Mississippi State Bulldogs

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Mississippi State freshman QB Keytaon Thompson rushed for 121 yards and a score and completed 13-of-27 passes for 195 yards with a touchdown and interception in a 31-28 loss to Mississippi on Thursday.

Thompson was forced into action after star quarterback Nick Fitzgerald (ankle) was carted off. The 6-foot-4, 227-pound freshman assuredly showed off his athleticism and speed, and there was obvious arm strength, as well. The decision-making and pocket presence, however, left a lot to be desired. Still, because of his ability to make plays with his legs and improved accuracy in the second half, he got the Bulldogs back into the game. With Fitzgerald likely out for the rest of 2017, Thompson will likely get another start for MSU in their bowl game.
Nov 23 - 11:24 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Nick Fitzgerald (ankle) was carted off the field during Thursday's game against Ole Miss.

The injury occurred on a run play with just over nine minutes in the first quarter. The play was so gruesome that ESPN decided not to show a replay, and players from both sides took knees. Keytaeon Thompson will take over for Fitzgerald. We'll update you on the severity when that information is presented.
Source: ESPN
Nov 23 - 7:57 PM

Mississippi State senior WR Donald Gray had sports hernia surgery and will miss the rest of the season.

Gray (groin) missed the past three games, and obviously the 5-foot-10, 204-pound wideout didn't progress well enough to give it a go for the final week of the season. With Gray out, the Bulldogs will have Keith Mixon as the top option, and Deddrick Thomas will continue to see more targets.
Nov 23 - 7:11 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior RB Aeris Williams rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries in the school's 28-21 win over Arkansas on Saturday.

Williams did not pick up large chunks of yards in this game as his longest run went for 11 yards, but he continued to pile into the Arkansas defense when asked to. He also caught two passes for 27 yards.
Nov 18 - 3:57 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Nick Fitzgerald completed 12 of 23 attempts for 152 yards and two touchdowns in the school's 28-21 win over Arkansas on Saturday.

Fitzgerald added another 101 yards and a touchdown on the ground. The quarterbacks was the Bulldogs' offense, as he played a part in every meaningful big gain. Mississippi State could land in the top 15 next week.
Nov 18 - 3:43 PM

Mississippi State senior T Martinas Rankin received an invitation to the Senior Bowl.

There's been plenty of buzz around Rankin this season. The 23-year old jumped up from the JuCo ranks and earned a starting job over the last two seasons. The Senior Bowl is an ideal environment for an offensive lineman to improve their evaluation in the eyes of the NFL. Rankin has dealt with an ankle injury this season.
Nov 16 - 9:47 AM

SI's Bruce Feldman reports that Tennessee is interested in Mississippi State coach Dan Mullen.

"He is a terrific offensive coach and that's something that should play well at a place that has really been shaky for awhile," Feldman wrote. Mullen is 68–45 over his career at Mississippi State, a difficult place to win amidst the stacked SEC West. Feldman also tossed out possibilities such as UCF’s Scott Frost, TCU’s Gary Patterson, Purdue’s Jeff Brohm, Utah’s Kyle Whittingham and Ohio State DC Greg Schiano as Tennessee looks to replace the deposed Butch Jones.
Nov 13 - 1:50 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Nick Fitzgerald completed 13-of-24 passes for 158 yards while rushing for 66 yards and a touchdown on 21 attempts in Saturday's 31-24 loss to Alabama.

Fitzgerald turned in a tough, gritty performance against the Tide, to the point where he was spotted vomiting on the sideline due to pure exertion in the third quarter. For all of the effort, the Bulldogs were ultimately unable to hang onto what was a 24-17 fourth-quarter advantage. On the statistical front, Fitzgerald has now accounted for 26 total touchdowns this season.
Nov 11 - 11:07 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior RB Aeris Williams rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns on 22 carries in Saturday's 31-24 loss to Alabama.

Williams (6'1/222) scored from 10 yards out near the end of the first quarter and looped back around to hit the end zone from five yards out with a little more than four minutes gone off the second quarter clock. His was the best rushing performance of the year against Alabama's bear trap of a defense. For the campaign, the redshirt junior has rushed for 873 yards and four touchdowns in 10 games. Mississippi State will try to shake off this tough defeat when they tango with Arkansas next weekend. They'll finish out the regular season in a Thanksgiving showdown with Ole Miss.
Nov 11 - 11:01 PM

Mississippi State senior WR Donald Gray (groin) was not announced as a starter ahead of Saturday's contest with Alabama.

Gray missed last week's game against UMass, and while not starting is not the same thing as not playing, it doesn't sound like the talented senior is going to be able to play in this one. Even if he does get time, it'll likely be very limited action for the 5-foot-10, 204-pound wideout.
Nov 11 - 6:50 PM

The playing-status of Mississippi State senior WR Donald Gray (groin) remains uncertain for Saturday's game against Alabama.

Gray (5'10/204) was injured against Texas A&M at the end of October and did not play in Saturday's win over UMass. Since sustaining the injury, he has been in to see a specialist for further evaluation. Consider him a game-time decision with a lean toward sitting out.
Source: AL.com
Nov 10 - 8:22 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior RB Aeris Williams rushed for 114 yards on 24 carries in the school's 34-23 win over UMass on Saturday.

Williams and Nick Fitzgerald combined for 249 rushing yards in this game which totally made up for the Bulldogs inept passing offense. That needs to continue in order for the school to keep their four-game winning streak.
Nov 4 - 3:36 PM

Mississippi State redshirt junior QB Nick Fitzgerald completed 14 of 25 attempts for 139 yards and two interceptions in the school's 34-23 win over UMass on Saturday.

Now Fitzgerald did rush for 135 yards and two touchdowns, so what he gave up as a passer he made up for as a runner. Those rushing stats helped Fitzgerald and the team win, but it certainly doesn't help his NFL evaluation. He has thrown nine interceptions in the last six games.
Nov 4 - 3:22 PM

Mississippi State senior WR Donald Gray (groin) is questionable for Saturday's game against UMass.

Gray (5'10/204) picked up the injury in the victory over Texas A&M last week. The senior wide receiver has caught 24 passes for 214 yards with three scores so far in 2017. If he's unable to go, Keith Mixon should see an increase in targets, as well as Tight End Farrod Green and wideout Jesse Jackson.
Nov 2 - 9:00 PM

Bovada lists Mississippi State HC Dan Mullen as a 9/2 favorite to become Florida's next head coach.

UCF HC Scott Frost sits next at 5/1, followed by Oregon's Willie Taggart (6/1), Memphis' Mike Norvell (7/1) and Virginia Tech's Justin Fuente (8/1). Three of the next four coaches with best odds are not even working right now, as Chip Kelly (8/1), Bob Stoops (10/1), Les Miles (12/1) and Jon Gruden (22/1) all receive a fair amount of respect from the oddsmakers.
Oct 31 - 9:53 PM


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