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College Football Preview 2011

College Football Preview 2011

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Mississippi State has defeated Ole Missthe past two years to win the Egg BowlTrophy. Ole Miss coach Houston Nutt and Alabama coach Nick Saban. Credits:MSU sports information, Ole Miss sportsinformation, and Kent Gidley, Alabama.
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Editor and Publisher
Birney Imes
Sports
Adam MinichinoMatt StevensDavid MillerGary Estwick
Cover Design
JackieTaylor
Photographers
Luisa PorterKelly TippettDavid Allen WilliamsStan Beall
Graphic Artists
Jackie TaylorJay Armstrong
Production
Tina PerryMatt Garner
ABOUT THE COVER
Mississippi State football coach Dan Mullen holds the trophy his team earned after it defeated theUniversity of Michigan 52-14 to win the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1, 2011. Mullen and the Bulldogs hopeto build on the momentum they established last season, which included a second consecutivevictoryagainst the University of Mississippi in the annual Egg Bowl game. At left is MSUDirector of Athletics Scott Stricklin.
Stan Beall/Special to the Dispatch
Building on 2010 Season
INSIDE
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MISSISSIPPI STATE OFFENSE:
Thingshaven’t come easily for running back VickBallard. The diminutive running backwasn’t highly recruited out of high schooland Mississippi Gulf Coast CommunityCollege, but he has overcome the odds.Coming off an impressive junior season,Ballard hopes to make a statement thisseason as one of the best running backsinthe SoutheasternConference.
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MISSISSIPPI STATE DEFENSE:
Brandon Maye thought about a lot morethan football when he consideredtransferring from Clemson University. TheMobile, Ala., native appears to havefound the right fit at Mississippi State.Not only will the linebacker be closer tohis family and continue to give back tothe community,but he also will be able tosee playing time immediately.
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BYMATTHEW STEVENS
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STARKVILLE —Brandon Maye will be theirst to tell you his career isonthe clock. Weeks ago, he decidedtouse his final eligibility or college football inStarkville. His ability tocomplete a four-year degree at Clemsonniversity enabled him totransfer to a school —Mississippi State —that has a graduate programthat was unavailable at hisprevious school. And while the decisionto leave the state of SouthCarolina to come toMississippi likely willallow him to see gameaction immediately, theMobile, Ala., native made very clear from the begin-ning this wasn’tsimply a football decision.“My goal is not to only come and be a footballplayer but to also be ableto get out and give back tothe community,” Mayesaid. “I want to make sureBrandon Maye leaves a brand here. I don’t want tobe just a football player  who came through and just played football for fivemonths. I want to comethrough and make a dif-ference.”Maye stayed awake worrying about his moth-er getting in her car after  work late Friday night anddriving several hours on a lonely highway to see himplay the sporthe loves.“My mom used to run a  very tight schedule,”Maye said. “She’sa(regis-tered nurse), so on Friday nights she used to leaveearly after work and haveto drive seven hours. Thenight beforethe game Icouldn’tsleep because I was thinking about my mom driving on the roadby herself because her and my stepdad comedown everygame. This will take a big load offof her.”Now that he doesn’t have to worry,Maye canget back to being a play-making linebacker. Hehad 233 tackles in 35games at Clemson, andset the school’ssingle-sea-son recordwith fiveforced fumbles in 2009. This season, Maye willbattle new roommateBrandon Wilson and redshirtfreshman FerlandoBohanna for the startinmiddle linebacker position when MSU opens the2011 season Sept. 1 at theUniversity of Memphis.“I’m not coming in asthe big head guy that says,‘I’m a three-year starter’or anything like that,
BYMATTHEW STEVENS
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STARKVILLE —othing has ever comeeasy for Vick Ballard. When asked where hesawhimself at this point ive years ago, MississippiState’s senior tailback did-n’t know how to reply. Henever imagined theanswer would involve himeing one of the best tail-acks in arguably the best conference in America.“I didn’t know or have a plan,” Ballard said. “I was-n’t highly recruited andave had to earn every-thing I’ve ever gotten.” The 21-year-old tail-ack, who has earned thenickname “warrior” fromrunning backs coach GregKnox, wasn’t referringonlyto football in respond-ing to the question.Ballard has been surviv-ing for quite some time.On the morning of Aug.29,2005, HurricaneKatrina’s 20-foot stormsurge and 30- to 55-foot waves flooded 92 percent ofhis hometown oPascagoula.Ballard said when hespoke to reporters at the2011 SoutheasternConference Media Days in July he “didn’t come fromthe best environment” andduring his high schoolcareer was only recruitedby historically black col-leges. He signing with Jackson State but chose toplay immediately at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College. After being named a first-team All-American by National Junior College Athletic Association andrushing for 1,728 yardsand 22 touchdowns as a sophomore at MGCCC,Ballard finally attractedattention and earned theopportunity he was look-ing for from the new MSUcoaching staff.“Most of the guys in theSEC are recruited heavi-ly,” Ballard said. “I just always knew I could play. Inever got the exposurelike everybody else. Like Isaid, I’m here now, so Ireally can’t complain.” The reason he’s at MSU can be traced backto the MGCCC coach
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Head Coach
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Assistant Coaches
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GeoffCollinsCo-DefensiveCoordinator/Linebackers
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John HevesyOffensive Line /Running Game Coordinator 
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Tony HughesSafeties / Recruiting Coordinator 
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Greg KnoxRunning Backs
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Les KoenningOffensive Coordinator /Quarterbacks
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 Angelo MirandoWide Receivers
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Scott SallachTight Ends
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Melvin SmithCornerbacks/Nickelbacks
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Chris WilsonCo-Defensive Coordinator /Defensive Line
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Jon Clarkssistant AD/Football Operations
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Matt BalisHead Strength Coach
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Rockey Felker Director of Player Personnel /High School Relations
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Mark Ouimetssistant Recruiting Coordinator 
Coaching StaffMSU Football Game /DawgTalk Callin Show Radio Affiliates
2011SCHEDULE
Sept. 1At Memphis, 7 p.m.Sept. 10At Auburn, 11:21 a.m.Sept. 15LSUSept. 24LOUISIANA TECHOct. 1At GeorgiaOct. 8At UABOct. 15SOUTH CAROLINAOct. 29At KentuckyNov.5UT-MARTINNov.12ALABAMANov. 19At ArkansasNov. 26OLE MISS
HOME GAMES IN CAPS
MS OPP
SCORING 377 258Points Per Game 29.0 19.8FIRSTDOWNS 268 252Rushing 144 95Passing 111 140Penalty 13 17RUSHING YARDAGE 2793 1548Yards gained rushing 3084 1878Yards lost rushing 291 330Rushing Attempts 619 435 Average Per Rush 4.5 3.6 Average Per Game 214.8 119.1TDs Rushing 28 11PASSING YARDAGE 2424 3091Comp-Att-Int 168-288-13 258-446-13 Average Per Pass 8.4 6.9 Average Per Catch 14.4 12.0 Average Per Game 186.5 237.8TDs Passing 18 19TOTALOFFENSE 5217 4639Total Plays 907 881 Average Per Play 5.8 5.3 Average Per Game 401.3 356.8KICK RETURNS 51-1083 64-1450PUNTRETURNS: 17-153 17-94INTRETURNS: 13-84 13-151KICK RETURN AVG 21.2 22.7PUNTRETURN AVG 9.0 5.5INTRETURN AVERAGE 6.5 11.6FUMBLES-LOST17-8 18-15PENALTIES-Yards 68-559 78-617 Average Per Game 43.0 47.5PUNTS-Yards 59-2450 59-2497 Average Per Punt 41.5 42.3Netpunt average 37.9 38.4TIME OF POSSESSION 31:32 28:283RD-DOWN Conversions 90/196 64/1853rd-Down Pct 46% 35%4TH-DOWN Conversions 15/19 9/244th-Down Pct 79% 38%SACKSBY-Yards 26-158 23-134MISC YARDS -20 24TDsSCORED 48 30FGS-ATTEMPTS 13-19 17-26N-SIDE KICKS 1-1 0-2ED-ZONE(39-49) 80% (29-40) 73%ED-ZONE TDs (32-49) 65% (17-40) 43% AT-ATTEMPTS (48-48) 100% (27-29) 93%TTENDANCE 384,995 375,568Games/Avg 7/54999 5/75114Neutral Site Games 1/68325
2010RESULTS
Sept. 4MEMPHIS W 49-7Sept. 9AUBURN L 17-14Sept. 18At LSUL 29-7Sept. 25GEORGIA W 24-12Oct. 2ALCORN ST W 49-16Oct. 9At Houston W 47-24Oct. 16At Florida W 10-7Oct. 23UABW29-24Oct. 30KENTUCKY W 24-17Nov. 13AT ALABAMA L 30-10Nov.20ARKANSAS L 31-28 2OTNov. 27At Ole Miss W 31-23Jan. 1Michigan W 52-14HOMEGAMESINCAPS
MISSISSIPPI STATE BULLDOGS
2010Team Statistics
City StationFrequency
 Aberdeen WWZQ-AM*1240 Amory WAMY-AM*1580Batesville WBLE-FM100.5Biloxi/Gulfport WBUV-FM/WQYZ-FM104.9/92.5BudeWMJU-FM*104.3ColumbiaWCJU-FM*104.9Corinth WKCU-AM*1350Ferriday, La.KWTG-FM*104.7French CampWFCA-FM*107.9GreenvilleWDMS-FM*100.7Greenwood/Indianola WTCD-FM*96.9Grenada WOHT-FM*92.3Hattiesburg WMXI-FM*98.1Jackson WZNO-FM*105.9McComb WAKK-FM*104.9Memphis, Tenn. KQPN-AM*730Meridian WMOX-AM*1010Monticello WRQO-FM*102.1Philadelphia WWSL-FM*102.3Tupelo WXWX-FM*96.3Tylertown WTYL-FM*97.7Vicksburg WVBG-FM*105.5Waynesboro WABO-AM990West Point WKBB-FM*100.9Winona WONA-FM*95.1Yazoo City WBYP-FM*/WELZ-AM*107.1/1460
NOTE
:All stations above will carry Mississippi State’s 2010football games.The stations denoted with a * also will carry MSUcoach DanMullen’s weekly call-in show, DawgTalk. Fans can call into theshow by dialing 866-998-4893.
Bulldogs will hold annual Fan Day
 From Special Reports
Mississippi State fansare invited to participate inthe annual Fan Day Celebration on Saturday, Aug. 27, in the PalmeiroCenter.“Our players get a lot out of having our fans aroundthe program and knowinghow important the things we do aretothe people of Mississippi,”MSUcoachDan Mullen said.Fan Day, a yearly kick-off meet-the-team celebra-tion, will feature playersand coaches signing auto-graphs, photo opportuni-ties with Bully, the teammascot, and several other fun features. Doors willopen at noon, and playersand coaches will be inattendance from 1-3 p.m.Earlier in the day,student ticket sales will begin at the Davis Wade Stadiumticket office.
OVERLOOKED ‘WARRIOR’
RBBallard will try to build on record-breaking junior season
Vick Ballard rushed for 76 yards and three touchdowns in Mississippi State’s 52-14 victory againstthe University of Michigan in the Gator Bowl on Jan. 1, 2011, in Jacksonville, Fla.
Stan Beall/Special to the Dispatch
Vick Ballard represented the Mississippi State football team atthe annual Southeastern Conference Media Days in July inHoover, Ala.
David Allen Williams/Special to the Dispatch
Linebacker Maye wants to make most of year in Starkville
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