STARKVILLE -- Following a 49-0 blanking at the hands of Mississippi State on Saturday night, University of Southern Mississippi football coach Todd Monken was effusive in his praise for the Bulldogs.
STARKVILLE -- Jay Hughes waited a year for this. Hughes, a senior safety from Oak Grove High School near Hattiesburg, sat out most of the 2013 season after rupturing an Achilles' tendon on the sixth play of the season opener against Oklahoma State.
STARKVILLE -- Dak Prescott pointed to the scoreboard high above the north end zone of Davis Wade Stadium and smiled. There were plenty of reasons to smile in the Mississippi State football team's 49-0 season-opening victory against Southern Mississippi on Saturday in the season opener for both teams before a record-setting crowd of 61,889 at Davis Wade Stadium.
ATLANTA -- Blake Sims took a seat on the bench next to Jake Coker after leading Alabama to a score and the two chatted for a few minutes before it was time for the offense to go back on the field.
STARKVILLE -- When asked how he and his teammates plan to slow down a Southern Mississippi passing attack that averaged 38 attempts per game in 2013, Mississippi State cornerback Taveze Calhoun's answer had nothing to do with the Bulldogs' defensive backfield.
STARKVILLE -- Bill Martin has spent nearly 14 years working in media relations within the Southeastern Conference, spending most of that time at LSU.
Trae Collins didn't know how to react. How would you respond if someone told you you had a broken back?
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ATLANTA -- Bo Wallace wants to close his college career in style. He'd rather forget the way his final season started out.
SUMMIT -- Chad Kelly and the East Mississippi Community College football team received rave reviews for their opening act. Kelly, a transfer from Clemson University, threw for 350 yards and four touchdowns as top-ranked EMCC opened defense of its National Junior College Athletic Association national championship with a 52-14 victory against Southwest Mississippi C.C. on Thursday night at Hurst Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Entering her seventh season as Mississippi State's volleyball coach, Jenny Hazelwood has big plans for her 2014 Lady Bulldogs.
STARKVILLE -- Intimidating. Soft spoken. Mean. Sweet.
ATLANTA -- Long an also-ran in the mighty Southeastern Conference, Mississippi is looking like a school no longer content with the status quo.
There isn't much that can slow Dylan Bradley down.
STARKVILLE - Mississippi State defensive coordinator Geoff Collins and University of Southern Mississippi quarterback Nick Mullens are hardly strangers.
Allen Sentimore remembers his first football game at East Mississippi Community College.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State quarterback Dak Prescott made a huge impact during his sophomore season in 2013, scoring 25 touchdowns and accounting for nearly 3,000 total yards while starting just seven games.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State wide receiver Jameon Lewis said it best. One by one on Monday afternoon, MSU players and coaches summed up their feelings on finally being within range of Saturday night's season-opening football game against Southern Mississippi.
In five days, one of the Mississippi State football team's most anticipated seasons in recent history will begin with a home game against Southern Mississippi.
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