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July 24th, 2012
The Starkville 8-year-old baseball All-Stars had a long and successful summer.
Starkville ended the season with a 19-9 record.
It is 39 days from today when the Mississippi State Bulldogs don the pads to open the college football season against Jackson State.
There's excitement among MSU fans and coach Dan Mullen knows his team is close to taking the next step toward winning a championship.
The main message Mississippi State's football contingent gave reporters at Southeastern Conference Media Days this week was it was disappointed with the way last season went and want to do something about it.
It wasn't bad for the Bulldogs last year. They finished with seven wins, including a victory over Wake Forest in the Music City Bowl.
Mississippi State picked up its 12th football commitment to the class of 2013 Saturday when McAdory, Ala. athlete Dezmond Harris committed to coach Dan Mullen.
â€śI am just relieved to be a Bulldog,â€ť said Harris. Â â€śI am very happy and so was my family. The coaches welcomed me to the family and were very happy. I wanted to be a Bulldog.â€ť
Mississippi State hosted over 100 of the top athletes across the Southeast on Friday night for the annual Big Dawg Camp.Â
Seven of MSUâ€™s 11 commitments were on hand to showcase their talents and while most performed at a high level, B.J. Hammond definitely stood out. The 6-4 receiver from Gadsden, Ala., ran solid routes and seemed to get to find the football with ease.Â
The fact that Mississippi State defensive back and former East Webster player Johnthan Banks received additional All-Southeastern Conference recognition on Thursday at SEC Media Days was nothing new.
Banks had already been selected All-SEC by the league's coaches, Phil Steele, Athlon, Blue Ribbon College Football, Football Yearbook, Birmingham News, Lindys and USA Today.
The Starkville 8-year-old All Stars are coming into the Dizzy Dean World Series with a lot of confidence.
The All-Stars face off against Bradley (Tenn.) North Heat today at 1 p.m. at Snowden Grove Park in Southaven.
Starkville is coming off a good showing in the state tournament and coach Tom McReynolds hopes that carries over.
HOOVER, Ala. â€“ Johnthan Banks didn't spent Southeastern Conference Media Days talking about himself.
The former East Webster High School player who has developed into an All-SEC defensive back at Mississippi State decided to promote his teammates more than himself at the Wynfrey Hotel on Wednesday.
HOOVER, Ala. â€“ Mississippi State fans have long waited for the day when their beloved Bulldogs displayed a high-flying, high-octane offense.
When quarterback Tyler Russell signed with Mississippi State, that fire was stoked giving way to the anticipation of when the Meridian native would lead the offense.
HOOVER, Ala. â€“ Gabe Jackson really didn't know what to expect from Southeastern Conference Football Media Days.
The 6-4 320-pound junior guard from Liberty made all the stops on his first appearance at SEC Media Days.