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The number nine doesn't look the same to Alex Thompson as it did three years ago.
When Thompson began working with the boys basketball team at Starkville Christian School, nine represented the losses for his junior varsity Cougars the first year.
Things have changed since that time.
For Mississippi State there are two phases to a bowl practices.
The first phase is getting the younger guys some reps and getting the veterans a break.
Sunday the first phase ended.
The Bulldogs capped off the first phase with a scrimmage inside the Palmeiro Center due to the rain.
The Mississippi State Bulldogs looked to a senior down the stretch when they needed a victory Sunday afternoon.
Darriel Gaynor scored all nine of her points in the second half as MSU won 67-57 in women's basketball action at Humphrey Coliseum.
After being shut out in the first half with only 6 minutes of play, Gaynor stepped up when her team needed scoring.
The first season of playing football for most redshirt freshman is about getting their feet under them and learning the ins-and-outs of the program.
For Mississippi State redshirt freshman linebacker Benardrick McKinney, that is not the case.
They are not related or part of a law firm, but the duo of Williams and Williams are showing their value in the post for the Mississippi State women's basketball team.
Sherise Williams and Carnecia Williams have provided a nice compliment of play with Martha Alwal and have been two of the surprises for the Bulldogs through nine games.
Starkville Academy and Hillcrest tipped off Saturday for a thriller of a ballgame that came down to the final second of overtime before concluding with a 42-41 Cougar victory.
For the second night in a row, the Starkville High School soccer teams recorded a sweep.
The Yellowjackets beat Columbus 5-0 while the Lady Yellowjackets won 9-0 Saturday at home.
Both teams beat Neshoba Central on Friday night.
The Mississippi State men's basketball team has not had much success away from home this season.
Today, it looks to turn that around.
This is the first chance for many of the younger Mississippi State football players to prep for a bowl game.
All of the freshman are gearing up for their first bowl game, and the redshirt freshman are also looking for an opportunity to play.
Starkville Academy softball player Mary Austin Barber has known for a while that Belhaven would be her destination for softball at the next level.
She made the move official this week.
Barber signed with the Jackson-based school and celebrated the occasion with family and friends Friday night at Meadowview Baptist Church.