Tyler Horka Mississippi Clarion Ledger Published 7:58 p.m. UTC Jul 31, 2018 STARKVILLE – Defensive lines entrance coaches, fans and reporters in the SEC as much as any other position group. Just ask Joe Moorhead. The ability to control the line of scrimmage in the SEC is paramount. It’s always been a run-first conference, and even as college football continues to develop as a pass-happy sport, the emphasis here remains on stopping the opposition’s ground game. But potent passing plays can sink a team just as quickly as Aeris Williams or any other talented running back in the country can take a long scamper to the house. Mississippi State knows all about it. In 2017, the Bulldogs nearly gave up more passing plays of 50-plus yards than nearly any other team in the nation. They surrendered 12 of those, and of the 129 other FBS schools, Central Florida was the only one to relinquish more. Two of those aforementioned deep balls came in one quarter – both for … [Read more...] about How a forgettable quarter could motivate Mississippi State’s secondary
Wilson Alexander Mississippi Clarion Ledger Published 2:33 p.m. UTC Jul 31, 2018 Sumrall wide receiver Dannis Jackson announced on Monday night he had changed his verbal commitment from Mississippi State to Ole Miss. Jackson, a member of the 2018 Dandy Dozen and the No. 7 player in the state, according to 247Sports, made his announcement in a post to his Twitter account. He had been committed to Mississippi State for about a month. “I know many won’t understand, but I have to do what’s best for me and follow my heart,” Jackson wrote. Jackson caught 132 passes for 2,287 yards and 28 touchdowns over the past two seasons. He has made one-handed grabs and leaped over defenders to catch passes, but the attribute that sets him apart is his speed. "There's no telling how good he's going to be when he gets faster, and he's fast now," Sumrall head coach Shannon White said. "He's never worked a day in his life on speed that I know of. It's just natural ability. … [Read more...] about Sumrall receiver Dannis Jackson flips commitment from Mississippi State to Ole Miss
Tyler Horka Mississippi Clarion Ledger Published 8:48 p.m. UTC Jul 29, 2018 STARKVILLE – Joe Moorhead has a new philosophy for Mississippi State wide receivers. The first-year head coach doesn’t use the long-standing term of “50/50 ball” to describe a one-on-one tossup down the sideline. To Moorhead, those are “100/0.” “When that ball is up in the air, it belongs to our receiver,” Moorhead said. That goes against conventional wisdom at Mississippi State in recent seasons. Last year, Jesse Jackson led the Bulldogs in receiving yards with 276. That ranked him tied for 490th in the nation. Jackson had 27 catches, which landed him tied for 383rd nationally. Keith Mixon, a smaller slot receiver, had a similar season with 18 catches and 275 yards. Deddrick Thomas led the team in receiving touchdowns. He only had four. All three of those receivers are back in 2018 with ambitions of improving in a new pass-friendly offense. Moorhead said … [Read more...] about Which wide receiver will rise for Joe Moorhead at Mississippi State?
STARKVILLE, Miss. (AP) – A judge who donated Abraham Lincoln and Civil War materials to Mississippi State University will speak to university graduates. Former Rhode Island Chief Justice Frank Williams will also get an honorary degree from the university. Robert Clark Jr., the first African American elected to the Mississippi Legislature following desegregation, is also getting an honorary degree. About 3,000 students will graduate. Williams also helped locate the Ulysses S. Grant Presidential Library at MSU in 2009. He’ll speak Thursday to business and education graduates. Friday morning he’ll address arts and sciences, art and design, architecture and veterinary medicine graduates. Friday afternoon he’ll speak to engineering, agriculture, life sciences, human sciences, forest resources and general studies graduates. Also Thursday, Meridian Community College President Scott Elliott will address graduates of MSU’s Meridian campus. Related … [Read more...] about About 3,000 to graduate from Mississippi State University
Auburn's quarterback room just got a big-league arm. Former 2013 Mississippi State quarterback signee Cord Sandberg, who spent the last six years as a minor league baseball player in the Philadelphia Phillies organization, committed to Auburn on Monday. "Absolutely humbled to have been given the opportunity to pursue a childhood dream of mine," Sandberg tweeted. "After some visits and a lot of prayer I'm excited to announce I'm officially an Auburn Tiger! Fired up and ready to get to work! #WarEagle" Sandberg, who visited the Plains with his fiancee last weekend, also considered LSU and N.C. State. The Bradenton, Fla. native plans to arrive on campus next week and will technically be a member of Auburn's 2018 recruiting class. The 6-foot-3, 215-pound Sandberg has four years of eligibility remaining, but would be eligible to enter the NFL Draft at any time since he's already three years removed from high school. The addition of Sandberg gives Auburn four scholarship quarterbacks on this … [Read more...] about Auburn adds QB commitment from Cord Sandberg, a former Mississippi State signee, minor leaguer