Fanshots

In a crowded Union Station in Washington, D.C., not too long ago, Mississippi State professor Whit...

+

In a crowded Union Station in Washington, D.C., not too long ago, Mississippi State professor Whit Waide was approached by a stranger. Waide had an appointment to make. He was in a hurry. The stranger offered just one sentence: "I can tell you are in a hurry," Waide recalls the stranger saying, "but I had to let you know that I'm grindin' for my state."

At Mississippi State, the "People's Professor" keeps, well, grindin' On a side note, I really miss Veazey's coverage of Mississippi State sports. He always did his homework and brought his A game.

Scott Stricklin speaks in a way that sticks out among longtime Mississippi State followers, and...

+

Scott Stricklin speaks in a way that sticks out among longtime Mississippi State followers, and he's OK with that. Gone is the inevitability of failure. Gone is wondering what calamity will cause all this momentum to collapse.

Mississippi State faithful feeling destined for greatness

"I understand the tradition of the thing. Traditions are what make college football different from...

+

"I understand the tradition of the thing. Traditions are what make college football different from every other sport out there. My story that sunk home, with what the cowbell means — we had a young man on our team last year, Nick Bell, passed away after a short six-week fight with cancer. Very, very, very difficult situation to go through as a team. Even more so with his family. We were at the funeral, had the team at the funeral. Nick’s mom Linda, as they are getting ready to close the casket on her 20-year-old son, stood up and rang her cowbell. That really is where it sunk home to me. It’s not a silly gameday thing. It is a deep-rooted tradition in the hearts of our people. Those traditions are what make our sport so special. I’m just happy that the SEC understands that, what it does mean to our people."

Dan Mullen Describing What The Cowbell Means To Him

Even though they think they worked really hard last season, they have to find a way to work harder...

+

Even though they think they worked really hard last season, they have to find a way to work harder than that and be more invested than they were. They look at you and say, 'Coach, I'm working just as hard as I did last year.' That's probably the hardest they've ever worked in their life but that's not enough any more. That, to me, is the mindset you have to get through to them to take that next step because we want to find a way to win more games, especially the SEC games.

Dan Mullen's Take On What The Players Have Got To Do To Reach The Next Level In The SEC

Perhaps the most significant nod to Relf's improvement shows up, though, in how much his coaches...

+

Perhaps the most significant nod to Relf's improvement shows up, though, in how much his coaches trusted him in those games. The Mississippi State starter threw the ball at least 20 times in each of the last three games, a figure he had passed just once against FBS competition in the regular season. (That was against Auburn, far from the most intimidating pass defense in 2010.)

Did Chris Relf Turn a Corner or Just Turn a Calendar Page?

Saulsberry's ultimate goal is to work in federal law enforcement. He has gained contacts and...

+

Saulsberry's ultimate goal is to work in federal law enforcement. He has gained contacts and knowledge in the short time he has been with the SPD, and he hopes that information will be useful when he graduates.

MSU's Saulsberry does internship with SPD - The Dispatch

Mississippi State's early-season football schedule will turn out to be either suicidal or brilliant...

+

Mississippi State's early-season football schedule will turn out to be either suicidal or brilliant -- there's no in-between. The Bulldogs play their first three games in a 14-day span, which doesn't make them any different from their 11 SEC brethren. However, two of those games take place on Thursday night, leaving MSU with a pair of nine-day gaps between games in the season's first month.

Mississippi State's Thursday games might be it undoing (Stephenson) | al.com

"I just want to be a weapon for the offense. No matter where they put me, I can do the job. If it’s...

+

"I just want to be a weapon for the offense. No matter where they put me, I can do the job. If it’s running back or fullback, I’m ready. I’ll just wait for my number to be called."

49ers roundup: Anthony Dixon volunteers for fullback duty - 49ers Hot Read

3. Mississippi State: The Bulldogs return five players who started at some point in 2010. Johnthan...

+

3. Mississippi State: The Bulldogs return five players who started at some point in 2010. Johnthan Banks, Corey Broomfield and Nickoe Whitley each recorded three interceptions and had 50-plus tackles last year. Broomfield should be the Bulldogs' top option at corner, while Banks can play both corner and safety. Charles Mitchell returns at safety and was third on the team with 93 tackles last season. All of Mississippi State’s defensive backs not only have a knack for making big plays down field but they can each play efficiently in the box.

SEC position rankings: Defensive backs - SEC Blog - ESPN

Chris Relf, QB, Mississippi State: Relf is probably the most athletic quarterback in the SEC. He...

+

Chris Relf, QB, Mississippi State: Relf is probably the most athletic quarterback in the SEC. He passed for 1,789 yards and 13 touchdowns, while rushing for 713 yards and five more scores. Relf ended the 2010 season with a lot of passing momentum by throwing for more than 200 yards in each of his last three games, after passing for more than 200 yards just once before that. The Bulldogs are a trendy pick in the West and Relf is the guy who will put a lot of the offense on his shoulders. If he can keep improving as a passer, he'll put up good numbers with the wealth of receiving talent around him.

My off-the-radar SEC Heisman candidates - SEC Blog - ESPN
X
Log In Sign Up

forgot?
Log In Sign Up

Forgot password?

We'll email you a reset link.

If you signed up using a 3rd party account like Facebook or Twitter, please login with it instead.

Forgot password?

Try another email?

Almost done,

By becoming a registered user, you are also agreeing to our Terms and confirming that you have read our Privacy Policy.

Join For Whom the Cowbell Tolls

You must be a member of For Whom the Cowbell Tolls to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at For Whom the Cowbell Tolls. You should read them.

Join For Whom the Cowbell Tolls

You must be a member of For Whom the Cowbell Tolls to participate.

We have our own Community Guidelines at For Whom the Cowbell Tolls. You should read them.

Spinner.vc97ec6e

Authenticating

Great!

Choose an available username to complete sign up.

In order to provide our users with a better overall experience, we ask for more information from Facebook when using it to login so that we can learn more about our audience and provide you with the best possible experience. We do not store specific user data and the sharing of it is not required to login with Facebook.

tracking_pixel_9347_tracker