STARKVILLE -- Coming out of junior college, Donald Gray thought his skills were going to translate well to the Division I level. After a stellar season at Copiah-Lincoln Community College, Gray joined the Mississippi State football team in the spring of 2015. He had big plans for his first season, and thought he could show up and rely on his athleticism. Gray learned a valuable lesson after a few games.
STARKVILLE -- Jamoral Graham thought offense was where he was going to fit in when he signed with the Mississippi State football team in February 2014. The Newton County High School standout was a reserve wideout in his first season at MSU. He also was used as a punt returner on special teams. But his time with the offense ended after his freshman season. Last spring, he began the transition to cornerback.
Don't let Bre'Amber Scott smile deceive you. While some coaches have watched the facial countenance of the 5-foot-11 guard from Little Rock Central (Ark.) High School and questioned whether she is serious about playing basketball, Ed Durham knows Mississippi State women's basketball coach Vic Schaefer wasn't fooled. In fact, Durham said Schaefer knew right away Scott could fill an important role in his program.
STARKVILLE -- Aaron Gordon has plenty of reasons to be optimistic. The Mississippi State women's soccer team loses only four players from last season. The Bulldogs also boast a 29-player roster that includes three seniors, 10 juniors, eight sophomores, and eight freshmen. Forward Mallory Eubanks, the team's leading scorer (10 points in 2015), is part of that junior group, which is the largest of any Gordon team at MSU.
SCOOBA -- East Mississippi Community College defensive coordinator Ed Holly didn't need a road map to find Scooba when accepted his present position. Holly's third stint as a member of the Lions' coaching staff begins Sept. 1 when No. 1 EMCC takes on Jones Junior College to open the 2016 Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) regular season.
STARKVILLE -- Jamal Peters didn't care he was fresh out of high school and playing Southeastern Conference football for the first time.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen has a specific mold in mind when he recruits a quarterback. Running a spread offense, the quarterback has to be more than a thrower. They have to run the ball, too. Mullen had that with Alex Smith at Utah, Chris Leak and Tim Tebow at Florida, and Dak Prescott at MSU.
Matt Insell has a little more time to work on his golf game. Don't blame the Ole Miss women's basketball coach, though, if he loses his concentration on the links and thinks ahead to the start of the 2016-17 season. The Rebels' performance on a 10-day trip to Costa Rica has the fourth-year coach eager to begin another campaign.
Bret McCormick and Dan Olson agreed Monday that Bre'Amber Scott's verbal commitment to the Mississippi State women's basketball team gives coach Vic Schaefer another talented wing player for the Class of 2017.
SCOOBA -- After last season's disappointing ending, players and coaches at East Mississippi Community College have talked about the anticipation for a new season. That excitement rose a notch Monday when the National Junior College Athletic Association (NJCAA) ranked EMCC No. 1 in the nation in its preseason poll.
Marcus Wood might have used another hour to rave about Wyatt Roberts if given the opportunity. The East Mississippi Community College football offensive coordinator and wide receivers coach saw Roberts develop into a playmaker at quarterback the last two seasons. Although overshadowed by talented teammates at the position and not being as highly recruited as others, Roberts never gave in. That's why he was elated Sunday when he learned Roberts, who played at Louisville High School, joined the Mississippi State football team Sunday. A MSU team spokesperson confirmed the move.
STARKVILLE -- Johanna Hamblett admits the quizzical looks had an effect on her. Although she felt confident about her decision to travel more than 8,100 miles from New Zealand to Mississippi, Hamblett couldn't help notice the way friends reacted when she told them she was going to the United States to play soccer.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen feels like there is a lot of work to do following his team's first scrimmage Thursday night at Davis Wade Stadium.
STARKVILLE -- Maurice Smitherman was approached with an opportunity in the summer when he arrived at Mississippi State. The redshirt freshman thought he was going to be used as a cornerback. But first-year defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon asked Smitherman if he would like to play cornerback and safety? Smitherman liked the idea and started to adjust to his new position.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen wasn't shocked. Before training camp started, Mullen said he wouldn't be surprised if one of his four quarterbacks decided to transfer. On Friday, that became a reality when Mullen announced sophomore Elijah Staley will transfer.
STARKVILLE -- In Dan Mullen's seven seasons leading the Mississippi State football program, 30 Bulldogs have played as freshmen. Some have played because of a lack of depth, while others have played because of their talent. The ability of Mullen and his coaching staff to develop talent has helped raise the profile of the program and pushed it to the fastest ascent from unranked to No. 1 in college football history, the winningest two-year stretch at the school, and a school-record six-straight bowl appearances.
STARKVILLE -- With an entirely new defensive staff, questions about how the Mississippi State football defense will perform this season is one of the most asked by Bulldog fans.
STARKVILLE -- Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen did not call the police on former MSU running back Josh Robinson, according to a team spokesperson and MSU campus police.
STARKVILLE -- Westin Graves has a different look in his eye this fall camp.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State volleyball team's season was spiraling out of control.
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