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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.
"This is the team," Lewis said on MSU media day last Saturday. "It's the road to Atlanta (for the Southeastern Conference Championship Game). Atlanta is our goal and we are on a steady grind towards it."
The way last season ended gave Lewis an indication of how good this season could be.
The Bulldogs won their final two games of the 2013 season, including overtime decisions over Arkansas 24-17 and Ole Miss 17-10.
MSU defeated Rice easily 44-7 in the AutoZone Liberty Bowl and Lewis was a big part of that. He had a Liberty Bowl and school record 220 yards on nine catches to be voted the Most Valuable Offensive Player.
With players like Lewis, Dak Prescott, De'Runnya Wilson, Robert Johnson, Joe Morrow, Josh Robinson and others on offense, the Bulldogs have potential to put up some big numbers on offense.
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