Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Nick Fitzgerald completed 14-of-29 passes for 83 yards with two interceptions and ran for 47 yards in a 31-3 loss to Mississippi State on Saturday.

A week after dominating the LSU defense, Fitzgerald (6'5/230) could get nothing going through the air or on the ground against the impressive Georgia defense. He struggled with accuracy, and made two turnovers that essentially prevented the Bulldogs from getting back into the game. Better days are ahead for Fitzgerald, but for all the good he did his draft stock last week, he might diminished it as much after his struggles against Georgia on Saturday. He'll look to rebound next week against Auburn.
Sep 23 - 10:31 PM

ESPN's Todd McShay writes there is "a lot of buzz surrounding" Mississippi State redshirt junior T Martinas Rankin.

"He has the length to handle speed off the edge and the athletic ability to mirror inside pass-rushing moves," McShay explained, adding that Rankin has pivotal matchups against Georgia and Auburn coming up in order to prove his game against top-end pass rushers. Rankin has spent less than two seasons at the FBS level, but that did not stop players like Ryan Ramczyk and Garett Bolles from landing in the first round last season. As Miss State continues to win, more focus will be on their offensive line.
Source: ESPN
Sep 21 - 11:12 AM

Nick Fitzgerald was named one of NFL Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline "risers" after his strong performance against LSU on Saturday.

"While the passing totals were nothing out of the ordinary Fitzgerald’s decision making, ball security and pass selection were flawless," said Pauline. "His ability to run with the ball is proof of the athleticism possessed by the big armed signal caller and Fitzgerald is watching his draft stock take off." Fitzgerald gets another chance to build that stock when the Bulldogs take on Georgia on Saturday.
Sep 18 - 9:11 PM

Mississippi State sophomore WR Keith Mixon caught six passes for 97 yards and a touchdown in a 37-7 victory over LSU on Saturday.

On a night where the Bulldogs ran for 285 yards against the highty-touted LSU defense, Mixon was able to make more than his share of plays in the passing game. His touchdown was a 45-yarder from QB Nick Fitzgerald that gave MSU a 27-7 lead with just over five minutes left in the third quarter. He now has seven catches on the year for 112 yards and a touchdown.
Sep 16 - 10:52 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior RB Aeris Williams ran for 146 yards on 23 carries in a 37-7 thrashing of LSU on Saturday.

Williams didn't get in the end zone, but that's partially because quarterback Nick Fitzgerald was a touchdown vulture near the goal line. The 6-foot-1 tailback still was excellent, and had no trouble gashing the LSU defense. It looks like Williams is a lock to go over the 720 yards he accumulated in 2016, and assuming Fitzgerald doesn't steal all the touches in the red zone, he should have his fair share of scores as well.
Sep 16 - 10:48 PM

Nick Fitzgerald completed 15-of-23 passes for 180 yards and two scores, and ran 14 times for 88 yards with two scores in a 37-7 drubbing of LSU on Saturday.

You would never know that LSU was the ranked team and Mississippi State was unranked based on this game, and a lot of that had to do with Fitzgerald. The 6-foot-5, 230-pound quarterback had no issues solving a talented LSU defense with this legs and arm. He gave MSU a 7-0 lead when he scored on a three-yard keeper at the top of the second quarter, and he did the same thing at the bottom of the quarter to make it 17-7 at the close of the half. His arm went to work in the second half, finding Keith Mixon for a 45-yard strike to up the lead to 27-7, and his 20-yard touchdown pass to Deddrick Thomas with 13 minutes left in the game completed the route. There are questions as to how effective Fitzgerald will be as an NFL quarterback, but there's no doubt that he's one of the most talented collegiate signal-callers in the SEC.
Sep 16 - 10:37 PM

NFL Media's Daniel Jeremiah is impressed with Mississippi State redshirt sophomore QB Nick Fitzgerald's "size, athleticism and arm strength."

These three traits were cited by NFL Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline in calling Fitzgerald a Rd. 1 sleeper. But both analysts concede Fitzgerald has work to do. "I would like to see him improve his touch and accuracy on underneath and intermediate throws," Jeremiah wrote. "I'm interested to see how he performs both this Saturday [against LSU] and the rest of the fall."
Source: NFL.com
Sep 15 - 1:46 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that many NFL scouts have upgraded Mississippi State redshirt junior T Martinas Rankin from a UDFA grade to a middle-round grade.

"Rankin has really improved his game, as evidenced against Louisiana Tech," Pauline wrote. "He did a terrific job protecting the blind side of quarterback Nick Fitzgerald from La Tech’s speedy edge rushers. Rankin still shows some stiffness and at times looked mechanical, but he’s definitely headed in the right direction." The 6-foot-4, 295-pound Rankin was 247Sports' No. 9 JUCO recruit in the 2015 class.
Sep 15 - 10:41 AM

NFL Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline is told that Mississippi State redshirt sophomore QB Nick Fitzgerald could enter the draft coming off a big year.

"The big-armed passer looked terrible at the start of the Louisiana Tech contest (on Saturday) before getting it back together," Pauline writes. "He actually did more damage with his legs than his arm." There are several first-round candidates at quarterback this year, so Fitzgerald will have to really impress in an accelerated develop in order to earn a grade that suggests going in the first few rounds of the draft. A Day 3 selection is probably in play if he declares this winter.
Sep 14 - 8:45 PM

Mississippi State redshirt sophomore QB Nick Fitzgerald completed 12-of-18 passes for 124 yards, three touchdowns and an interception while rushing for 111 yards and two additional scores in Saturday's 57-21 win over Louisiana Tech.

Fitzgerald wasn't needed for many offensive pyrotechnics in the opener against Charleston Southern (he accounted for three touchdowns in that one, anyway), but he turned up the statistical heat just a bit against actual FBS competition on Saturday. Four of his five touchdowns came in the first half as Mississippi State rolled to a 36-14 lead before hitting the locker room. LSU awaits the Bulldogs next weekend in what should be a prime test for Fitzgerald and crew.
Sep 10 - 12:03 AM

Four-star 2018 JUCO WR Stephen Guidry committed to Mississippi State.

This is a big get for Mississippi State, which could potentially use Guidry as a feature receiver immediately beginning next year. The 6-foot-4, 190-pound Guidry is the top JUCO wide receiver in the land. He'll have two years eligibility remaining in 2018. A former LSU and South Carolina commit, Guidry is "big, physical and fast" and an "imposing figure off the line," according to ESPN's scouting report.
Sep 8 - 12:05 PM

Mississippi redshirt junior DL Chauncey Rivers has been ruled academically ineligible for the 2017 season.

Rivers was kicked off of Georgia's team in 2016 after three marijuana related issues in seven months. "It was a situation from his junior college deal that they had set up for him," head coach Dan Mullen explained in regards to the latest issue. Rivers is a product of "Last Chance U."
Source: 247 Sports
Sep 4 - 9:19 AM

Mississippi State redshirt sophomore QB Nick Fitzgerald completed 16-of-29 passes for 239 yards and two touchdowns while rushing for 41 yards and an additional score in Saturday's 49-0 win over Charleston Southern.

A fine overall game for Fitzgerald in the season-opening win. He put in almost all of his work in the first half before ceding way to true frosh Keytaon Thompson for second-half mop-up duty. A darkhorse Heisman candidate this season, dual-threat gunslinger Fitzgerald accounted for 37 total touchdowns a year ago. Mississippi State will face more sturdy competition next time out when they face off with Louisiana Tech.
Sep 2 - 9:08 PM

SB Nation's Steven Godfrey reports that Mississippi State redshirt sophomore LB Leo Lewis accepted improper benefits from several programs during the recruiting process.

Lewis has been one of the central figures in the NCAA's investigation into potential violations by Ole Miss. Lewis' case goes far beyond just the Rebels, though, with Godfrey reporting that he received "bags of cash" from multiple SEC programs prior to National Signing Day 2015, totaling more than $21,000. He has told the NCAA that he accepted $10,000 from an Ole Miss booster and $11,000 in benefits from current program Mississippi State. This is just the tip of the iceberg and Godfrey's reporting is very much worth reading at the source link.
Source: SB Nation
Aug 25 - 1:05 PM

Mississippi State freshman RB Kylin Hill will not be suspended for his reckless driving arrest.

Hill was arrested by the Mississippi Highway Patrol on Thursday for reportedly driving 120 MPH down Highway 82. Bulldogs HC Dan Mullen addressed the arrest after practice on Friday, saying, "He has some legal issues he is going to have to deal with and pay a fine, I think." Rivals ranked Hill as a three-star recruit for the 2017 cycle. He will try to get back in the coaching staff's good graces over the coming weeks as he looks to build a backup role behind Aeris Williams.
Aug 4 - 7:56 PM


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