Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Mississippi State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2018 QB Jalen Mayden.

Mayden sided with the Bulldogs over Baylor, Louisville, Nebraska and Tennessee. He is intrigued by the prospect of working with Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen, saying, "I liked to see the progression that [his quarterbacks] had from their freshman year to their senior year, and I feel like he really knows how to make a good quarterback." And in a note of synchronicity, the 6-foot-2, 196-pounder actually compared his game to that of Dak Prescott last summer. Scout.com ranks Mayden as the No. 100 overall prospect in the 2018 cycle, with outlet analyst Greg Powers noting that he "can pull the ball down and run as his stats suggest, but he is more of pass first quarterback who will make his reads and progressions in the pocket."
May 23 - 9:38 PM

ESPN's Sam Kahn Jr. writes that Mississippi State freshman LB Willie Gay "should be a candidate to play early."

Gay ranked as ESPN 300's No. 211 prospect in the 2017 cycle. Rivals recruiting director Mike Farrell was impressed that Mississippi State was able to grab his pledge, calling him the "biggest in-state grab" of the past class. The 6-foot-1, 215-pounder will be jostling with Leo Lewis, Gerri Green and Marquiss Spencer for playing time in August camp as the Bulldogs get their depth chart sorted out.
Source: ESPN.com
May 22 - 4:13 PM

SEC Country's Oliver Connolly writes that Mississippi State "need[s] [sophomore DL Jeffery Simmons] to be a dominant run-defender."

"Their front was repeatedly blown off the ball and allowed runners to get to the second level unchallenged," Connolly writes of Mississippi State's shoddy work against the run last season. Simmons entered the collegiate ranks as one of the more controversial recruits in the 2016 cycle, as he was caught on video hitting a woman repeatedly last March. He pleaded no contest to charges of simple assault and malicious mischief. Mississippi State allowed him to enroll after a vetting process. None of this had an impact on his on-field performance as a freshman -- Simmons registered 40 tackles (3.0 for loss) and forced two fumbles last season. "If Simmons can become a one-man wrecking crew inside," Connolly concludes, "he will be a building block to the Bulldogs run defense and make life easier for everyone."
Source: SEC Country
May 19 - 5:03 PM

An NFC area scout told Walter Football's Charlie Campbell that Mississippi State redshirt sophomore QB Nick Fitzgerald is "basically a faster better arm version of [Tim] Tebow."

Scouts lazily threw around Tebow comps for Fitzgerald's predecessor Dak Prescott, mostly because Prescott was running the same Dan Mullen offense that Tebow did at Florida. The comp works better on Fitzgerald, who, ala Tebow, is a raw passer but a supremely gifted runner with a thick frame. The scout mentioned that Mullen has groomed Josh Harris, Alex Smith, Tebow, Prescott, and now Fitzgerald, and actually coached Cam Newton longer than Gus Malzahn did. "Four of those six had barely one offer coming out of high school," he said. "I'd trust Dan Mullen to develop a quarterback over Malzahn. Fitzgerald just broke his school season total offense record following the best player in school history and Fitzgerald is just three years removed from running a Wing T offense in Georgia high school. Plus he's 6-foot-4, 230-pounds." Fitzgerald was one of the biggest surprises of 2016, putting forth a 21/10 TD/INT ratio throwing while adding 1,375 yards on the ground.
May 17 - 4:14 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff reports that Mississippi State redshirt junior LB Gerri Green "probably pushed himself into being a full-time starter" at linebacker this spring.

He'll also be employed as an edge rusher. "Green has been waiting patiently with all the talent in front of him, and he took full advantage of his opportunities this spring," Aschoff wrote. "He won't just take a starting role because of his age, he's earning it with his play." Green has appeared in 24 career games, though he's started only one of them.
Source: ESPN
May 17 - 3:40 PM

Mississippi State redshirt sophomore RB Nick Gibson rushed for 108 yards on 17 carries in the team's spring game.

"We kept it really simple for [Gibson]. And you saw he has some ability running the football. Now what we got to see is the other things from him," said HC Dan Mullen. Among those other things that Mullen would like to see from the 5-foot-11, 195-pounder, Mullen cited "route running, pass protections, blocking, some of those things." Gibson, a former four-star recruit, rushed for 57 yards on nine carries last season. He is part of a stocked running attack for the Bulldogs, slotting in behind Aeris Williams along with Dontavian Lee. Mississippi State's biggest running threat comes from the quarterback, though -- Nick Fitzgerald led the team with 1,375 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns last season.
Source: SEC Country
May 13 - 1:56 PM

Bears signed Mississippi State LB Richie Brown.

Brown (6’2/237) was a two-year starter as the Bulldogs’ middle linebacker, leading the team in tackles as a junior and senior and tallying 21 career tackles for loss along with ten sacks and five interceptions. Not invited to February’s Combine, Brown helped himself with a 4.63 forty, 37-inch vertical, and 6.75 three-cone time at Mississippi State’s Pro Day. Brown’s initial NFL ticket will be on special teams, where he saw extensive action as a freshman and sophomore.
May 2 - 3:06 PM

Panthers signed Mississippi State WR Fred Ross.

Ross (6’1/213) was a two-year starter and four-year contributor for the Bulldogs, graduating with school records in 100-yard games (10) and receiving yards with a career stat line of 199-2,528-22 (12.7 YPR). He earned first-team All-SEC in each of his final two seasons. Ross’ athletic limitations were exposed in Indy with 28th-percentile SPARQ results and middling 4.51 speed. Ross was a good college player who showed Z-slot versatility and knows how to use his body to win, but he struggled to beat physical press coverage, demonstrated inconsistent hands, and lacks elusiveness after the catch. He would do very well to carve out a Mohamed Sanu-like career.
May 1 - 2:52 PM

Seahawks selected Mississippi State T Justin Senior with the No. 210 overall pick in the 2017 NFL draft.

Senior (6’5/331) made 39 starts in five years at Mississippi State – 38 at right tackle and one on the left side – and earned second-team All-SEC as a redshirt senior last year. While Senior looks the part with 34-inch arms and big hands (10 ¼), PFF College charted him with eight sacks allowed over the past three seasons. After struggling at January’s Senior Bowl, Senior’s poor athleticism was exposed in Indy with fourth-percentile SPARQ results. A clear liability in pass protection, Senior may have to learn to play guard to carve out a substantive NFL career. He’s going to struggle mightily against outside rushers.
Apr 29 - 5:08 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline reports that the Steelers recently made a trip to visit Mississippi State edge rusher Johnathan Calvin.

Calvin previously had official visits with the Packers, Seahawks, Raiders and Bengals. "We presently grade Calvin as a UDFA but would not be surprised if he hops into the last round," Pauline wrote.
Apr 26 - 3:10 PM

Mississippi State junior WR Malik Dear suffered a torn ACL in spring practices.

Dear seems likely to miss the season, but Bulldogs HC Dan Mullen isn't ready to concede that just yet. "It will be a while before we know where he’s at and whether or not he’d be available this season," Mullen said. "I think it will be well into August before we have an idea." If Dear missed the campaign, he'd take a redshirt and retain two years of eligibility. Dear had 23 receptions for 264 yards last season.
Apr 12 - 3:37 PM

Mississippi State WR Fred Ross has upcoming visits scheduled with the Panthers and Patriots.

Both teams could be looking for receiving depth on Day 3, and Ross should be a nice find for somebody in that range. Pro Football Focus comps Ross to former Browns WR Greg Little.
Apr 11 - 1:16 PM

Miss State WR Fred Ross visited the Panthers and Patriots.

Ross produced a great year for the Bulldogs numbers wise, catching 72 passes for 917 yards 12 touchdowns. However, he projects as a late round slot receiver, or potential undrafted free agent.
Apr 11 - 10:29 AM

Mississippi State edge rusher Johnathan Calvin has official visits scheduled with the Packers, Seahawks, Raiders and Bengals.

These official visits relayed courtesy of Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline. During the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl practice week in January, Pauline heard that teams were keen on the 6-foot-2, 266-pounder's "athleticism, movement skills and pass-rushing ability." He could potentially land late on Day 3, but Pauline views him as a likely undrafted free agent when all is said and done.
Apr 6 - 8:58 PM

Pro Football Focus compared Mississippi State WR Fred Ross to former Browns WR Greg Little.

"Little had very strong hands (though very inconsistent) and used those to find early success in the NFL despite not having the speed or quickness to separate from defenders," notes the PFF analysis team. The Browns drafted Little in the second round of the 2011 draft, but Ross' won't be seeing that kind of high slot. The outlet writes that he will be facing "a big learning curve transitioning to the NFL" due to a lack of speed, which in turn will lead to a lack of separation against the top-flight athletic talent in the pros.
Mar 31 - 2:04 PM


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