Up and at 'em, Bulldogs. Only 8 more days until Mississippi State takes on Memphis to kick off the college football season.
In The Clarion Ledger's notes column, Brandon Marcello empties the legal pad with nuggets on the new team captains, Kaleb Eulls lining up at defensive end, and more.
Senior tailback Vick Ballard and senior safety Charles Mitchell were voted team captains Tuesday. State voted on four captains last season, with two junior college transfers manning the leadership roles.
Scott Stricklin does his Dave Ramsey impression.
Sports Business Journal looked at athletic budgets for 52 major-conference schools, and the numbers show that MSU is among 30 schools that experienced a budget increase of 10 percent or greater from the 2009-10 fiscal year to the 2011-12 fiscal year.
State's budget has gone from $35.9 million to $40.1 million during that span, an increase of 11.7 percent. Among the 10 SEC teams that made budget numbers available, MSU's budget increase ranked fifth.
The CL continues its position breakdown. Today? The receivers.
Angelo Mirando doesn't usually conjure comparisons when discussing his group of receivers, but he couldn't help himself earlier this month.
Talking about Chad Bumphis, the speedy Tupelo native who led Mississippi State in receiving yards in each of the last two seasons, the former Florida intern dug deep.
"He has to be our Percy Harvin," Mirando said.
The 265-pound McCardell, who was permanently back on defense by the fifth week last season, recorded his first sack and a tackle for a loss at Houston in his first action. This season, the junior is fighting for even more playing time. He stressed a bigger goal when asked what he would consider a successful season.
"I don't know, maybe leading the Southeastern Conference in sacks this season. That would be good," McCardell said.