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August 11th, 2014
Mississippi State's front line on the defensive side of the football is far from young.
There are three seniors, P.J. Jones, Kaleb Eulls and Preston Smith, listed as starters on the preseason depth chart.Â
The experience on the defensive line changed how coach David Turner has attacked this fall camp.
Dan Mullen wants to give Dak Prescott a sports car â€“ metaphorically speaking of course.
The Mississippi State head coach wants his quarterback to be behind the wheel of that sports car, also known as the offense.
Raphael Leonard is a man of few words, but coach Jamie Mitchell says when he speaks, people listen.
To be honest, Leonard does not have to do much talking. Instead, he simply lets game do all the work.
"He is a huge play maker for us," Mitchell said. "It certainly makes my job easier. We just have to make sure he gets plenty of touches on Friday nightsÂ because he is going to make big plays."
Tory Rice has found a new warpath.
After spending two years with the Itawamba Community College Indians, the former Starkville High School basketball player signed with the Mississippi College Choctaws.
Rice leaves for Clinton on August 23 to begin the next chapter of his academic and basketball life.
Jameon Lewis is capable of making a big play at any time for the Mississippi State Bulldogs.
He is listed as a wide receiver on the roster, but he can line up at running back or quarterback.
The Bulldogs even use Lewis in the kicking game.
The quarterbacks on the Mississippi State roster are doing their part this preseason of pushing each other to get better.
Situations like Saturday's scrimmage helped that process along.
With Dak Prescott, Damian Williams, Nick Fitzgerald, Elijah Staley and Josiah Phillips, there are no shortage of signal callers with the Bulldogs.
Putting on the pads and jerseys early on a Saturday morning can signal only one thing â€“ high school football season is around the corner.
"It means it is here," Starkville High quarterback Brady Davis said. "It is time to start and we are ready to get this season rolling."
Glenn Schmidt does not know how they did it, but somehow Starkville Academy managed to keep a secret until Friday night's Meet the Vols.
That secret was the honoring of longtime public address announcer Ron Hartness by naming the press box at J.E. Logan Field after him.
Nickoe Whitley was the nucleus of the Mississippi State safeties the last few seasons.Â
He made several big plays, including two big strip fumbles in the last two games of the regular season in 2013 to get the Bulldogs to a bowl game.
He's not there this year, but safeties coach Tony Hughes is confident someone will fill that void.
The subjects of football and outdoors come together tonight for a good cause as Rick's Cafe in Starkville hosts the second banquet for the Starkville Area Chapter of Whitetails Unlimited.
Two of the guests involved with the banquet to benefit Catch-A-Dream will be Kenneth Lancaster of the Bone Collector television show and former Mississippi State running back Jerious Norwood.