Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Mississippi State signed four-star LB Erroll Thompson.

"It’s truly a family there," Thompson said, "the identity of the whole team and how they work as one. Everybody is really close. It’s like everybody lives with each other...They just all march to the same beat, and that’s what got me." The 6-foot-2, 250-pounder out of Florence, Alabama, fails to crack the Rivals250, but ESPN 300's a bit keener on him, checking him at No. 139. This past season at Florence High School, Thompson recorded 117 tackles (16 for loss) and a trio of sacks.
Source: Times Daily
Feb 5 - 12:48 PM

Four-star DT Kobe Jones signed with Mississippi State.

Jones checks in at No. 178 on the ESPN 300. It's a wonder he had any time for his schoolwork given his travel schedule in January. In that month alone, he took official visits to Mississippi State, Alabama, Miami, Missouri and Ole Miss. It all leveled out to a signing with the Bulldogs in the end. The 6-foot-4, 268-pounder "displays heavy hands with strength to jolt and push blockers back with power," notes ESPN, with the Worldwide Leader also suggesting he could develop into a defensive end if he's unable to add on some bulk. They think a redshirt's best for his development come the 2016 season.
Feb 3 - 7:34 PM

Five-star DE Jeffery Simmons signed with Mississippi State.

The 6-foot-4, 275-pounder chose the Bulldogs over Ole Miss, Alabama and Tennessee. Simmons is the No. 3 defensive end in the nation, according to 247Sports. Mississippi State was successfully able to remake a defensive line that suffered a few defections after the season by also adding four-star Starkville DT Kobe Jones.
Feb 3 - 1:39 PM

NFL Media's Lance Zierlein sees a top two round player in Miss State junior DL Chris Jones.

Zierlein showed off a play of Jones beating a guard off the snap and then attacking a blocking running back before barely missing the quarterback due to the ball getting out quickly. Jones posted an unbelievable freshman season but stalled as a sophomore in 2014. Jones plays all over the line, at 5, 3 and 1.
Feb 2 - 10:41 AM

Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott has "a chance to develop into a consistent backup in the NFL," per CBS Sports draft analyst Dane Brugler.

Prescott was named the Senior Bowl's Most Outstanding Player on Saturday. The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder completed 7-of-10 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown in the annual event. That in and of itself wouldn't be enough to boost Prescott as a draft prospect, but in conjunction with strong progressions as a passer over the course of the 2015 campaign, he's worked himself into the conversation as a potential backup. Among the passing stats that Prescott set career bests for last season, completion percentage (66.2%), attempts (477), yards (3,793) and touchdowns (29). He also threw a career-low five interceptions after tossing 11 in 2014.
Source: CBS Sports
Jan 31 - 3:10 PM

Following the conclusion of the Reese's Senior Bowl on Saturday, Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott was named the Most Outstanding Player.

Ohio State WR Braxton Miller had already been named the Practice Player of the Week, but Prescott comes away with the actual game honors on the strength of a 7-of-10, 61-yard, one-touchdown performance. He looked comfortable on the field and showed no compunction when it came to chucking the ball deep. MOP is a nice little feather in the 6-foot-2, 230-pound battering ram's cap, but the game itself is viewed by the scouting community as less important than the practice week. Still, his Senior Bowl performance is just another sign of his development as a passer, something that NFL Media analyst Charles Davis saw as an "enormous improvement" over the course of the 2015 campaign.
Jan 30 - 8:05 PM

Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott completed 7-of-10 passes for 61 yards and a touchdown while rushing for 13 yards on three carries in Saturday's Reese's Senior Bowl.

Nice stuff from Prescott, who entered in the second quarter and showed an immediate level of comfort. The 6-foot-2, 230-pound former Bulldog hooked up with Southeast Missouri State wideout Paul McRoberts on a five-yard scoring pass with 0:22 remaining in the first half. In late December, CBS Sports analyst Dane Brugler wrote that he thinks Prescott could latch on as a backup at the next level thanks to his development as a passer this past season.
Jan 30 - 6:09 PM

Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott said, "We have tons of guys in college football right now who are dual-threat guys who can use their feet. It’s opening the door for us."

Prescott counted Russell Wilson and Cam Newton as quarterbacks who he believe have helped pave the way for dual-threat gunslingers such as himself. Said the 6-foot-2, 230-pounder, "Guys who can make throws from the pocket but can also use their feet and put the pressure on the defense. The defense never knows what’s coming." He hasn't exactly received rave reviews during the Senior Bowl practice week, but earlier this week, NFL Media analyst Charles Davis noted that he's seen legitimate improvement in Prescott's passing mechanics over the last year. This past season, he completed a career-best 66.2% of his passes. While Prescott's legs are certainly a plus, whether he can find ultimate success in the NFL is going to hinge on the advancement of his passing.
Source: rivals.com
Jan 30 - 1:32 PM

NFL Media analyst Charles Davis notes that he saw "enormous improvement" out of Mississippi State QB Dak Prescott during the 2015 campaign.

Wrote Davis, "In 2015, I saw a QB [in Prescott] that really had worked on his mechanics, his touch, and his ability to not just hit open targets, but to put the ball in better places for his receivers." The 6-foot-2, 230-pounder completed 66.2% of his passes this past season, the best mark of his career. That number's on 477 attempts, to boot, also his highest career number. Davis concluded that he believes Prescott "deserves the opportunity to be an NFL QB with his skill set, and talents."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 26 - 8:03 PM

Mississippi State hired Louisville CB coach Terrell Buckley to serve as secondary coach and recruiting coordinator.

Buckley will be replacing Deshea Townsend, who will be joining the Tennessee Titans. The Mississippi native's looking forward to returning home. "The opportunity to come back and work at a place where you were born and raised doesn’t come true for a lot of folks," Buckley said. "I am blessed that it has for me. I’m excited to get to work with coach Mullen, our staff and our players here." Prior to his new stint with the Bulldogs, Buckley had been cornerbacks coach for Louisville over the last two seasons.
Jan 22 - 8:27 PM

Mississippi State hired USC recruiting coordinator Peter Sirmon to serve as defensive coordinator.

Sirmon had been recruiting coordinator with the Trojans for the past two seasons. Not only will he be bumped to DC with the Bulldogs, he'll also be serving as LB coach. This all comes about due to former DC Manny Diaz's departure to Miami. In a statement, HC Dan Mullen said, "Peter is one of the bright young defensive minds in all of college football. He will relate to our players well, and he has outstanding knowledge of the game with his experience as a college coach and former NFL linebacker."
Jan 22 - 8:07 PM

The Packers are interested in Mississippi State ILB Ben Brown, per TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline.

"Green Bay Packers general manager Ted Thompson spent a lot of time scouting the linebackers during the first Shrine practice [on Monday]," Pauline wrote. "And while he’s not in attendance at the Shrine Game, sources tell me the team really likes Mississippi State junior Beniquez Brown, whom I grade as a third round choice." Mississippi State's defensive anchor declared for the NFL with a season of eligibility to go. It wasn't a surprise, as he is a top-five ILB prospect.
Jan 19 - 3:06 PM

An area scout believes Miss State CB Will Redmond may have been a first-rounder had he not torn his ACL.

The injury occurred back in October. "Love him," the area scout, assigned to the Bulldogs, said. "Competitive. Athletic. Tough. Could've been a first-rounder." Another southern area scout said: "He could've really helped himself if he were to stay healthy. He was definitely trending up. He'll be a good nickel in the league. He's tough and competitive." Redmond's rehab is reportedly going well, though NFL teams will find out for sure at the combine next month. "Maybe the biggest drawback on Redmond is his lack of a very long track record -- this was his first year as a starter, which is why being able to play the year out might have changed everything, even if he is lacking a little in length (which is part of why he's better suited inside than out)," wrote Albert Breer. "As it is now, someone could get a steal in the third or fourth round."
Source: NFL.com
Jan 18 - 7:54 PM

Mississippi State redshirt sophomore Elijah Staley left the basketball team to focus solely on football.

Staley is gunning for the starting quarterback position and figures he better devote himself full-time to that athletic endeavor. "I just want to thank coach (Ben) Howland and the Mississippi State basketball team for the opportunity to live out my dream in being able to play two sports on a college level," Staley posted on Twitter."As of today I have decided to focus on playing football only and would like to thank everyone for the support y'all have given me in playing both." The 6-foot-5, 248-pound Staley is expected to compete with Nick Fitzgerald for the starting quarterback job and the opportunity to replace Dak Prescott, with junior Damian Williams and redshirt freshman Nick Tiano also in the mix.
Jan 18 - 2:57 PM

TFY Draft Insider's Tony Pauline reports Mississippi State junior ILB Ben Brown will enter the draft.

Brown, who is following Mississippi State DL Chris Jones out the door, requested an NFL evaluation in December. Whether he liked what he heard or not we haven't been apprised. Regardless, Brown is taking his talents to the pros. Mississippi State's defensive anchor is a top-five ILB prospect, offering a "great combination of toughness, instincts and discipline," per Pauline. The analyst gave Brown a fourth-round grade in the preseason, though we'd assume Pauline now sees Brown as a Day 2 talent.
Jan 6 - 6:00 PM


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