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Why is Preston Smith so good? Offensive linemen answer the question

By all indications, Preston Smith appears to be good at football. Mississippi State’s senior defensive end has won the SEC Defensive Lineman of the Week award all three times it’s been given in the 2014 season, and he was named … Continue reading

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In their words: MSU’s Mullen, LSU’s Miles expect big-time game in Baton Rouge

There are 12 games in a season, but there are eight of particular importance if you’re in the Southeastern Conference. So say Mississippi State’s Dan Mullen and LSU’s Les Miles, at least. The two face each other in Baton Rouge … Continue reading

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Dan Mullen press conference live blog: LSU week

At 1 p.m. today, Dan Mullen will meet with the local media for his weekly press conference. Mississippi State beat South Alabama 35-3 over the weekend and plays at LSU on Saturday at 6 on ESPN. Brad Nessler, Todd Blackledge … Continue reading

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With SEC play looming, the season changes for MSU

For the first time, it felt like football season in Starkville on Saturday. It was cool and it was clear. But Mississippi State was in Mobile, Alabama. There, near the coast, it was 90-something degrees and it was as muggy … Continue reading

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Family, friends and MSU figures remember Jack Cristil

And now, the end is here And so I face the final curtain My friend, I’ll say it clear I’ll state my case, of which I’m certain I’ve lived a life that’s full I traveled each and ev’ry highway And … Continue reading

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How MSU learned leadership and has kept momentum

The first two weeks of Mississippi State’s season have been all about momentum. Finding it, securing it, and most importantly, not losing it when it starts to swing the other direction. “That’s what you want in a veteran unit,” Dan … Continue reading

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Live-blog: Dan Mullen press conference for South Alabama week

At 1 p.m. today, Dan Mullen will have his weekly press conference with the local media. Mississippi State beat UAB 47-34 last week and travels to South Alabama this week for its first road game. Live updates from Mullen’s time … Continue reading

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Remembering Jack Cristil, the Voice of the Bulldogs, a Mississippi State legend

“Remember, kid, there’s heroes and there’s legends. Heroes get remembered, but legends never die. Follow your heart, kid, and you’ll never go wrong.” —————————————- Jack Cristil December 10, 1925 – September 7, 2014 Everybody has a Jack Cristil story. Whether … Continue reading

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Eight-year-old Ashton Brewer gets his first experience at an MSU game

Ashton Brewer is eight years old, a huge Mississippi State fan, and as a melanoma patient, he’s in a rough state of life. He’s also, like most boys his age, occasionally preoccupied with cheerleaders. “Maybe we’ll run into some,” his … Continue reading

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Size and strength highlight MSU’s new-look receivers

For as long as most can remember, Mississippi State has had a strong, physical running game. Now, it seems the wide receivers have caught up to their friends in the backfield and are every bit as big, tough and imposing. … Continue reading

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