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August 8th, 2014
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.
Coach Deshea Townsend and his cornerbacks have come a long way since the spring of 2013.
Townsend became the Mississippi State cornerbacks coach the winter before that spring, and he had a mountain to climb. The Bulldogs just lost Johnthan Banks and Darius Slay, two of the better corners in the Southeastern Conference, to the NFL Draft.
He had more youth than veteran leadership.
Mississippi State soccer coach Aaron Gordon found out something last spring about former Starkville Academy athlete Tiffany Huddleston.
Huddleston, now a sophomore, is listed as a forward, midfielder and defender on the roster, but Gordon learned she could also be a pretty good goal keeper.
"Because it's there."
Those three words were how George Mallory responded when asked why he decided to climb Mt. Everest.
One local athlete has taken that mantra to heart as he continues his quest to be one of the top kayak racers in the nation.
"I am still chasing that elusive butterfly of success," Dr. Jack Blendinger said. "It is just a goal to be the best that I can be."
Concern has turned into optimism that the Starkville High School football stadium will be ready by the first game of the season.
Starkville native Travis Outlaw is bringing his skills back to the East Coast.
The New York Knicks announced on Wednesday that they have acquired Outlaw and fellow forward Quincy Acy from the Sacramento Kings for guard Wayne Ellington and forward Jeremy Tyler.
Chris Jones' joking attitude may take a backseat this season.
The Mississippi State sophomore defensive lineman enters his second season with big expectations on his shoulders. He was a highly sought after recruit out of Houston High School and didn't disappoint in his first year with the Bulldogs.
With those expectations, Jones may be locked in more this season than he was last.
Mississippi State co-offensive coordinator and offensive line coach John Hevesy will decide on game day who his starters up front will be.
He lost two starters from the 2013 squad in left guard Gabe Jackson, who is now playing for the Oakland Raiders and right tackle Charles Siddoway.Â
Excitement over the first day of school is sweeping throughout the area, particularly for the youngest ones who are for the first time entering kindergarten.
Senior Anna McKell remembers her first day at Starkville Academy and looking back, there is no where she would rather spend her academic and athletic career.