News, notes and awards from around MSU

Fittingly on a Wednesday in the middle of the week, Mississippi State is still hearing about the big win over Auburn, while getting closer to a road game at Troy on Saturday.

Mullen and his players say they moved on immediately, but the award-givers, it turns out, did not.

Senior corner Johnthan Banks was recognized today as the Jim Thorpe Defensive Back of the Week after recording two interceptions Saturday. That honor was in addition to being named to the Paul Hornung Award Weekly Honor Roll, a group recognizing the most versatile players in college football.

On the other side of the ball, senior Marcus Green was named the John Mackey Tight End of the Week after catching four passes for 54 yards and two touchdowns against Auburn.

Green is tied with Tennessee’s Justin Hunter for the most touchdown receptions in the SEC, each of them having reeled in three scoring catches.

While recognition flows from the outside, Mullen spent his teleconference today talking almost entirely about Troy.

A couple items of note:

  • Mullen said sophomore defensive tackle P.J. Jones is “still indefinitely suspended,” but said, as always, an official announcement will be made before the game Saturday.
  • And in a sign of how much he trusts senior corner Darius Slay, for the second week in a row Mullen said he won’t have the All-American Banks shadowing Troy’s best receiver, the same plan he employed against Auburn last Saturday.

Mullen’s message today, just like Monday, was that his team must be able to deal with the “adversity of success,” as he calls it. Mullen noted the last three years he’s lost games early and had to fight to catch back up. Now, his Bulldogs are out in front and he doesn’t want his players (or himself) to enjoy their success so much they let their play slip.

On a non-football note, the NCAA released its first statistical report on volleyball, and Jenny Hazelwood’s MSU team certainly showed up in the standings.

In particular, freshman libero Roxanne McVey is currently second in the nation with 204 digs on the young season, an average of six per set and the top number in the SEC.

McVey set the school record with 42 digs against Kennesaw State in the opening weekend, and MSU leads the SEC in total team digs, as well.

Hazelwood’s club opens conference play this weekend, hosting Auburn on Friday at 7 p.m. and Georgia on Sunday at 1:30 p.m., both in the Newell-Grissom building on the MSU campus.

And in a facilities update, it appears the old Jumbotron behind the endzone seating is set to come down shortly, this picture via Joe Galbraith.

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