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100 Days of MSU Football - Day 65

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100 Days of MSU Football - Day 65

Like Rob has touched on the last several days, the 1960's was not the best decade of football for Mississippi State. 1965 was no different for MSU, as the dogs finished a meager 4-6, 1-5 in the SEC. One of the bright spots in that 1965 season however was the return game for the maroon and white. Whether it was returning a punt or returning a kickoff, MSU was the best in the SEC in '65.

Dan Bland handled the kickoff returning duties in 1965, and he was the SEC's best, averaging a league best 25.0 yards per return. Bland actually had quite the career as a return man, as he led the entire NCAA the previous season in 1964 with a 27.4 yards per return average.

Handling punt returns in '65 was Marcus Rhoden, and Rhoden was a phenomenal return man on 4th down for State, averaging an SEC-best 21.7 yards per return. Rhoden also tallied 3 punt return TD's that season, which still stands as the most in a single season in MSU history. I honestly did not know that until just now

The 1965 season was just a really crappy Christmas gift, so we just ended up returning it.

/shows self out