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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

Mississippi State DL coach Brian Baker said that freshman DL Jeffrey Simmons is dealing with a nagging ankle injury.

"He can’t really blow and go the way he wants to and the way he’s used to just yet. A little bit of that is us nursing him though. That’s what’s he frustrated with," Baker said, adding, "The other part he's dealt with." "The other part," in this case, would be the fallout and scrutiny resulting from a March video which showed him hitting a woman repeatedly. He subsequently pleaded no contest to charges of simple assault and malicious mischief. "He understands it. He understands his situation. He’s able to focus and move on," Baker said. "So really, you say a lot of stuff, that’s relative."
Aug 5 - 3:15 PM

Mississippi State senior WR Fred Ross expects to be ready two weeks before the season opener against South Alabama.

Ross took a giant leap forward in 2015, catching 88 passes for 1,007 yards and five touchdowns, including 48 catches in the final five games of the season. Ross is working back from a groin injury that required surgery. Miss State's offense will look quite different without Dak Prescott at quarterback, and it would not be a surprise to see the offense flow through their top receiver.
Aug 2 - 9:57 AM

ESPN.com's Alex Scarborough "got the distinct impression" this spring that Mississippi State redshirt freshman QB Nick Tiano "is the quarterback of the future."

"Coaches and teammates compare his intangibles to — and hold on for this — Dak Prescott," Scarborough wrote. The 6-foot-4, 231-pound dual-threat quarterback was only a three-star recruit out of the prep ranks, but outlets agreed that he was something of a boom-or-bust prospect. "Tiano is a player with a lot of upside," read ESPN's scouting report. "He is athletic and capable of making things happen with his feet yet he needs to develop some polish as a passer. Once he gains some consistency in his delivery he has a chance to be really special." Offensive lineman Justin Senior said, "There’s something about him. I think he’s going to be great."
Source: ESPN
Aug 1 - 8:54 PM

Mississippi State freshman DL Jeffery Simmons was found guilty of simple assault and guilty of malicious mischief.

Simmons was able to enroll at the school despite the impending charges and video evidence of the altercation. The talented freshman will be suspended for the season opener against South Alabama. Simmons has been ordered to cover hospital bills and damage that resulted to the victim's car. The case has now been taken care of in the legal system.
Jul 27 - 8:58 AM

Mississippi State received a commitment from 2017 JUCO OL Tyre Phillips.

"I grew up a fan of Mississippi football and I rooted for both Mississippi State and Ole Miss," Phillips said. A trip to Starkville for a game last season caused him to fall completely for the Bulldogs. The 6-foot-6, 350-pounder noted, "I worked at every position last month at their camp and showed them how mobile I am. And [OL coach John Hevesy] likes how competitive I am and likes my work ethic." He relayed that the Bulldogs want to give him a look at guard after he joins the team this coming winter.
Source: 247Sports
Jul 23 - 5:29 PM

Mississippi State senior WR Fred Ross (groin) indicated that he has progressed to running in his rehab.

Ross missed spring practice after undergoing surgery to repair a groin injury. While he has recovered from the procedure to the point where he is able to run, the 6-foot-2, 207-pounder has not yet been cleared for full participation. His readiness (or not) for the 2016 campaign should become more evident in August. Last season, he caught 88 passes for 1,077 yards and a quintet of touchdowns.
Jul 13 - 12:14 PM

Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen indicated that he had little involvement in the university's decision to enroll freshman DE Jeffery Simmons despite a pending simple assault charge.

"It was a university decision. But I was just thrilled that we’re having Jeffery as part of our family coming in," Mullen said. "I take a lot of pride as a coach on developing young men to be champions, not just on the field, but off the field in every part of their life … and that’s not an easy process." A March video depicted Simmons repeatedly striking a woman. He was charged with simple assault and disturbing the peace, but will only be suspended for the opener against South Alabama. According to Mullen, the university decided on the length of the suspension, too. He believes that the five-star freshman has learned from his mistakes. "I've known him well before the incident, and I think that it was very uncharacteristic of the personality of who he is and the person I've known before and after." Simmons is scheduled to appear in court for the simple assault charge on July 26. The case has already seen two continuances.
Source: ESPN.com
Jul 12 - 2:28 PM

Three-star 2017 S Kaleb Oliver committed to Mississippi State.

One factor in Oliver's decision -- he felt an instant bond with Mississippi State safeties coach Maurice Linguist. "The way he coached really made me comfortable. He described what he wanted you to do with his words then he gets out there and shows you himself," explained the 6-foot-3, 195-pounder. "He's more hands-on so it's easier to grasp and learn." Rivals ranks Oliver as the No. 38 safety prospect for the 2017 cycle.
Source: Rivals
Jun 23 - 1:25 PM

A continuance has been issued in the simple assault case of Mississippi State freshman DE Jeffery Simmons.

At this juncture, it not yet known why the case has been delayed. This is the second continuance that has been issued -- the first came in May after a dispute over restitution payment. The 6-foot-4, 251-pounder is facing charges of simple assault and disturbing the peace after a video surfaced in March showing him hitting a woman repeatedly. Mississippi State allowed their crown jewel in the 2016 class to enroll in classes despite the charges, slapping him with a one-game suspension to be served in the season-opener against South Alabama. It is not known at this time when the case against him will resume.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 14 - 3:45 PM

Mississippi State recruiting assistant Rob Gibson was arrested and charged with driving under the influence on Saturday morning.

This, according to the Oktibbeha County Sheriff's Department. Gibson was pulled over on Highway 182 at 1:27 a.m. Saturday morning. He was later released on bond. A former running back with the Bulldogs in 1998 and 1999, Gibson stepped to his current post in February. He does not have a previous DUI on his record.
Jun 13 - 1:13 PM

Mississippi State defensive coordinator Peter Sirmon came out of the spring impressed with senior DE Johnathan Calvin.

He had every reason to be after Calvin wrecked the offense's spring game, coming away with four sacks and eight tackles. "Defensively we played well," Sirmon said. "We were pretty limited on our package, but the things that stood out to me was Johnathan Calvin looked good on the pass rush and did some nice things and we rushed the quarterback well with a four man rush." Calvin had 5.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks as a reserve last year.
Jun 8 - 5:18 PM


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