The Notebook: 1-20

For it being late January, we’ve got a fair bit of football in The Notebook (and the first one of the New Year!).

Anthony-Dixon-49ers1Though I’ll start with a basketball note, as we learned Saturday that IJ Ready suffered a concussion against Alabama last Wednesday. That, of course, is why he didn’t play Saturday in MSU’s win over Texas A&M, and Rick Ray said his status going forward is in the hands of the medical and training staff.

Guessing when Ready returns as MSU’s starting point guard would be difficult, as sometimes symptoms disappear in under a week, while at others it can derail seasons or even careers.

In the meantime, Trivante Bloodman did well in Ready’s stead on Saturday, and freshman Jacoby Davis got a little time at point guard, as well.

In the world of football, it’s been an active few days.

Gabe Jackson arrived at the Senior Bowl yesterday and was officially weighed in today. He came in at 6’3″ and 339 pounds, according to NFL.com’s Chase Goodbread, who referred to Gabe as “this year’s Chance Warmack.”

We’ll be keeping up with him over the course of the week.

Elsewhere, LaDarius Perkins played in the Shrine Game on Saturday, racking up 114 total yards – 21 rushing, 17 receiving and 76 returning. I’m interested to see his draft process unfold. Injuries hampered his senior season, but he’s got the versatility NFL offenses are starting to really value in their running backs.

Deontae Skinner and Denico Autry both played in the NFLPA Bowl over the weekend, as well.

In the NFL, three former Bulldogs played Sunday, with Conerly-winner Chris White’s Patriots falling to the Broncos and KJ Wright’s Seahawks beating Anthony Dixon’s 49ers.

If you missed the video, Dixon scored the first touchdown of the game on Sunday night.

Wright, of course, will be representing Mississippi State in the Super Bowl, alongside Arceto Clark and Dewayne Cherrington, both members of Seattle’s practice squad.

His team is done for the 2013 season, but Johnthan Banks was named to one of NFL.com’s All-Rookie teams as one of two starting cornerbacks. Banks is yet another successful member of what is a growing fraternity of young MSU alums in the NFL

Back on campus, junior closer Jonathan Holder was named a preseason All-American by Perfect Game. I can’t imagine that’s the last such honor for him, or his teammates, for that matter.

Over the weekend, the men’s and women’s tennis teams both opened their seasons on campus, the 14th-ranked men winning two matches and jumping to 2-0, the women solidly handling their Sunday match and beginning 1-0.

You can catch the full story and list of accomplishments here, but the MSU track and field teams are already off to good starts in the spring, racking up seven Top-10 finishes over the weekend at the Auburn Invitational, including a meet record.

As the week continues, we’ll be visiting with Ray and some of his players tomorrow, more news is likely to come out of the football offices and baseball and softball officially begin their preseasons with practices.

Spring is starting to heat up around here.

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