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ESPN's Mark Schlabach reports that attorneys representing Ole Miss and its former coaches and administrators have asked that Mississippi State players Leo Lewis and Kobe Jones be required to attend the Rebels' infractions hearing.

The infractions hearing, scheduled for later this summer, will delve into whether the Rebels violated various NCAA rules. They are accused of 21 violations in sum. Jones, a four-star 2016 recruit, previously alleged that an Ole Miss booster paid him around $15,000 to sign with the Rebels. Instead, he signed with the Bulldogs. Lewis famously accused Rebels boosters and former coaches of offering transportation, lodging, food and memorabilia and clothing from a retail store in Oxford. Ole Miss, which self-imposed a bowl ban this season and stripped itself of seven scholarships, is also facing a lawsuit from former head coach Houston Nutt. Most recent HC Hugh Freeze resigned last week, but the school said that was because of his phone records (which included a call to an escort service) and not due to the NCAA's investigation.
Source: ESPN
Jul 26 - 2:55 PM

Mississippi State four-star 2018 verbal WR commit Malik Heath is considering taking an official visit to Nebraska.

"My commitment to Mississippi State is very strong right now but I’m still keeping my options open because there are just a lot of opportunities and I want to find the best opportunity to where I can make it the league," Heath said. In addition to kicking around the possibility of a Nebraska official, the 6-foot-4, 200-pounder is hoping to visit Florida and Florida State before the start of his senior season at Callaway High (Mississippi). Rivals ranks Heath as the No. 187 overall prospect for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jul 16 - 2:43 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior S Brandon Bryant can deadlift 600 pounds and squat 450.

A freak athlete, Bryant ran a 4.29 forty-yard dash this spring. He also boasts a vertical jump of 35 inches, which would have been in the top-10 among safeties at the 2017 NFL Scouting Combine.
Source: NFL.com
Jul 5 - 3:21 PM

Mississippi State DL Deion Pope, a recent JUCO signee, has left the program after six months.

Pope was viewed by some services as the No. 1 JUCO DT in the country. He enrolled in January but apparently wants to play closer to home, so a move to Jacksonville State is apparently on the horizon. A coaching change on the defensive side of the ball might have been a factor as well.
Jun 29 - 10:31 AM

ESPN's Alex Scarborough writes "don’t be surprised if (Mississippi State redshirt sophomore LB Leo) Lewis becomes an All-SEC caliber linebacker in 2017."

Mississippi State was out-and-out abysmal defensively last season, with Scarborough passing along the eye-popping stat that the Bulldogs surrendered nearly 6,000 yards of total offense for the campaign as a whole. Not for lack of trying by Lewis (6'2/235), who registered 79 tackles (5.0 for loss) and a sack in 13 games. He is expected to take on an even larger role as both a leader and an on-field performer now that LB Richie Brown -- who inked up with the Buccaneers as an undrafted free agent -- is no longer on the roster for the Bulldogs. Lewis has already gained a small level of infamy due to his reportedly telling the NCAA that Ole Miss offered him improper benefits during the recruiting process.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 27 - 10:59 PM

Rivals was mostly unimpressed with the performance of Mississippi State four-star 2018 verbal QB commit Jalen Mayden at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge.

"The Mississippi State commit didn’t exactly separate himself from the other passers with his performance," notes the outlet. They pass along that some of his passes "fluttered" on him during the camp. That being said, Rivals likes his smarts and accuracy. A noteworthy performance in Indianapolis could have potentially catapulted him up the Rivals250 board, where he currently stands as the No. 11 dual-threat quarterback for the 2018 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jun 15 - 6:43 PM

SEC Country's Oliver Connelly posits that Mississippi State redshirt sophomore QB Nick Fitzgerald is the most exciting quarterback in the conference.

"His vision and crisp movements form a deadly combination. He finds holes before they appear," Connelly writes. "But he’s willing to wait for the right time before scooting through the gaps in the defensive front, showing the patience to let his offensive line set up intricate angle-blocking concepts and not out-running them like many young play makers." We are right on board with Mr. Connelly when it comes to the 6-foot-4, 230-pound Fitzgerald, one of our our favorites in the young crop of SEC quarterbacking talent. This past season, he threw for 2,423 yards and rushed for 1,375 while accounting for 37 touchdowns. A darkhorse Heisman run is very well within play during the coming season.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 15 - 5:59 PM

Rebel Rags, an Ole Miss clothing store in Oxford, filed a lawsuit against Mississippi State players Leo Lewis and Kobe Jones as well as Laremy Tunsil's stepfather, Lindsey Miller.

Per the Clarion-Ledger, the lawsuit is for "defamation, slander, conspiracy and commercial disparagement stemming from false statements made to the NCAA and have since been published in the (university's response to the) notice of allegations." Rebels Rags contends that it was falsely cited during the NCAA's probe into Ole Miss football as having given free merchandise from Rebel Rags to recruits. The store says every item was purchased legally, and further states that it has the records to prove it.
Jun 12 - 12:50 PM

SEC Country's Shehan Jeyarajah tagged Mississippi State redshirt sophomore WR Keith Mixon as a potential breakout performer for the coming season.

"The Bulldogs have better receivers and running backs. However, Mixon’s versatility as a freshman set him apart," Jeyarajah writes. This past season, the 5-foot-8, 175-pounder saw a little of rushing action (25 carries for 106 yards) and a little bit of receiving action (19-228-2 line) across 13 games played. Concluded the SEC analyst, "As Dan Mullen opts to use Mixon more in different ways, his production will increase." Heading into the summer, Mixon is looking like a solid bet to start alongside fellow wideouts Donald Gray and Jamal Couch.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 11 - 12:31 PM

ESPN's Edward Aschoff writes that Mississippi State senior WR Donald Gray "will definitely have a shot at 1,000 yards."

Aschoff notes that even with leading wideout Fred Ross around to suck up targets last season, Gray still managed a 41-709-5 receiving line. He averaged a meaty 17.3 yards per reception. Not only is Ross now out of the picture, QB Nick Fitzgerald has been focusing on improving his passing technique this spring and should have a more full grasp of HC Dan Mullen's offense during the coming season.
Source: ESPN.com
Jun 8 - 7:12 PM

Mississippi State redshirt sophomore QB Nick Fitzgerald said that this offseason, he has been working on his footwork and passing mechanics.

"[I’m] cleaning up some footwork, cleaning up technique here and there with my throwing. Trying to get the accuracy up. Trying to complete more passes," Fitzgerald said. In addition, the 6-foot-4, 230-pounder explained that "[s]taying in the pocket, trying to make reads, trying to feel pocket presence has been a huge emphasis." Fitzgerald is one of six SEC quarterbacks since 2000 to have passed for 2,000 yards (he threw for 2,423 in 2016) and 900 yards rushing (he rushed for 1,375 yards in 2016). He accounted for 37 total touchdowns last season.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 6 - 9:00 PM

Rivals recruiting analyst Nick Krueger believes that a strong performance by Mississippi State four-star verbal QB commit Jalen Mayden at the Rivals100 Five-Star Challenge could push him up the rankings board.

As matters currently stand, Mayden does not land in the Rivals250. When those rankings were initially released, he was part of the master list. Krueger writes that the 6-foot-2, 196-pounder "has experience in 7-on-7 tournaments and should be capable of giving himself a chance to play his way back into the Rivals250 as he prepares for his senior season." The 6-foot-2, 196-pounder committed to Mississippi State near the end of May and indicated that a large draw for him was the developmental trajectory that Dak Prescott went through with the Bulldogs.
Source: Rivals
Jun 2 - 7:01 PM

Mississippi State redshirt sophomore QB Nick Fitzgerald served as a counselor at Steve Clarkson's Quarterback Retreat over the weekend.

Fitzgerald put in eight hours of work tutoring up high school prospects during the Memorial Day weekend. His invitation as a counselor is just another sign of how his prestige has grown over the past year-plus. The 6-foot-4, 230-pounder threw for 2,423 yards with a 21/10 TD/INT ratio while rushing for 1,375 yards and 16 touchdowns in 2016. Those 1,375 yards were good for the second-most in the SEC (regardless of position). If you're looking for a Heisman sleeper, Fitzgerald certainly fits that bill.
May 30 - 3:40 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior S Brandon Bryant ran a 4.29s forty-yard dash this spring.

And that's not even his fastest ever forty; Bryant has been timed as low as 4.24. He's finished with a sub-4.3 second 40-yard dash three separate times during team testing. Bryant is well aware of his speed, wearing the jersey No. 1 because he finishes first in races with his teammates.
Source: NFL.com
May 29 - 1:56 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior RB Aeris Williams said, "It's going to be hard to stop me this year."

"He is very confident in what he’s doing," said RB coach Greg Knox. "He is very knowledgeable in what he is doing. He is playing with that confidence that you want a guy to play with." While readying for the coming season this spring, Williams has packed on a little weight, with the 6-foot-1 sophomore indicating that he is now around 222 pounds -- compared to the 215 he was listed at last season. He rushed for 720 yards (5.3 YPC) and four touchdowns in 2016, numbers which he will try to top as the expected starter during the coming campaign.
May 28 - 3:25 PM


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