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SMITH COLUMN: MSU football players know this can be a special season

August 5, 2014

Linebacker Benardrick McKinney and wide receiver Jameon Lewis had a chance to leave the Mississippi State football program early.
Neither felt the time was right and returned to the Bulldogs.
Lewis came back for his senior season and believes this could be a special season.

Youth, experience of MSU women to benefit from Europe trip

August 5, 2014

The Mississippi State women's basketball team will have a mix of youth and experience for the 2014-15 season.
MSU coach Vic Schaefer said the trip to Europe that is currently taking place for his team will benefit both areas.
Schaefer has watched as the Bulldogs have done a good job separating business from pleasure.

SA's Andrews encouraged despite loss

August 5, 2014

Despite losing a 3-0 decision to Madison-Ridgeland Academy Tuesday, coach Cole Andrews saw some good things out of his Starkville Academy soccer team.

Jackets ahead of game after first day

August 4, 2014

The Starkville Yellowjackets are even farther ahead of the game after one day of preseason practice than they were at this time last year.
Not only do the Jackets return a veteran team, but they already have two practices under their belt that they didn't have last year. The first day of drills was washed out in 2013 because of rain.

Volunteers experienced with Clark, other players

August 4, 2014

There is no substitute for game experience.
A player can study and practice all day long, but getting into the game and having to think on their feet is a whole new ballgame.
For Starkville Academy, experience will certainly be on its side this football season.

Bell feels less pressure in adjusted role at MSU

August 4, 2014

Devon Bell feels like a burden was lifted off his shoulders this season.
The Mississippi State junior will be used exclusively as a punter and a kickoff man this year, rather than kicking field goals, which he did the last two seasons.

Getting started: Mitchell eager to see Jackets begin practice

August 3, 2014

Today will seem like Christmas in August for Starkville High School football coach Jamie Mitchell.
After 25 years in coaching, the first day of preseason practice still gets Mitchell excited.

Vols go twice a day as practice begins

August 3, 2014

You can feel it in air. 
Whether it is the coolness that has swept over the region as of late or the influx of students descending on Starkville, it is clear that fall is headed our way and with it comes the beginning of football season.

Bulldogs move to South Farm for next phase

August 3, 2014

Things are just a little bit different at the South Farm.
The heat and humidity in August can be unpleasant in Mississippi, but that's not the only thing the Mississippi State Bulldogs are faced with as training camp moves to the South Farm for the next couple of weeks.
It starts today and players will tell you, it's no fun.

Embracing expectations: Bulldogs see four points as key toward success


August 2, 2014

Mississippi State plans to win this season on the football field.
The Bulldogs enter the 2014 season with high expectations from both themselves and the outside world. Head coach Dan Mullen and his players have talked about going to Atlanta and playing for the Southeastern Conference Championship at the end of the year.

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