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August 20th, 2014
Mississippi State's defense is loaded with returning starters and backup personnel.
Geoff Collins didn't lose many players on the defensive side of the ball from last year's team.
The Mississippi State defensive coordinator lost three seniors on defense, and only two of those played in the bowl game win against Rice.
Noxubee County head coach Tyrone Shorter loves good defense.
Over the years, Shorter has placed a tremendous amount of emphasis on doing what it takes to be as strong as possible on the defensive side of the football.
Shorter said he will never stop thinking about defense, but when he considers what he has returning on offense this season, it makes him a little anxious.
Home field advantage has been one of the longest standing advantages for football teams, but Lamar Schoolâ€™s Mac Barnes begs to differ.
â€śStarting on the road just means you donâ€™t have to mark the field,â€ť Barnes said with a laugh. â€śIt really isnâ€™t that big of a deal for us because we are a pretty good road team. We donâ€™t even think about it other than you have a longer drive to get to the field.â€ť
The first year of the Mississippi Basketball Association youth league was considered a success and plans have already begun for the future.
M.B.A. director Fred Tate said "this first year was great and the kids had fun."
ACKERMAN â€“Â The Choctaw County Lady Chargers may be young, but they are talented.
Considering Choctaw Countyâ€™s 3-1 overall and 2-0 division start in volleyball, that seems to be a very fitting statement, but ask coach Gary Beals and he will tell you the season is just beginning.
Mississippi State was already going to have to replace a right tackle this season, but now they have another problem.
It was announced Monday that senior Damien Robinson was lost for the season after tearing his ACL.
Co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach John Hevesy feels comfortable in finding someone to fill the hole left by Robinson.
Defense could be the name of the game in Starkville this football season.
If what took place in preseason jamborees last weekend is any indication, opponents of the Starkville Yellowjackets and Starkville Academy Volunteers might not see very many points appear on their side of the scoreboard.
Never did more than two points separate Starkville High School and Madison Central at the end of a set during Tuesday night's volleyball match.
It was a true battle through and through, but at the end of the day, consistency and "hustle" paid off as the Lady Jaguars claimed a 3-0 victory (27-25, 25-23, 25-23).
Training camp is over for Mississippi State.
The last two weeks were spent at the farm, which were some of the roughest days of practices for the Bulldogs.
That part of the fall is over as school started Monday.Â