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College Football Preview 2012

College Football Preview 2012

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FOOTBALL
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August 12, 2012
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SUNDAY, AUGUST 12, 2012COLLEGE FOOTBALL PREVIEW
 
By MATTHEW STEVENS
mstevens@cdispatch.com
STARKVILLE —TheMississippi State University running backs don’twant to lis-ten to the preseason talk about the offense becoming moreof a passing attack. The tailbacks in maroon and white know what MSU has beenable to do, and they believe they can continue that trend.“Mississippi State is basedon running,” MSU redshirt freshman tailback JoshRobinson said. “Wegot four great running backs so why not run the ball?”In the past three yearsunder coach Dan Mullen, MSUhas averaged 35 more yardsrushing than passing game.Partof that discrepancy can beattributed to a lack of experi-enced receivers and a truepocket quarterback.“Our philosophy won’t change, but you’ll see differ-ences in this year’steam utiliz-ing Tyler (Russell’s) passingabilities,” Mullen said. “Youmight see more five widereceivers this year (and) wemight lean more or use 30 per-cent more of the offense that  we haven’t used as much thelast couple of years.” The question entering fallcamp and the team’sseasonopener against Jackson Stateon Sept. 1 is who will replacethe production of tailback VickBallard, the school’ssingle-sea-son record holder for touch-downs, who is in training camp with the NFL’s IndianapolisColts.In 2006, MSU had a similar problem under coach Sylvester Croom. At that time, all-timeleading rusher JeriousNorwood graduated. Morethan 3,900 rushing yardslater, Anthony Dixon made that prob-lem seem trivial at best as herumbled to 3,994 yards. After riding Dixon through a 5-7 first season in Starkville,
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Marcus Green and the Mississippi StateUniversity football team won their thirdconsecutive Egg Bowl game last season.The victory helped MSUbecome bowl eli-gible and was the final game at theUniversity of Miss for coach Houston Nutt.
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P.O. Box 511 Columbus, MS 39703 (662) 328-2424 
Editor and Publisher
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Sports
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Cover Design
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Photographers
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August 12, 2012
NEW HOME 
BUILDING STORES
Quality Materials Since 1939
Monday- Friday7:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Please visit our website at www.newhomebuilding.net
COLUMBUS
1701Main St.• 328-4451
MACON
105Green St.•
726-5285
For Construction And Remodeling Needs,Go With The Best!
•QualityLumber 
We only purchase fromselectquality mills
•UnsurpassedDelivery 
Halfday lead time on mostorders, materials coveredatjobsite
•ExperiencedOutsideSalesmen& Staff 
Jobs checked daily oras requested
•Discount Pricing •Windows,Doors& More
Showroomfeatures Ply Gemwindows and Peachtreeand MGM Industries doors and windows
•Internet AccesstoYourAccount 
Links toproductcatalogs, ability toprice jobs fromhome oroffice
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ABOUT THE COVERINSIDE
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Head Coach
Dan Mullen
Assistant Coaches
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Geoff Collins - Co-DefensiveCoordinator/Linebackers
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John Hevesy - Offensive Line /Running Game Coordinator 
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Tony Hughes - Safeties /Recruiting Coordinator 
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Greg Knox - Running Backs
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Les Koenning - OffensiveCoordinator / Quarterbacks
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 Angelo Mirando - Wide Receivers
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Scott Sallach - Tight Ends
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Melvin Smith - Cornerbacks /Nickelbacks
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Chris Wilson - Co-DefensiveCoordinator / Defensive Line
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Jon Clark - Assistant AD / FootballOperations
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Matt Balis - Head Strength Coach
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Rockey Felker Director of Player Personnel /High School Relations
Coaching Staff Radio Affiliates
MSU OPP
SCORING 329 256Points Per Game 25.3 19.7FIRSTDOWNS 241 257Rushing 123 118Passing 101 123Penalty 17 16RUSHING YARDAGE 2279 1995Yards gained rushing 2649 2295Yards lost rushing 370 300Rushing Attempts 513 536 Average Per Rush 4.4 3.7 Average Per Game 175.3 153.5TDs Rushing 19 15PASSING YARDAGE 2364 2563Comp-Att-Int 198-349-13 280-434-12 Average Per Pass 6.8 5.9 Average Per Catch 11.9 9.2 Average Per Game 181.8 197.2TDs Passing 19 12TOTALOFFENSE 4643 4558Total Plays 862 970 Average Per Play 5.4 4.7 Average Per Game 357.2 350.6KICK RETURNS: 42-779 56-1120PUNTRETURNS: 28-311 24-119INTRETURNS: 12-186 13-103KICK RETURN AVG 18.5 20.0PUNTRETURN AVG 11.1 5.0INTRETURN AVERAGE 15.5 7.9FUMBLES-LOST21-7 25-8PENALTIES-Yards 71-567 81-698 Average Per Game 43.6 53.7PUNTS-Yards 71-2970 72-3053 Average Per Punt 41.8 42.4Net punt average 37.9 36.4TIME OF POSS/Game 26:16 33:383RD-DOWN Conversions 72/186 77/2113rd-Down Pct 39% 36%4TH-DOWN Conversions 9/18 13/254th-Down Pct 50% 52%SACKS BY-Yards 27-165 25-182MISC YARDS 15 -10TDs SCORED 4228FIELD GOALS-ATT12-19 20-28ON-SIDE KICKS 0-0 0-0Red Zone Scores (34-40) 85% (34-46) 74%RED-ZONE TDs (22-40) 55% (21-46) 46%PAT-ATTEMPTS (39-40) 98% (28-28) 100% ATTENDANCE 335695 356190Gmd/Avg Per Gm 6/55949 6/59365Neutral Site Games 1/55208
MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS
2011 Team Statistics
City StationFrequency
 Aberdeen WWZQ-AM1240 Amory WAMY-AM1580Batesville WBLE-FM100.5ColumbiaWCJU-FM104.9Corinth WKCU-AM1350Ferriday,La.KWTG-FM104.7French CampWFCA-FM107.9GreenvilleWDMS-FM100.7Greenwood/Indianola WTCD-FM96.9Grenada WOHT-FM92.3Hattiesburg WMXI-FM98.1Jackson WZNO-FM105.9LucedaleWRBE-FM106.9Memphis, Tenn. KQPN-AM730Meridian WMOX-AM1010Monticello WRQO-FM102.1Philadelphia WWSL-FM102.3Tupelo WXWX-FM96.3Vicksburg WVBG-FM105.5Waynesboro WABO-AM990West Point WKBB-FM100.9Winona WONA-FM95.1Yazoo City WBYP-FM*/WELZ-AM107.1/1460
NOTE
:All stations above will carry Mississippi State’s 2012football games and DawgTalk, MSUcoach Dan Mullen’s weekly call-in show. Fanscan call into the show by dialing 866-998-4893.
HailStateTV (Audio/Video Streaming):
 Audio (live) and video (on-demand)streamed broadcasts of MSU football games are available exclusively throughHailStateTV,MSU's premium multimedia service. For more information, consultHailStateTV headquarters.
 
2012 Schedule
Sept. 1JACKSONSTATESept. 8AUBURNSept. 15Troy Sept. 22SOUTHALABAMAOct. 6KentuckOct. 13TENNESSEEOct. 20MIDDLETENNESSEEOct. 27AlabamaNov. 3TEXAS A&MNov. 10At LSUNov. 17ARKANSASNov.24Ole MissHOME GAMES IN CAPS
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 would like to thank theedia relations and sports informationepartments at Mississippi Stateniversity, East Mississippi Community ollege, Itawamba C.C., the University of ississippi, and the University of labama for their help in gathering all of heinformation in this year’s section.
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 Aspecial thanks goes out to Stacy Clark for designing several covers,including the one that was selected for this year.
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Fans can follow Matt Stevens cover-age of MSUat www.cdispatch.com and onhisblog, which you also can access on theebsite. You can also stay abreast of thelatest MSUnews by following him on witter at: @matthewcstevens.
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Mississippi State University . . . . . . . .3-5East Mississippi Community College .6Itawamba C.C. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .7University of Mississippi . . . . . . . . .9-10University of Alabama . . . . . . . . . . .11-12SoutheasternConference on TV .13, 15ECPreview . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .15
THANKS / ABOUT US
2011 Results
Sept. 1W, 59-14At MemphisSept. 10L, 41-34AtAuburnSept. 15L, 19-6 LSUSept. 24W, 26-20 OTLA. TECHOct. 1L, 24-10At GeorgiaOct. 8W, 21-3 UABOct. 15L, 14-12S. CAROLINAOct. 29W, 28-16At Kentucky Nov. 5W, 55-7TENN.-MARTINNov.12L, 24-7ALABAMANov. 19L, 44-17At ArkansasNov.26W,31-3OLE MISSDec. 30W,23-17vs. W.ForestHOME GAMES IN CAPS
LaDarius Perkins isthe leading candidateto replace VickBallard and keep theMississippi StateUniversity runninggame movingforward. Last season,Perkins was secondon the team with 422rushing yards. Healso had twotouchdowns andaveraged 4.9 yardsper carry. Thosenumbers pale incomparison to whatBallard, who led theway with 1,189rushing yards and 10touchdowns. Ballardhad more than doublethe number of carriesthan Perkins(193-87).Quarterback ChrisRelf was second onthe team in rushes(123). Nick Griffin,Josh Robinson, andDerek Milton also willtry to work into thebackfield rotation.
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MSUwill look to replace Ballard

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