Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Mississippi State senior WR Fred Ross caught eight passes for 126 yards and two touchdowns in Saturday's 47-35 victory over UMass.

This was Ross' first 100-yard showing of the year. The Bulldogs may have gotten the win, but they had to erase a third-quarter deficit to beat one of the worst teams in the FBS, another indication that this may end up being a long autumn. The 6-foot-2, 207-pound Ross has great body control but needs to show NFL scouts improved consistency this year. The Bulldogs get a week off before hosting Auburn.
Sep 24 - 7:56 PM

Mississippi State senior WR Fred Ross caught six passes for 89 yards and a touchdown in Saturday's 23-20 loss to LSU.

Ross caught a seven-yard touchdown pass with 3:38 remaining in the game. That one drew the Bulldogs to within 23-20. They would get the ball back, but were unable to score on that final offensive series. Through three games, the 6-foot-2, 207-pound Ross has caught 18 passes for 179 yards and two touchdowns. He made a school-record 88 catches last season, a number he will be hard-pressed to match with his relatively quiet start to the 2016 campaign.
Sep 17 - 10:54 PM

Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen said that redshirt sophomore QB Nick Fitzgerald "a little more explosive with the ball in his hand than Dak [Prescott]."

Mullen also noted that Fitzgerald might be faster than the Dak Attack. The 6-foot-5, 223-pounder lit South Carolina on fire last Saturday, melting them with 178 yards passing (two touchdowns, one interception) and 195 yards rushing (11.5 YPC). His 10.8 YPC average for the season leads the SEC. LSU awaits them for Saturday as the Bulldogs continue to remold their team's image.
Sep 15 - 7:48 PM

Mississippi HC Dan Mullen indicated that his defense will not change depending on whether LSU starts senior QB Danny Etling or junior QB Brandon Harris.

"I’ll be honest … it doesn’t matter who they put at quarterback," Mullen said. "We’ve got to get pressure on them. They’ve got such great wide receivers… out on the edge and such big-time playmakers. Whoever plays at quarterback, we’ve got to get pressure on them." All signs point to Purdue transfer Etling starting against the Bulldogs, with LSU HC Les Miles going so far as to say that he "can't imagine" that Etling would not at least start the game. After opening the season with a disappointing loss to South Alabama, Mississippi State rebounded to beat South Carolina 27-14 last weekend. Needless to say, LSU figures to provide their toughest test of the season to date.
Source: SEC Country
Sep 15 - 4:10 PM

Mississippi State announced redshirt sophomore Nick Fitzgerald as the starting quarterback against South Carolina.

HC Dan Mullen waited all the way up until kickoff. He said Fitzgerald will play the whole game, relegating junior Damian Williams to backup duties.
Sep 10 - 7:08 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Damian Williams took over for Nick Fitzgerald after three throws in the school's loss to South Alabama.

Williams completed 20 of 28 attempts for 143 yards and one touchdown. He was also the team's leading rusher 93 yards. The Bulldogs have a lot of work to do on offense after opening the game up 17-0, then fading down the stretch. Dak Prescott left huge shoes to fill.
Sep 3 - 5:25 PM

Mississippi State will turn to redshirt sophomore Nick Fitzgerald as the starting QB against South Alabama, according to beat writer Bob Carskadon.

Fitzgerald and junior Damian Williams will both play in the first quarter, according to the report. Obviously there a enormous shoes to fill in the Bulldogs offense, with Dak Prescott now in the NFL. The school faces South Carolina and LSU after South Alabama.
Sep 3 - 10:29 AM

Starkville city prosecutor Caroline Moore will not continue to pursue charges of DUI and disturbing the peace against Mississippi State senior DT Nick James.

James was arrested last weekend. Details are still vague in the case, but it looks like he will be able to put it behind him moving forward. Municipal judge Rodney Faver agreed to what is known as a nolle prosequi, with Moore and Starkville Police Chief Frank Nichols signing the order. In essence, it means that there was not enough evidence for a legitimate prosecution. Mississippi State could still suspend the 6-foot-4, 330-pounder (this was his fourth arrest since joining the Bulldogs), but no disciplinary measures of that nature have been made public at this time. Mississippi State opens the season against South Alabama on Saturday.
Sep 2 - 12:28 PM

Former Michigan State sophomore DE Montez Sweat committed to Mississippi State for the 2017 season and will spend this year at the JUCO level.

Sweat left the Spartans in April after he was suspended in late September and was seemingly never on the same page as the staff. "Potential" and "physical ability" are likely the selling points for the Bulldogs talking themselves into adding Sweat in the future.
Source: 247 Sports
Aug 30 - 9:33 AM

Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen indicated that he is not set on his starting quarterback for the coming season.

Mullen did let on that the competition had narrowed down to redshirt sophomore Nick Fitzgerald and junior Damian Williams, but he isn't ready to name a starter among the pair and said that the Bulldogs will likely play two quarterbacks against South Alabama. "I’m not trying to be deceptive and I was wanting complete clarity and having a defined No. 1," Mullen explained. "But I don’t think there is one yet so I plan on us playing more than one (quarterback) in the first quarter." They should be able to breeze to a win over South Alabama in the opener regardless of who helms the ship, but LSU shows on their schedule just two weeks later. They play South Carolina in-between those two contests.
Aug 29 - 3:20 PM

Mississippi State senior DT Nick James was arrested early on Sunday morning.

Oktibbeha County chief deputy Chadd Garnett has confirmed with The Clarion-Ledger that James was arrested, but declined to offer further details. Mississippi State is aware of the incident and is in the process of gathering more information. One report from the Starkville Daily News has the 6-foot-4, 330-pounder being arrested for public intoxication, but that has yet to be confirmed by the authorities. Regardless of the circumstance, this is the fourth time that James has been arrested in his three-plus years with the Bulldogs. James, a former four-star recruit, was a 10-game starter in 2015 and recorded 26 tackles and a forced fumble.
Aug 28 - 6:59 PM

Mississippi State senior CB Tolando Cleveland will miss the 2016 season with a torn ACL.

Unfortunately for the Bulldogs faithful, Cleveland's injury wasn't the only one to befell the Mississippi State secondary. In addition, senior CB Cedric Jiles recently suffered a broken arm and will not play until October, at the earliest. Both young gentlemen were expected starters for the coming season, leaving HC Dan Mullen to scramble. Lashard Durr and Jamoral Graham are two replacement options and Mullen indicated that S Jamal Peters could play corner in a pinch, too.
Source: SEC Country
Aug 25 - 3:15 PM

Mississippi State WR Billy Gonzales said that senior WR Fred Ross (groin) has been cleared medically.

Ross underwent groin surgery this spring and while he is expected to be ready for the season-opener against South Alabama, Mississippi State isn't tossing the 6-foot-2, 207-pounder into the practice deep end. Said Gonzales, "He wants to go, go, go, go, regardless of the situation. He’s cleared to do everything. At the same time, my responsibility is to make sure he’s ready to go, but make sure we’re not wearing him out." Ross set a school record with 88 receptions last season. Those catches went for 1,007 yards and five touchdowns.
Aug 23 - 1:24 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Elijah Staley transferred to

Staley will suit up for Tyler Junior College this season. The 6-foot-6, 248-pounder saw predictably limited action backing up Dak Prescott last season, completing 3-of-5 passes for 51 yards and a touchdown. He was a three-star recruit out of high school.
Aug 19 - 3:51 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Elijah Staley will transfer.

"We would like to thank Elijah for his contributions to our football team. During his time here, he has always been a hard worker and a great teammate. We wish him nothing but the best as he pursues another opportunity," said HC Dan Mullen. Playing behind Dak Prescott last season, the 6-foot-5, 248-pounder saw game action just twice. Staley had been one of four quarterbacks vying to replace Prescott this season. Looks like it will be down to Nick Fitzgerald, Damian Williams and Nick Tiano, now.
Aug 13 - 5:27 PM


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