Mississippi State football

Mississippi State center Darryl Williams

Before playing the most important game on their schedule tonight, the Mississippi State Bulldogs took time out this week to give thanks for family, friends and football.

Following Monday’s practice, the Bulldogs shared a Thanksgiving meal together at the Seal Complex.

This is the second season that MSU head coach Joe Moorhead has been able to enjoy the holiday in Starkville.

During his weekly press conference on Monday, Moorhead almost became emotional when considering everything he was thankful for in his life.

“As a man of faith, you have your health, you have your family, you have an opportunity to be coach at a wonderful place like Mississippi State with great kids,” Moorhead said. “There is just a lot to be thankful for not just specific to football.”

Moorhead values his family and expressed thanks for his wife, children, mother and father, brothers and sisters, the support he receives from an extended family with the Bulldogs and the opportunity to be the head coach at MSU.

Senior center Darryl Williams tweeted out on Wednesday afternoon how thankful he was to be a Bulldog for the last five years and for the opportunity to play college football. He even wrote an on-line story about his experience called “One Heck of a Ride.”

“I also want to thank Coach Moorhead for helping me finish out a strong career here,” Williams wrote. “I am truly Thankful!”

Moorhead will be a part of the Battle for the Golden Egg against the Ole Miss Rebels for the second time Thursday. The kickoff for the 116th renewal of the rivalry will be 6:30 p.m. at Davis Wade Stadium. It will be televised by ESPN.

This will be the 26th meeting between the two teams on Thanksgiving and Moorhead has no problem with the game being a part of a holiday tradition.

“Two great American past times in football so let’s combine them together,” Moorhead said.

After filling themselves with a menu that consisted of a ham and turkey on Monday night, the MSU players have to get back in shape now so they can be ready to beat Ole Miss and keep the Golden Egg Trophy in Starkville.

Williams was glad to have the Thanksgiving feast early so the team could solely concentrate on today’s game against the Rebels.

“We’ve got to focus on football,” Williams said on Monday. “We know what we’re fighting for. We’ve got to get this win so I’m looking forward to that.”

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