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Mississippi State junior K Westin Graves (back) has retired.

Graves wrote in a Twitter letter to Bulldogs nation that following Mississippi State's narrow win over Miami (OH) in the St. Petersburg Bowl, he underwent surgery to repair several discs in his back. The 6-foot, 163-pounder will step aside from football in order to preserve his future health. "This was a difficult decision and one I have spent weeks thinking about and praying for an answer," Graves wrote. "Though one door has closed, I look forward to opportunities that life will bring." This past season Graves made 11-of-19 boots, including the game-winner during the aforementioned St. Petersburg Bowl.
Jan 19 - 7:19 PM

Mississippi State hired Louisville defensive coordinator Todd Grantham to the same post.

Grantham is a 3-4 guy who was Louisville's defensive coordinator for the past three seasons. Prior to that, he was Georgia's defensive coordinator from 2010-13. Grantham's three units at Louisville all were top-20 nationally in total defense. "Todd has proven to be one of the best defensive coordinators in the country this decade," Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen said in a statement. "He understands what it takes to build a physical and aggressive defense at the highest of levels."
Source: ESPN
Jan 11 - 1:21 PM

Mississippi State dismissed redshirt freshman CB John Michael Hankerson.

The main precipitating incident here was a doozy. According to Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Office investigator Phillip Miller, the 6-foot-1, 170-pound Hankerson is currently facing five counts of armed robbery, three counts of aggravated assault and two counts of kidnapping. All 10 of those charges are felony charges. Eight of the 10 charges come about in relation to a December 17 incident in which Hankerson and two others allegedly (per Miller) pistol whipped three men and then stole from them before fleeing. He was also arrested on October 29 for a different alleged pistol-whip-robbery. He is currently being held on a $420,000 bond.
Source: ESPN.com
Thu, Dec 29, 2016 07:18:00 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior T Martinas Rankin received a second round grade from the NFL Draft Advisory Board, according to Tony Pauline.

"Scouts love his athleticism and upside but are unsure of his offensive tackle measurables," according to Pauline. This offensive tackle class might not be viewed highly entering draft season, so Rankin's name is definitely one to watch. He only started one season at the FBS level.
Tue, Dec 27, 2016 10:20:00 AM

Mississippi State redshirt sophomore QB Nick Fitzgerald completed 13-of-26 passes for 136 yards while rushing for 132 yards and two touchdowns in Monday's 17-16 win over Miami (OH) in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

Fitzgerald and the Bulldogs were almost blanked in the first half before the redshirt sophomore dual-threat gunslinger found the end zone from two yards out with just 22 seconds remaining before halftime. The 6-foot-5, 223-pounder would score once more in the third quarter on a 44-yard dash. That long scoring dash drew Mississippi State to within 16-14. They would eventually take the lead on a 36-yard field goal early in the fourth quarter. The Redhawks had a chance for a walk-off win on their final drive of the game, but their would-be game-winning field goal was blocked at the line. Fitzgerald put forth a beautiful 2016 campaign on the whole, posting a 21/10 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 1,375 yards and an additional 16 touchdowns on the ground. If he develops as a passer, he could be a deep Heisman sleeper next season.
Mon, Dec 26, 2016 02:25:00 PM

Mississippi State redshirt senior DE A.J. Jefferson will miss the St. Petersburg Bowl due to a shoulder injury requiring surgery.

"We decided after the [Egg Bowl] for his future he was just going to get the surgery and get himself ready for his future," said HC Dan Mullen. The 6-foot-2, 245-pounder finishes his final season in a Bulldogs uniform having recorded 30 tackles (10.5 for loss), three sacks and a forced fumble. He has logged double-digit tackles for loss in each of the past two seasons.
Thu, Dec 22, 2016 02:49:00 PM

Mississippi State redshirt freshman WR Keith Mixon will compete for a starting role in 2017.

The Bulldogs will be out No. 1 wideout Fred Ross in 2017, leaving plenty of opportunities for the likes of Mixon. This past season, the 5-foot-8, 175-pounder was utilized both as a traditional wide receiver and as a runner. He polished off the 12-game regular-season campaign having caught 18 passes for 217 yards and a pair of scores while carrying the ball 25 times for 119 yards. "I feel like they’ll trust me more now that I’ll go out there and just play," Mixon said, "and I also know the offense better. I know how to read defenses better. I know how to break down film. Everything just comes natural."
Mon, Dec 19, 2016 02:33:00 PM

Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen indicated that he has not spoken with the Los Angeles Rams regarding their open head-coaching position.

Mullen has been floated as a potential replacement for fired Rams HC Jeff Fisher, but not only did he say that he has not spoken with anybody from Los Angeles as of yet, he said that he only became aware that he had been connected to the job based on media reports. Mullen and the Bulldogs are currently readying to face off with Miami (OH) in the St. Petersburg Bowl on December 26.
Fri, Dec 16, 2016 06:33:00 PM

Miami (OH) will play Mississippi State in the St. Petersburg Bowl on Monday, Dec. 26.

The Redhawks started this season 0-6 after going 0-12, 2-10 and 3-9 between 2013-2015. They ripped off a six-game winning streak to close the regular season to qualify. The Bulldogs (5-7) achieved eligibility based on their Academic Progress Rate ranking. Miami has a solid defense, but it's going to have issues slowing down rapidly-improving dual-threat MSU QB Nick Fitzgerald.
Wed, Dec 14, 2016 12:52:00 PM

Mississippi State WR Fred Ross accepted an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

The Bulldogs' entire offense took a step back this season, but Ross remained the school's top target. Ross only registered three games of over 100 yards receiving but did haul in 12 touchdowns. The Senior Bowl receiver group is almost complete.
Source: Senior Bowl
Wed, Dec 7, 2016 09:41:00 AM

ESPN reports that 5-7 Mississippi State will play Miami (Ohio) in the St. Petersburg Bowl.

The Bulldogs (5-7), one of three sub-six-win teams granted bowl eligibility based on its Academic Progress Rate rankings, was the last of 80 teams to earn a bowl berth, per the report. Most bowl bids have not yet been announced. We'll receive the dance card on Sunday afternoon.
Source: ESPN
Sun, Dec 4, 2016 12:09:00 PM

Mississippi State freshman RB Aeris Williams rushed for 191 yards and two touchdowns on 25 carries in Saturday's win over Ole Miss.

Williams did not lead the Bulldogs in rushing, but that is only because QB Nick Fitzgerald stamped out Ole Miss' bowl hopes with a 258-yard rushing performance of his own. The 6-foot-1, 215-pound Williams has been held under 65 yards rushing in nine of 12 games this season, but does have two huge rushing performances on his 2016 ledger. In addition to Saturday's slaying of Ole Miss, he also rushed for 140 yards and a score against Texas A&M on November 5.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 08:43:00 PM

Mississippi State redshirt sophomore QB Nick Fitzgerald threw for 109 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for 258 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 55-20 win over Ole Miss.

Fitzgerald has offered life-affirming performance after life-affirming performance for the Bulldogs this season. In the Egg Bowl, he operated a ruthlessly relentless scoring attach which helped Mississippi State to score 14 points in each of the final three quarters. They slacked off with 13 points in the first quarter. Fitzgerald finishes up the season having surpassed 100 yards rushing in seven of 12 games and accounting for at least four scores in five of his last six contests. There figures to be all kinds of positive vibage surrounding the redshirt freshman entering the 2017 season.
Sat, Nov 26, 2016 08:08:00 PM

Mississippi State senior WR Fred Ross caught 10 passes for 171 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 58-42 loss to Arkansas.

Ross set multiple bests for the season in Saturday's high-scoring defeat. This was his first game with double-digit receptions in 2016 and also his first over 130 yards receiving. After setting a school record for catches with 88 a year ago, the 6-foot-2, 207-pound senior has hauled in 68 for 852 yards and 11 scores through 11 games this season. The Bulldogs will wrap up their regular season campaign against Ole Miss next Saturday.
Sun, Nov 20, 2016 12:12:00 PM

Mississippi State redshirt sophomore QB Nick Fitzgerald completed 23-of-33 for 328 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 131 yards and four additional scores in Saturday's 58-42 loss to Arkansas.

Mississippi State fell to 4-7 with Saturday's defeat, officially falling out of contention for a bowl, but the Bulldogs have to be encouraged by some of the phenomenal work that Fitzgerald has put forth this season. He would score two of his four rushing touchdowns in the first quarter, hitting the end zone from 58 and 18 yards out. The 6-foot-5, 223-pound redshirt sophomore wouldn't strike again until after halftime, when he accounted for the other four touchdowns on his ledger. Overall, Fitzgerald has thrown for 18 touchdowns and rushed for another 12 scores. For reference's sake, Fitzgerald has accounted for 30 total touchdowns. Deshaun Watson has accounted for 32. Watson, of course, could well be heading to the Playoff, while Fitzgerald will be sitting at home watching like the rest of us. Still, he has done fantastic work for much of the season.
Sat, Nov 19, 2016 11:44:00 PM


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