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247Sports' Steve Robertson reports that Mississippi State will hire former South Alabama HC Joey Jones to serve as special teams coordinator.

Jones helmed the ship at South Alabama from 2008-17 before opting to resign from his post at the end of the most recent campaign. The Jaguars finished just 4-8 for the season. Overall, Jones owned a 52-50 record during his lengthy tenure at the program. This new gig with Mississippi State will be his first coaching in the SEC.
Feb 22 - 6:52 PM

Mississippi State freshman WR Nathaniel Watson was arrested on Friday in relation to an alleged drag race.

Watson (6'3/200) signed with Mississippi State at the beginning of the month, but there's now been major complication. He was arrested on Friday in Maplesville, Alabama, after being involved in what the police report describes as a drag race with a high school classmate. According to the authorities, the race "ended" after Watson was forced to swerve to avoid an oncoming vehicle, at which point he lost control of the wheel and crashed into a power pole, cutting it in half and shorting out power to parts of town in the process. Yikes. Making matters worse, Watson had a passenger in his car and that passenger sustained injury serious enough to require an airlifting to the hospital. All of this has resulted in multiple charges against the three-star athlete, the most major of which is being reported as a first-degree assault charge, a felony. Mississippi State has issued a "no comment at this time" statement on the unfortunate incident.
Feb 17 - 1:52 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline hears that Mississippi State T Martinas Rankin may have to kick inside to guard or center in the NFL.

Pauline goes so far as to call such a move for Rankin "very likely." The analyst notes that he has yet to hear from a team source who views the 6-foot-5, 307-pounder as a left tackle for the next level. Pauline's outlet stamps Rankin with a grade for Rds. 2-3 at this juncture.
Feb 14 - 1:16 PM

Draft Analyst's Tony Pauline believes that Mississippi State TE Jordan Thomas has "starting potential" at the next level.

Thomas is massive (6'5/270), and impressed scouts with his ability to line up out wide during the East-West Shrine Game practices. Pauline writes that Thomas "may need to redshirt for a year once he starts his NFL career, but the massive tight end has starting potential. He was kind of all over the place at Mississippi State, yet one can’t help but be impressed watching him move his frame around the field." We'll be very curious to see how he performs at the combine.
Feb 12 - 1:24 PM

Mississippi State signed four-star 2018 T Kwatrivous Johnson in December.

Johnson (6'8/359) hooked up with the Bulldogs during the early signing period. He's one of the largest prospects in the 2018 class, but is also a surprising nimble athlete. He'll have to closely monitor his weight in Starkville if he's to maximize his potential. On the 247Sports composite board for the 2018 cycle, Johnson sauntered his way in at No. 294 overall.
Source: 247Sports
Feb 8 - 3:47 PM

Georgia will reportedly bring back Mississippi State special teams coach Scott Fountain to be the new ST coach.

Fountain's time with Mississippi State was short lived, as he was only with the program for a little over a month. He comes back to Georgia to replace Shane Beamer, who is left the Bulldogs to join the Oklahoma coaching staff. He also has coached for Iowa State, UCF, Florida State and Middle Tennessee in various roles.
Feb 7 - 3:34 PM

Penn State and former DC Bob Shoop reached a settlement on two outstanding lawsuits.

Penn State sued Shoop for $900,000 last summer, alleging that he owed that money due to his initial contract stipulations which required him to pay back the school if he took a position other than head coach at another university during the course of the contract. Shoop accepted the defensive-coordinating job at Tennessee in January of 2016. Following Penn State's initial lawsuit, Shoop countersued on the basis of what he termed to be a "hostile, negative work environment" in Happy Valley. Both of these suits have now been settled. Shoop was hired to serve as defensive coordinator by Mississippi State in December.
Feb 2 - 12:04 PM

NFL Media draft analyst Mike Mayock says that "a lot of people are talking" about Jordan Thomas after East-West Shrine Game practices.

"A lot of people are talking about him, says Mayock. "At 270 pounds, he has an amazing catch radius and really good hands. Everybody knows he's a tight end except for him." Thomas is almost assuredly going to have to move inline and play tight end at the next level,but the fact that he can compete outside is very impressive. Teams are always looking for red-zone threats who can move outside and get the jump ball, and it sounds like he'll be able to do that. He'll be a fun one to watch on Saturday.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 19 - 9:49 PM

Mississippi State WR/TE Jordan Thomas wants to prove that he can function as a tight end in the NFL.

The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder is a receiver trapped in a tight end's body. He's been functioning as a receiver at East-West Shrine Game practices. "I want to show scouts I can block," Thomas said. "That's what this week is about; everybody knows I can catch and run," he said. "My money reps are in the blocking. We're a guy short at receiver, though, so if they throw me out there, I'm going to show them that, too. I'm always open." Thomas posted 22 catches for 263 yards and three touchdowns last season.
Source: NFL.com
Jan 17 - 7:55 PM

Mississippi State WR/TE Jordan Thomas met with the Saints, Bucs and Broncos on Tuesday.

The 6-foot-5, 280-pounder holds plenty of intrigue as a receiver trapped in a tight end's body. He's been playing receiver at the East-West Shrine Game. Thomas had 22 catches for 263 yards and three touchdowns last fall in a run-first offense. He'll earn a Day 3 call with a decent process.
Jan 16 - 6:54 PM

Multiple outlets are reporting that Mississippi State has hired Penn State recruiting coordinator Mike Villagrana to serve as recruiting director.

Villagrana has been helping to head up recruiting efforts in Happy Valley since 2015. Prior to his three-year stint with the Nittany Lions, he had worked on staff at Savannah State (2014-15) and Hampton (2009-13).
Jan 14 - 1:16 PM

Mississippi State senior TE Jordan Thomas accepted an invite to play in the East-West Shrine Game.

Thomas (6'6/280) is listed as a wideout for the game, but that's an awful big wide receiver. The senior finished 2017 with 22 catches for 363 yards, and scored two touchdowns. His size is sure to intrigue scouts at the next level, but is currently seen as a late-round pick or possible undrafted free agent.
Jan 11 - 10:42 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior DE Montez Sweat will return for his senior season and not enter the 2018 NFL Draft.

Sweat's first season with the Bulldogs was an unqualified success; leading the SEC in sacks with 10 and also leading the league in tackles behind the line of scrimmage with 16. The former Michigan State player will have a chance to be one of the best defenders -- again -- in the conference in 2018, and another strong season could see him enter first-round consideration.
Jan 6 - 5:06 PM

Football Scoop reports that Mississippi State will hire Georgia special teams analyst Scott Fountain following the National Championship Game.

Prior to coming over to Georgia this summer, Fountain had spent the previous four seasons on staff at Auburn. He also has previous experience with Iowa State, Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee, UCF and Florida State. Just what role Fountain will take with Mississippi State is not currently known.
Jan 2 - 2:08 PM

Mississippi State freshman RB Kylin Hill rushed eight times for 29 yards in Saturday's 31-27 win against Louisville in the Taxslayer Bowl.

Hill bounced back from an off-the-field issue to post 78 carries, 393 yards and two touchdowns in his first year on campus in Starkville. He was a nice change of pace to Aeris Williams when the junior needed a breather. The 5-foot-11, 212-pounder has a bright future as a downhill runner, as he could really be a hammer in short-yardage and goal-line situations if he adds a little more beef to his frame.
Sat, Dec 30, 2017 05:37:00 PM


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