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New MSU assistant Jackson was coach in making as player

Posted 8/18/2015 in College Sports

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.

 

 

Walley hopes to put lessons to use at TE

Posted 8/18/2015 in College Sports

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.

 

 

MSU, Howland receive commitment from four-star prospect Wright

Posted 8/18/2015 in College Sports

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.

 

 

EMCC chasing perfection, history

Posted 8/18/2015 in College Sports

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."

 

 

MSU's Jones looks to live up to All-America hype

Posted 8/17/2015 in College Sports

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.

 

 

Mullen sees pluses, room for improvement in scrimmage

Posted 8/15/2015 in College Sports

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.

 

 

Bell hopes to win kicking duties for MSU

Posted 8/14/2015 in College Sports

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.

 

 

EMCC earns NJCAA preseason No. 1

Posted 8/14/2015 in College Sports

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.

 

 

QB analysis: Young quarterbacks standing out at MSU camp

Posted 8/12/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - There is no question who will be the starting quarterback for Mississippi State this season.

 

 

MSU confirms 3,500 seats sold for new stadium

Posted 8/11/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State announced Tuesday that over 3,500 seats have been resereved for the new Dudy Noble Field.

 

 

Bulldogs lack experience in backfield

Posted 8/11/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE - Ashton Shumpert has been waiting for two seasons to become the featured running back in the Mississippi State offense.

 

 

MSU looks for Holmes to provide presence on defense

Posted 8/11/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Ariana Holmes has seen her mother in pain. Whether it's in her knee or in her back, Ruthie Holmes lives with a constant reminder of the injury she suffered working as a member of the California Highway Patrol. Through all of the visits to the doctor and shots to make her feel more comfortable in the past 20 years, Ruthie Holmes hasn't allowed that pain to diminish her relationship with Ariana and her other daughter, Bri.

 

 

Warren grows into role on MSU's offensive line

Posted 8/8/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach John Hevesy used to tell Rufus Warren he would be an offensive lineman before his career was over.

 

 

Poe named defensive line coach at North Alabama

Posted 8/7/2015 in College Sports

Gabe Poe never let his size stop him from making a tackle. Whether it was at West Oktibbeha County High School, East Mississippi Community College, West Alabama, or North Alabama, Poe made a habit of flying around the football field and being a nuisance on defense. Listed at 5-foot-8, 210 pounds in his final season at North Alabama, Poe led the team with 128 tackles, including 77 solo stops and 10 tackles for loss. He helped lead the team to a 10-3 record, a share of the Gulf South Conference Championship, and a spot in the quarterfinals of the Division II playoffs in 2013.

 

 

MSU long snappers perfecting their tricks

Posted 8/7/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Winston Chapman and Hunter Bradley have found a unique way to practice their craft. The Mississippi State long snappers do what all of their peers do in practice: snap the ball. But they have found a way to mix it up when they are away from the practice fields. It's called trick long snapping, and the duo tries to hit targets that can be just about anything. Their work has made the rounds on YouTube, Twitter, and other social media sites.

 

 

Alabama opens camp with battle at QB

Posted 8/7/2015 in College Sports

TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Ryan Kelly knows there's much to celebrate -- a Southeastern Conference championship and a playoff berth -- from the Alabama football team's 2014 season, even if it doesn't really feel that way. Alabama opened preseason camp Thursday hoping for a happier ending after two-straight postseason losses drained some of the joy from 11- and 12-win seasons.

 

 

Ross hopes work with Prescott pays off

Posted 8/6/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- After last season ended, Mississippi State wide receiver Fred Ross knew his role in the offense was going to expand in 2015. Ross wanted to be prepared for the chance to fill the void left by Jameon Lewis and Robert Johnson, so he and starting quarterback Dak Prescott worked together anytime they could in the spring and summer to build chemistry.

 

 

Ole Miss has three-man race at QB

Posted 8/6/2015 in College Sports

OXFORD -- The Ole Miss football team has won 24 games and advanced to a bowl game in each of coach Hugh Freeze's firsta three years at the school. Quarterback Bo Wallace -- whose 9,534 passing yards rank second in school history -- started every game in that span.

 

 

MSU's Prescott on Sports Illustrated regional cover

Posted 8/6/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- For the third time since last October, Mississippi State senior quarterback Dak Prescott graces the cover of a national magazine as Sports Illustrated unveiled its college football preview issue with the preseason All-American and MSU mascot Bully XXI "Jak", the publication announced Wednesday.

 

 

de Souza, MSU ready for new soccer season

Posted 8/4/2015 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Tanya de Souza feels good.

 

 

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