The Ole Miss football team has had plenty of excuses to have a miserable 2017 season.
Tyrell Price wasn't concerned about the recent lack of focus on a running game at East Mississippi Community College. The former Lafayette County High School standout knew the program had a rich tradition of strong running backs. He also had confidence in his ability if given a chance to shine.
STARKVILLE -- Myah Taylor needed assistance.
STARKVILLE -- Even in a game week, Lamar Peters was showing up to practice sweaty.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team had one interception in its first five games. Last in the nation in that category, MSU spent its bye week charting opportunities and searching for answers. Safety Brandon Bryant didn't fix the problem Oct. 14 when he intercepted a pass on the goal line to help seal a victory against BYU, but he kicked off the series of events that did.
STARKVILLE -- On second down on Massachusetts' first drive, the Mississippi State football team had defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons directly over the center, Montez Sweat as the end to Simmons' right, Braxton Hoyett as the tackle to his left and Gerri Green outside of him. Prior to the snap, Simmons shuffled to his right.
A strange thing happened on the way to this weekend's Mississippi Association of Community and Junior Colleges (MACJC) state championship game: the East Mississippi Community College football team became the nation's top-ranked team. At 2 p.m. Saturday at Bobby Franklin Field in Senatobia, No. 1 EMCC (9-1) will face No. 4 Northwest Mississippi C.C. (8-1) in a rematch of last season's state championship game.
STARKVILLE -- The Mississippi State football team has established an identity. With the addition of several junior college players on defense and new offensive linemen, running backs, and position coaches, MSU needed time to learn about itself.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen isn't Mississippi State's winningest football coach yet, but his accomplishments at the school have cemented his place in school history.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- The Alabama football team's defense already short-handed linebacker group must absorb two more big blows.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Daniel Giddens had 17 points, 10 rebounds, and five blocked shots Monday night to lead the Alabama men's basketball team to a 74-65 victory against Alabama-Huntsville in an exhibition game at Coleman Coliseum.
The Southeastern Conference earned a record nine bids Monday to the 64-team field for the 36th NCAA Division I Women's Soccer Championship.
STARKVILLE -- Dez Harris doesn't concern himself with what it means to play Alabama. The Mississippi State football team's senior linebacker and leading tackler has never played Alabama when it wasn't in the thick of the national championship race. His most recent experience was his worst, a 51-3 loss last season in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.
STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen had the grounds to rip off one for the highlight reel at halftime. Mississippi State's football coach could have given his offense a halftime speech for the ages after watching it gain 4.2 yards per play, commit two turnovers, and convert 25 percent of its a third downs against Massachusetts in the first 30 minutes. Those woes were the primary reason for MSU's seven-point deficit to UMass.
STARKVILLE -- Fred Ross' absence at punt returner was a big one for the Mississippi State football team to fill at the start of the season.
LEXINGTON, Ky. -- With seconds ticking off and just inches to work with in the left corner of the end zone, Ole Miss quarterback Jordan Ta'amu put the football just where D.K. Metcalf had to be.
TUSCALOOSA, Ala. -- Jalen Hurts threw for a touchdown and ran for a score Saturday night to lead the No. 1 Alabama football team to a 24-10 victory against No. 19 LSU.
East Mississippi Community College football coach Buddy Stephens has said a championship team in a pass-happy league still has to have a quality running back. Sophomore running back Tyrell Price is trying to prove his coach correct.
STARKVILLE -- If bye weeks are a time to address problems, the Mississippi State football team had more than enough to address, as evidenced by losses of 28 and 39 points entering that off week.
STARKVILLE -- Minutes will come in many ways for the guards on the 2017-18 Mississippi State men's basketball team.
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2. Columbus boys will face nationally ranked Memphis East tonight HIGH SCHOOL SPORTS
3. Hard work pays off for Campbell on MSU women's team COLLEGE SPORTS
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