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August 27th, 2014
Mississippi State head coach Dan Mullen had no choice last year, but to burn redshirts for some true freshmen.
It takes the "whole package" to be successful.
For that reason, Starkville Academy coach Kayla Mosley is calling for more out of her softball team.
Kicking off the 2014 football season provides excitement enough for Mississippi State fans, but that's not the only thing they are excited about.
Two, four, six, eight may be the first four words of a cheer one might hear during the course of a football season.
It can also be the answer to a question about how many wins a team looks to get during the season.
When it comes to the Mississippi State Bulldogs, they hope for a total closer to the eight range.
From food to manners, Katlyn Mataya is taking it all in during her time at Mississippi State.
â€śThis place feels like my family,â€ť the junior volleyball player said. â€śHome away from home. That is what you need as an athlete. Even the coaching staff, they are just here to help. Plenty of us are from far away, so it is nice to be able to lean on everyone.â€ť
It's been nearly a quarter of a century since Mississippi State and Southern Mississippi have been on the same football field at the same time.
Mississippi State's Dan Mullen has been an offensive coach over the years that commits to finding a mismatch against the defenses he goes up against.
One of the areas on offense where he believes an advantage can be gained is at tight end.
There are tight ends that are good blockers and others that can catch the football.
Three years ago Tyler Barnes and his family made the move from Louisiana to Mississippi.
Even as a new kid on the block, it did not take long for Barnes to find his niche on the Starkville High football team and it just so happened to involve a little blocking.
Dez Harris entered his senior year of high school ready to help lead his team to a championship.
Harris quarterbacked the McAdory (Ala.) Yellowjackets, but didn't play in his senior year. He suffered a knee injury during a preseason jamboree event, costing him his final year of high school football.Â
One head made all the difference Sunday.
After battling through almost three quarters of the match, Cincinnati's Katy Couperus, with assistance from Jae Atkinson, provided the header from a corner to give the Bearcats a 1-0 victory over Mississippi State University's women's soccer team.