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Here is your morning rundown of all the Mississippi State news fit to print.
(Mullen) on how the wide receivers have played so far: "We're so-so. I'd expect some more out of them, you know what I mean? Especially our older guys that I expect to be playmakers for us with Chad (Bumphis) and Arceto (Clark) and Chris Smith. I expect those guys to be the playmakers more than depending on all of our younger guys that are really still getting used to being on the field."
"Last year, you look and we were putting it all on our linebackers," MSU coach Dan Mullen said. "... They're gone now and now you look, what's the most experienced group on our team? It's that secondary, so we have to really put more pressure on them to make bigger plays and perform at a higher level."
State hosts Louisiana Tech on Saturday (6 p.m., ESPNU). On Monday, Tech coach Sonny Dykes called the Banks-Broomfield tag team one of the best he's seen.
7. Mississippi State (1-2) – The Bulldogs had a chance to score a marquee win for coach Dan Mullen on Thursday night, but fell just short, losing 19-6 to LSU. The Mississippi State offense never got on track, with quarterback Chris Relf only throwing for 96 yards and running back Vick Ballard held to 38 yards and no touchdowns. Look for Mississippi State to get back in the win column against Louisiana Tech this Saturday.
"We're going to try and get our best five guys to put on the field," said Mullen. "Everybody is in the mix right now, but with James coming back, who are our best five for us to put out there? We will have to see as the week and the season progresses."
With a few of the five positions up in the air, practice is sure to be intense for the line.
"Practice is going to be a competition," said offensive line coach John Hevesy. "I think it's a positive that they are competing to see who is going to be the five best."
SEC HQ in Birmingham announced yesterday that MSU's Oct. 8 game against Georgia will kick off at 11 a.m. Central.
Georgia’s Oct. 1 game against Mississippi State in Athens will start at noon and be televised by Fox Sports Net, it was announced Monday. The game will be the Bulldogs’ third consecutive early-afternoon start, following last week’s 1 p.m. kickoff against Coastal Carolina and Saturday’s 12:21 p.m. game at Ole Miss.
Paul Jones catches up with MSU basketball commit Josh Gray.
Last year Josh Gray enjoyed his share of success in his initial year at Christian Life Center Academy in Houston, Texas. The 6-foot and 185-pound guard averaged 19.7 points with 3.6 assists and earned many prep school honors.
But this season, Gray will move to the point guard position and that suits the 2012 Mississippi State commitment just fine.
"We started practice not long ago and I am working strictly at point guard now," said Gray, who chose MSU over other offers from Seton Hall, Georgetown, Texas Tech and Kansas State among others. "It's going good, too, and everything is straight. I played off the ball most of last year and we really didn't have a main point guard."