before classes.
STARKVILLE -- Fast, physical, and aggressive.
Those have been Todd Grantham's calling cards since he was named defensive coordinator for the Mississippi State football team in January.
STARKVILLE -- The known commodities in Mississippi State's running back corps begin with Aeris Williams. After leading a running back corps containing two seniors in all notable statistical categories as a sophomore, he's not stopped at entering the season as the unquestioned starter: he's been publicly establishing high expectations for himself since the spring.
Barely a month after the NCAA deemed blue-chip Mississippi State basketball recruit Nick Weatherspoon eligible to compete, the freshman guard has fallen into legal trouble.
STARKVILLE -- Keytaon Thompson remains unfazed.
When the 6-foot-4, 225-pound quarterback enrolled at Mississippi State in early December, he didn't face a lot of pressure to become the starter. In Nick Fitzgerald, Dan Mullen's Bulldogs have one of the best quarterbacks in the Southeastern Conference, so Thompson, a top-10 dual-threat quarterback from Landry-Walker High School (La.), knew he had time to digest the offense and watch and learn.
STARKVILLE -- Unlike most incoming freshmen to college football programs, Dontea Jones made a move for his senior year of high school.
The transition for Jones, who was born in Starkville, was designed to help the standout at Louisville High School better prepare for the next level. But the plan changed when Jones arrived at Jireh Preparatory Academy in Matthews, North Carolina.
The open records request that brought a rapid, unceremonious end to the Hugh Freeze era in Ole Miss football was the product of an accidental miscommunication.
STARKVILLE -- Depending on the year, there are times when Mississippi State offensive line coach and co-offensive coordinator John Hevesy moving a lineman to a different position can be worn as a badge of honor.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State freshman running back Kylin Hill was arrested early Thursday morning on reckless driving charges. After Hill practiced with the team Friday morning, MSU coach Dan Mullen didn't provide any indication Hill would receive any further discipline from the program.
Mississippi State freshman running back Kylin Hill was arrested early Thursday morning for reckless driving. The Columbus native was seen practicing Friday morning.
STARKVILLE -- Lee VanHorn came to grips with the full reach of his new job in about 30 minutes.
VanHorn was sitting in a meeting in Mississippi State's athletic department when he received calls from director of women's basketball operations Maryann Baker, director of men's basketball operations Mike Moynihan, and director of softball operations Jessica Cooley. After the meeting, he ran into director of football operations Jon Clark. All had equipment questions for the respective athletes.
STARKVILLE -- Xavier Tillman has an advantage most first-year head coaches lack.
Since she was with the Starkville High School volleyball program for six years before getting the team's head coaching job over the summer, she knows the team's strengths: up the middle and its assistant coaches.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen has coached the top seven total offensive seasons in Mississippi State football history.
From 2014 to 2016, the Bulldogs finished first, third, and sixth in total offense in the Southeastern Conference.
MSU has built a consistent offensive attack largely without prominently featuring tight ends. The group almost never has accounted for more than 15 percent of the team's receptions.
That is due to change in 2017.
STARKVILLE -- In Todd Grantham's first months as Mississippi State's defensive coordinator, the program has learned there are two versions of him. There's the Grantham often captured by television cameras, roaming the sidelines with intensity oozing from every pore, then the one in the meeting room that's far from menacing.
STARKVILLE -- Matt Glover saw Nick Gibson run three plays in eighth grade.
The Pinson Valley High School football coach watched Gibson go 80 yards for a touchdown run on the first one, but a holding call negated the score.
STARKVILLE -- The first thing Andy Cannizaro learned about Trevor Fitts, his new director of baseball operations, was he very much had the program's alumni on his side.
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