Mississippi State Bulldogs

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ESPN's Craig Haubert compared Mississippi State four-star 2019 verbal DT commit Nathan Pickering to Mississippi State DT Jeffery Simmons.

"From an ability and ceiling-for-development standpoint, Pickering brings similar physical tools," Haubert writes of the similarities between the 6-foot-5, 277-pound baby Bulldog and Simmons. The latter has developed into one of the top defensive tackle prospect in the country since signing on with Mississippi State in 2016. Haubert notes that Pickering is "a talented, versatile defensive line prospect whose best football is very much still ahead of him." He's also the highest-ranked recruit in the Bulldogs' 2019 recruiting class, sliding into the ESPN 300 at No. 62 overall.
Jun 23 - 12:58 PM

Mississippi State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 WR Dannis Jackson.

Jackson was also entertaining offers from schools like Ole Miss, Arkansas, LSU and Florida; among others. He ranks 17th among all wideouts in ESPN's rankings of 2019 prospects, and eighth among a strong crop of Mississippi players. Reports indicate that the 6-foot, 180-pound Jackson is slippery with the football, and can also make an impact vertically with solid speed. With that commit, the Bulldogs now rank sixth overall in 247 Sports class rankings, an third in the SEC. Joe Moorhead is quickly showing he's an elite recruiter.
Jun 22 - 7:27 PM

Mississippi State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 DE Nathan Pickering.

Pickering's leaders in November were Alabama, FSU, Georgia, LSU and Mississippi State, and ultimately, it's the Bulldogs he pledges to. Verbally, anyway. Pickering (6'5/277) is a high-profile commit for their 2019 class, ranking fourth among all defensive ends in the composite rankings of 247 Sports, and second among players from the state of Mississippi.
Jun 22 - 6:26 PM

NFL Draft Scout Senior Analyst Rob Rang reports that teams were informed that Mississippi State redshirt junior S Brandon Bryant is officially eligible for the supplemental draft.

Bryant (5'11/205) joins Virginia Tech corner Adonis Alexander and Western Michigan corner Sam Beal as eligible players for the draft, which will take play on July 11. Bryant had academic and off-field issues at Mississippi State, and was not practicing this spring. He offers tremendous athleticism, however, with upper-echelon speed and the ability to deadlift 600 pounds. Rang calls this the most talented supplemental class in years, and it wouldn't be surprising to see all three defenders drafted.
Jun 18 - 5:19 PM

NFL.com's Lance Zierlein believes Mississippi State redshirt senior QB Nick Fitzgerald is "firmly on the radar" for NFL scouts.

Zierlein writes "Fitzgerald's accuracy can accurately be described as scattershot, and he's clearly not ready to take over an NFL passing attack. However, he is a capable dual-threat QB with great size, a strong arm, and the athletic ability to punish defenses on the ground." Fitzgerald is a prototypical quarterback prospect with "physical tools" to succeed and "raw" but hasn't put it all together on the field yet. A good season will likely land him as a mid-round draft pick with upside.
Source: NFL.com
Jun 15 - 2:42 PM

Mississippi State redshirt senior DE Montez Sweat ranked 4th in Pro Football Focus' pass-rush productivity metric.

Sweat led the SEC in sacks last season with 10 and ranked 25th in QB hits and 32nd in QB hurries among returning FBS edge-rushers. He started his career at Michigan State but after transferring to Mississippi State has become a dominant pass-rusher. Another productive season will likely land Sweat in the first round of the 2019 draft.
Jun 15 - 11:49 AM

Mississippi State redshirt sophomore WR Reggie Todd was arrested for assault.

No details have been released so far but this doesn't reflect well on Todd. HC Joe Moorhead released a statement saying, "We are aware of the incident involving Reggie Todd. Reggie has been suspended indefinitely from all team activities." Todd is a former three-star recruit who redshirted his freshman season in 2016, and caught 14 passes for 160 yards and a touchdown last season. Depending on the details of the incident, Todd could be facing a wide range of disciplinary actions.
Jun 14 - 2:07 PM

Mississippi State senior S Mark McLaurin was named to Athlon Sports' preseason All-SEC second team.

McLaurin (6'2/215) has steadily developed over the course of his three seasons in Starkville, with this past season representing his most glittering work to date. For the campaign, the then-junior posted 79 tackles (3.5 for loss), 1.5 sacks, six interceptions and six passes defended. Those six interceptions were good for tops in the conference and the fourth most in all of the NCAA.
Source: 247Sports
Jun 8 - 1:44 PM

NFL Network's Tom Pelissero reports that former Mississippi State redshirt junior S Brandon Bryant has declared for the supplemental draft.

Bryant (5'11/205) is an athletic specimen capable of deadlifting 600 pounds and squatting 450 pounds, with a 40-yard dash time as fast as 4.24 seconds and a vertical jump of 35 inches. Had he declared for the spring draft and taken part in combine testing, the redshirt junior would have been among the top performers at safety. A DUI arrest at the end of January complicated his situation with Mississippi State. He was not practicing in the spring due to reported academic strife and left the team in early April. While Bryant has an intriguing athletic profile, the supplemental draft is very much a gamble. A player has not been selected in one since the Rams used a fifth-round pick on Clemson T Isaiah Battle in the summer of 2015. The date for the supplemental draft has not been set as of yet.
Jun 6 - 12:50 PM

ESPN's Alex Scarborough lists wide receiver as the biggest question mark on the Mississippi roster.

Wide receiver has been an issue for Mississippi State the past couple of seasons, which Scarborough mentions, and he also notes that Donald Gray is no longer a part of the Bulldogs' receiving corps. A wide receiver like Stephen Guidry -- the top junior-college receiver according to most analysts -- could help. At 6-foot-4, 190-pounds, Guidry could be a red-zone threat, and he has the speed to help Nick Fitzgerald between the 20s as well. If they're going to compete for an SEC championship, he's going to have to.
Source: ESPN
Jun 3 - 1:42 PM

Mississippi State received a verbal commitment from four-star 2019 S Jarrian Jones, who had previously been committed to Oklahoma.

Jones committed to Oklahoma in the middle of April, but that pledge didn't last long, as Jones is now intending to attend Mississippi State. The 6-foot-1, 180-pound safety is ranked as the 14th best safety according to 247 Sports, and the 12th best player coming out of the state of Mississippi.
Source: SEC Country
Jun 3 - 11:25 AM

Per Pro Football Focus, Mississippi State junior DT Jeffery Simmons led all returning FBS defensive tackles with 41 total pressures last season.

Simmons (6'4/251) is one of a number of stud defensive line prospects who will be eligible to declare for the draft after the upcoming season. He entered the collegiate ranks with a fair bit of baggage, having been caught on video punching a woman repeatedly in high school and ultimately pleading no contest to simple assault and malicious mischief charges. That said, Simmons has not run into any known issues since enrolling at Mississippi State -- they've understandably been watching him like a hawk -- and is coming off a 2017 season in which he registered 60 tackles (12.0 for loss), five sacks and a pair of forced fumbles. 247Sports' Trey Scott wrote earlier this offseason that he believes that Simmons could end up the No. 1 overall selection in next spring's draft should he declare. It should be noted that that is not a consensus opinion.
Jun 2 - 11:48 AM

Mississippi State redshirt junior WR Malik Dear was a full participant in all but one spring practice.

MSU coach Joe Moorhead announced that he missed one practice with an "insignificant lower-body injury." All of this is great news, as Dear is returning from an ACL tear sustained during 2017 spring practices. He'll figure prominently into Moorhead's high-flying attack this fall as MSU attempts to reverse their putrid passing attack. "I feel fine, I'm ready to go," Dear said. "I've grown tremendously. The training staff, the coaching staff, the strength staff, they do a great job and they took care of me."
May 27 - 3:17 PM

Mississippi State redshirt freshman WR Austin Williams caught four passes for 61 yards and a touchdown during the team's spring game.

Williams (6'3/205) possesses palatable height at receiver and the former three-star recruit is a sharp route-runner. His exact positioning on the depth chart will clarify in August. The Bulldogs receiver we're most interested to see in action this fall is Stephen Guidry. Guidry was the No. 1 JUCO recruit in the 2018 class. New HC Joe Moorhead has skill-position talent at his disposal if he can coax a souped-up passing game out of Nick Fitzgerald.
Source: 247Sports
May 15 - 2:02 PM

ESPN's Alex Scarborough lists Mississippi State sophomore RB Kylin Hill as the spring standout for the Bulldogs.

Hill isn't going to be the starter for the Bulldogs this year as Scarborough notes -- that'll be be senior star Aeris Williams -- but Hill showed flashes during his freshman year, and was excellent this spring. At 5-foot-11, 212-pounds, Hill runs tough, and he could see short-yardage and goal-line carries for the Bulldogs in the 2018 season.
Source: ESPN
May 14 - 2:08 PM


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