Mississippi State Bulldogs

Mississippi State Bulldogs

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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
Dec 7 - 9:41 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
Dec 4 - 12:09 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.
Nov 26 - 8:43 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.
Nov 26 - 8:08 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.
Nov 20 - 12:12 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.
Nov 19 - 11:44 PM

Mississippi State senior WR Fred Ross caught six passes for 98 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 35-28 win over Texas A&M.

Ross has emerged as one of the most consistent receivers in the country, even if his numbers don't match the top pass catchers in high volume offenses. His number might not reach those of his junior season, but Ross has only solidified his status.
Nov 5 - 3:49 PM

Mississippi State redshirt sophomore QB Nick Fitzgerald converted on 18 of 31 attempts for 209 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions in the school's 35-28 win over Texas A&M.

Fitzgerald added another 182 yards and two touchdowns on the ground. Texas A&M was a surprise No. 4 ranking in the initial College Football Playoff standings, but they were destined to be topped by Washington if the Huskies stay undefeated. Now, it doesn't matter.
Nov 5 - 3:43 PM

Mississippi State named baseball coach John Cohen athletic director.

Here is a somewhat interesting one, simply because you don't generally see active coaches jump up to the administrative ladder quite so quickly. Cohen had served as the Bulldogs' baseball coach since 2009. He will replace Florida-bound AD Scott Stricklin. As Cohen is sliding over to his new desk job, the program is hiring LSU assistant coach Andy Cannizaro to replace him as overseer on the diamond.
Source: SEC Country
Nov 4 - 2:27 PM

Mississippi State redshirt sophomore QB Nick Fitzgerald threw for 417 yards, five touchdowns and two interceptions while rushing for 119 yards and two additional scores in Saturday's 56-41 win over Samford.

Let us all pause for a moment to reflect on the fact that Mississippi State allowed 41 points to Samford. Fitzgerald was good enough against the inferior opponent that the Bulldogs pulled out the win despite their disturbing point tally surrendered. The 6-foot-5, 223-pound redshirt sophomore has now rushed for six touchdowns in his last three games. He has been usable as a match-up play for fantasy purposes, but owners might not want to roll with him again this season. Mississippi State ends the season on a four-game run through murderer's row. They wrap up the 2016 campaign with contests against (in sequential order) Texas A&M, Alabama, Arkansas and Ole Miss.
Oct 29 - 8:06 PM

Mississippi State redshirt sophomore QB Nick Fitzgerald completed 17-of-36 passes for 214 yards, a touchdown and two interceptions while rushing for 41 yards and two touchdowns in Friday's 28-21 double-overtime loss to BYU.

In an offensive game (by both teams) that was largely devoid of offensive fireworks, Fitzgerald did have one legit highlight-reel play. After the game migrated into overtime, Mississippi State received the ball first. The Bulldogs proceeded to drive the ball to within two yards of the end zone, at which point the 6-foot-5, 223-pound redshirt sophomore quarterback ran to the left, saw a slim opening and then hurdled over a defender and landed on his back in the end zone. He immediately jumped up, rightfully pumped at the slick play. Fitzgerald hasn't done enough to warrant true fantasy consideration yet, but he is at least worth keeping an eye on. He has accounted for eight total touchdowns over the last three games.
Oct 15 - 2:15 AM

Mississippi State senior WR Fred Ross caught four passes for 29 yards and a touchdown in the school's 38-14 loss to Auburn.

Ross is viewed as the Bulldogs' No. 1 receiver, but the entire passing game was a failure in this game. The school attempted 35 passes along with 33 runs, totaling just under 300 yards.
Oct 8 - 3:32 PM

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


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