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Bell Yeah Links! 8.31.11

One more day until the college football season kicks off. That's it. A man can only watch so much Navy - East Carolina on CBS College Sports until he goes mad. Let's hit the links.

Wilson keeps starting MLB spot - The Dispatch

Brandon Wilson has battled with Brandon Maye all offseason for the middle linebacker position and, for now, Wilson will get the starting nod.

Mississippi State defensive coordinator Chris Wilson made it clear Monday why junior linebacker Brandon Wilson is still where he is on the Bulldogs' opening week depth chart.

"He's the starter and he's earned it," Wilson said."He's plays that way, competes that way, and shows up. I don't care who plays. They're all Xs at the end of the day."

Former walk-on Wilson draws nod at middle linebacker | The Clarion-Ledger |

Though State lost two star linebackers from last season, Brandon Wilson believes the "average is up" among the group. Wilson was consistent last season, but had only 17 tackles as the top reserve behind White.

"I've seen a tremendous change in his play and he continues to compete," Lawrence said. "He's at the top of his game right now. I love playing side by side with him." - A lifelong dream come true for Hughes

With the season opening tomorrow, it'll give most of us a chance to see the redshirt freshmen, like Jay Hughes, in action for the first time.

As the son of an assistant coach, Hughes has been around college football his entire life and now after a redshirt season, will finally suit up to play in his first career game Thursday against Memphis.

"After all the developmental workouts with (Matt) Balis, when I redshirted, to two-a-days, this is just what I've been waiting on," Hughes said. "It's a chance to step on the field and show everybody what I can do."

Senior safety of Bulldogs has ties to Memphis area | Starkville Daily News

The southwest Tennessee native will have friends and family there on Thursday night, but Bonner doesn't feel any extra pressure.

"I know I'm going to have a lot of fans there, but I'm just going to go out there do what the coaches tell me to do and just play the game," said Bonner.

Bonner admits to being a Memphis fan growing up but thinks the feel of defeating his childhood team will "feel pretty good." ScoutTV: One-On-One With MSU's Wade Bonner

Gene's Page has even more with Wade Bonner.

Notebook: Poe, Trotter concern Mullen | The Clarion-Ledger |

Well, this sucks. 

Finding MSU's opener against Memphis on television could be tough for fans. Comcast customers in Hattiesburg, Meridian and Tupelo, and Cable One customers on the coast, and in McComb, Cleveland, Grenada, Natchez and Yazoo City will be unable to view the game. Neither carrier lists SportSouth on its lineup.

SMITH COLUMN: MSU needs a good start at Memphis | Starkville Daily News

The Bulldogs must set out to prove that last season's success was no fluke. MSU is coming off one of its best campaigns in years by achieving a 9-4 record and won the Gator Bowl impressively 52-14 over Michigan.

There are quite a bit of high expectations for the Bulldogs coming into this season, and rightfully so, because there are 15 starters returning (eight on offense, seven on defense) from last year's squad. MSU is ranked 20th in two of the major polls (the USA Today Coaches and The Associated Press).

Sometimes high hopes can be diminished and a situation can snowball in a negative direction with a couple of unexpected losses early.