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Ole Miss will look for improvement in running game

Posted 9/8/2017 in College Sports

The Ole Miss football team's offense looked very familiar last weekend during its reasonably comfortable 47-27 victory against South Alabama. That isn't necessarily a bad thing. The passing game was awesome: Shea Patterson threw for 429 yards and four touchdowns while receiver A.J. Brown caught eight passes for a school-record 233 yards and two touchdowns.



Leadership will be focal point for MSU women

Posted 9/7/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- It is less than a month before the official start of practice, but Blair Schaefer already is taking to a bigger leadership role. At 12:57 p.m., Schaefer and her coach, Vic Schaefer, walked into the media room at Humphrey Coliseum three minutes early for a scheduled gathering.



Mullen wants MSU to use depth on defense to keep attacking

Posted 9/7/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Dan Mullen keeps going back to the Charles Mitchell example. Mullen wants to use it to change how his Mississippi State football program uses its defensive backs and learns from what Mitchell did on Nov. 20, 2010.


Price hopes to play big role in backfield for EMCC

Posted 9/6/2017 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- On some nights, the standout running back for the East Mississippi Community College football team is along for the ride. EMCC prefers to throw the ball all over the field. The Lions have built a national-championship pedigree with standout quarterbacks and a bevy of talented receivers in a hurry-up offensive scheme.


MSU's Adegoke making impression on, off field

Posted 9/6/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Pete Smith has been teaching long enough to know one college students generally don't make unprompted visits to their professors unless they have a question about the class. Smith quickly discovered Stephen Adegoke was different.



MSU's offensive line set for experienced opponent

Posted 9/6/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The Louisiana Tech football team's 2016 defense ranked 25th in the nation in tackles for a loss against Football Bowl Subdivision (FBS) teams and seventh among Group of 5 conference teams in averaging 6.46 per game.



SEC coaches will be able to use voice, not signs to call pitches

Posted 9/6/2017 in College Sports

A coach in the dugout using a wireless device will be able to speak directly to his catcher to call pitches in SEC conference baseball games and in the postseason tournament in 2018, a move that is expected to significantly reduce the length of games.



Thompson makes debut at Mississippi State

Posted 9/4/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Keytaon Thompson was putting on a show in New Orleans' Mercedes-Benz Superdome on Dec. 10, winning a state championship for Landry-Walker High School; just days later he was part of a bowl practice for his next school, Mississippi State.



Ole Miss celebrates first victory under Luke

Posted 9/4/2017 in College Sports

OXFORD - Sometimes, dreams do come true. For Matt Luke, a lifelong dream became reality Saturday night as he lead the Ole Miss Rebels to a 47-27 win over South Alabama in his head coaching debut.



MSU receivers offer production, show potential behind Gray

Posted 9/3/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- All indications pointed to Donald Gray being the Mississippi State football team's feature wide receiver this season. Last season, Gray was MSU's second option behind Fred Ross, who is now with the NFL's Carolina Panthers. The 5-foot-10, 200-pounder from Memphis, Tennessee, was second on the team with 41 catches for 709 yards and five touchdowns. The only question entering the 2017 season was who would emerge as MSU's No. 2 and No. 3 receivers.


Bulldogs deliver dominating defense against Buccaneers

Posted 9/3/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- The film on the Charleston Southern football team made the job of the Mississippi State defensive line simple. "With them being not so big and not as physical as us, our job was to come into the game and knock them off the ball," MSU sophomore defensive lineman Jeffery Simmons said. "If we get penetration in the backfield, we'll win the game."

Williams enjoys watching Hill make MSU debut

Posted 9/3/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Aeris Williams watched from the sidelines as Mississippi State freshman running back Kylin Hill began his college career.

Brown sets receiving record in Ole Miss' victory

Posted 9/3/2017 in College Sports

OXFORD -- Ole Miss wide receiver A.J. Brown had trouble explaining what he felt in pregame warmups, but he had no trouble translating those feelings into a record-breaking performance against South Alabama.


Alabama's defense too strong in ranked showdown with FSU

Posted 9/3/2017 in College Sports

ATLANTA -- The Alabama football team's defense turned in a dominating performance, the Florida State special teams endured a terrible night, and one of the most anticipated opening games in college football history went to the top-ranked Crimson Tide.



Summer training adds to Mauldin's confidence

Posted 9/3/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Carly Mauldin had second thoughts. A decision to return home to Laurel meant she would have to miss four days of training with Aaron Byrd and the Women's Premier Soccer League's Motor City FC.


Thomas, former Lady Feds set to go at The W

Posted 9/1/2017 in College Sports

Savannah Thomas knew her sneakers were "ratty." But Thomas didn't have an alternative after donating the sneakers she used to play volleyball at Caledonia High School. After two years away from the sport, Thomas was forced to use her size eight, gray Nikes with "soles that were coming off."

Scott Jr. helps No. 2 EMCC rally past JCJC

Posted 9/1/2017 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- While Lindsey Scott Jr.'s opening act at East Mississippi Community College was a far cry from what the final act will look like, it was enough to leave the fans wanting more.


Merritt impresses in debut at EMCC

Posted 9/1/2017 in College Sports

SCOOBA -- Kirk Merritt arrived at East Mississippi Community College in May from Texas A&M. It didn't take EMCC football coach Buddy Stephens long to see what he had to do.



MSU hopes Jenkins can make move to center

Posted 9/1/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Elgton Jenkins has experienced plenty of change as an offensive lineman. In middle school, Jenkins played center. In his first two seasons at Mississippi State, he has played every line position.



Grantham will have first chance to deliver pre-game talk at MSU

Posted 9/1/2017 in College Sports

STARKVILLE -- Matthew DeGenova knows when it is Todd Grantham's time to shine. In two years as a linebacker at Georgia, DeGenova had an opportunity to see Grantham deliver 27 pre-game speeches to the Bulldogs. "Those were something to look forward to," he said.



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