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  Mississippi State football players are making their own foray into the name, image and likeness space. What dozens of Bulldogs teased Tuesday on social media launched Wednesday afternoon: the new Starkville NIL Club, a player-led fan community aimed at generating money to be distributed evenly across MSU's roster. More than 95 players are participating in the club, according to a joint statement tweeted out by countless MSU players slightly before 2 p.m. Tuesday. Fans must give $5 or more per month for a subscription to the club. Those who subscribe are slated to receive exclusive chat rooms; message boards; player-recorded content on past games, upcoming matchups, practice updates, film breakdowns and more; and opportunities for digital meet-and-greets, Q&As and interviews with players. - The Dispatch

rSr/2023 DT Cameron YoungMississippi State
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  2022 PRESEASON PAUL HORNUNG AWARD WATCH LIST: Jo'Quavious Marks, Mississippi State,...Marks has certainly showcased his versatility during his first two seasons in Mike Leach's Air Raid offense. He has not only proven he can pick up yardage by carrying the football but can also be an effective option in the passing game as both a blocker and receiver out of the backfield. The 5-foot-10, 210-pounder from Atlanta, Georgia has rushed 176 times for 728 yards and nine touchdowns in his career while also hauling in 143 passes for 770 yards and three more scores. He has also returned 11 kickoffs for 231 yards. Marks broke the Bulldogs' receiving record for both a running back and a freshman in 2020 with his 60-catch season. Last fall, Marks' 83 catches were the most by a running back in the country and also topped all Southeastern Conference tailbacks with 502 receiving yards. - Mississippi State Football

Jr/2024 RB JoQuavious MarksMississippi State
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  2022 PRESEASON CHUCK BEDNARIK AWARD WATCH LIST: Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State, Junior CB,...In 2021, Forbes started all 13 games for the Bulldogs and totaled 60 tackles on the season, including 46 solo stops. He tallied 5.0 tackles for loss with one sack and led the team with three interceptions returned for a total of 33 yards. As a sophomore, Forbes led the State defense with five pass breakups while he also forced one fumble on the campaign. - Mississippi State Football

Jr/2024 CB Emmanuel ForbesMississippi State
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  2022 PRESEASON BRONKO NAGURSKI TROPHY WATCHLIST: CB Emmanuel Forbes, Mississippi State,...Forbes enters the season as the active leader in career interceptions returned for touchdowns among FBS players. His three career pick-6's are the most in school history and also has him ranked second nationally in overall defensive touchdowns entering 2022. The 6-foot, 180-pounder from Grenada, Mississippi has appeared in all 24 games during his Bulldog career and drawn 22 starts. He has racked up 104 tackles across his two seasons including 5.5 tackles for loss, one sack, one forced fumble, eight interceptions and 19 pass breakups. Forbes started every contest last fall and stacked up 60 tackles - 46 of which were solo stops. He also added five tackles behind the line of scrimmage, one sack and led the team with three interceptions, eight pass deflections and forced a fumble. - Mississippi State Football

Jr/2024 CB Emmanuel ForbesMississippi State
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  2022 PRESEASON RIMINGTON TROPHY WATCHLIST: LaQuinston Sharp, Mississippi State,...Sharp received an extra year of eligibility from the NCAA last December and will return to MSU for a sixth season of college football. He made the switch to center last offseason and started every game for the Bulldogs in 2021. - Mississippi State Football

rSr/2023 C LaQuinston SharpMississippi State
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  2022 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATE: Dillon Johnson (Jr.), Mississippi State,... Born Dillon Alexander Johnson-Norris on June 15, 2001. Starred in basketball and football at St. Joseph High in Greenville, Miss., winning three state titles in as a football quarterback/running back and standout defensive back. Has school single-game scoring record in basketball with 53 points. Committed to MSU in June 2019 then played 2020 as his true freshman year. Last season Johnson (6-0, 210) carried 89 times for 485 yards and four touchdowns. He collected 949 of all-purpose yards, including 422 as a receiver. - Mississippi State Football

Jr/2024 RB Dillon JohnsonMississippi State
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  2022 PRESEASON DOAK WALKER AWARD CANDIDATE: Joquavious Marks (Jr.), Mississippi State,...Running back Joquavious Marks (5-10, 21) committed to MSU in May of 2019. In 2020, listed as his "true freshman year," Marks appeared in all 11 games with eight starts … Set the single-season mark for receptions by a freshman and by a running back with 60 catches ... Bested the previous marks, both held by Justin Griffith (37; 1999) ... Finished tied for No. 6 on the single-season receptions chart (60) with De'Runnya Wilson (60; 2015). ied for No. 49 nationally and No. 7 in the SEC in receptions per game (5.5) ... Tied for the most receptions by an FBS freshmen (60) with Pittsburgh's Jordan Addison (who famously transferred to USC). In 2021 Marks caught 83 passes for 502 yards and three touchdowns receiving, added 416 yards and six touchdowns rushing and had 1,49 yards total offense (231 on kick returns), validating his status as a four-star recruit back in 2019. - Mississippi State Football

Jr/2024 RB JoQuavious MarksMississippi State
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  2022 PRESEASON MAXWELL AWARD WATCH LIST: Will Rogers, Mississippi State,...as a sophomore in 2021 Mississippi State quarterback Will Rogers (6-2, 210) Started all 13 games...Led the SEC in passing yards per game (364.5)...Finished third in the FBS in total passing yards (4,739)...His 4,739 passing yards were the third most in SEC single-season history...Ranked second in the SEC and seventh in the nation in passing touchdowns (36)...Joined 2019 Heisman Trophy winner Joe Burrow of LSU as the only quarterbacks in college football over the last 22 seasons to throw for 4,700+ yards and 35+ touchdowns while completing at least 73 percent of passes. - Mississippi State Football

Jr/2024 QB Will RogersMississippi State
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  2022 PRESEASON DAVEY O'BRIEN NATIONAL QUARTERBACK AWARD WATCH LIST: Will Rogers, Mississippi State, Jr., 6-2, 210, Brandon, Miss.,...As a sophomore in 2021, Rogers led the SEC in passing yards per game (364.5) and finished third in the FBS in total passing yards (4,739). His 4,739 passing yards were the third most in SEC single-season history, while he ranked second in the SEC and seventh in the nation in passing touchdowns (36). After breaking nearly every freshman passing mark in MSU history in 2020, Rogers broke 25 more records during his sophomore season in 2021, including Dak Prescott's records for single-season total offense, passing yards and passing touchdowns that Prescott set as a fourth-year junior and fifth-year senior. Rogers finished the 2021 the regular season with a streak of 10 straight 300-plus yard passing games. - Mississippi State Football

Jr/2024 QB Will RogersMississippi State
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  Mike Leach will hold court shortly after lunchtime at 2022 Southeastern Conference Media Days on July 19 in Atlanta. The third-year Mississippi State head coach is set to hold his main media session at the College Football Hall of Fame/Omni Hotel from 1 p.m. to 1:30 p.m. during the event's second day. Alabama coach Nick Saban, Vanderbilt coach Clark Lea and South Carolina coach Shane Beamer are also slated to speak to media that day. Mississippi State will bring three players to speak from 1:55 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. Defensive lineman Jaden Crumedy and linebacker Nathaniel Watson will make their first appearances at media days; wide receiver Austin Williams will return for the second straight year. - The Dispatch

rSr/2023 DT Jaden CrumedyMississippi State
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  Mississippi State head football coach Mike Leach has received a two-year contract extension, MSU confirmed Tuesday morning. Leach's new contract now runs through the 2025 season, a four-year term that is the longest allowable by Mississippi law. His original deal was for four years at $5 million per season. The former Texas Tech and Washington State coach has gone 11-13 in two seasons in Starkville, making a bowl game in 2020 and 2021.

The Bulldogs beat Tulsa in the Armed Forces Bowl in Leach's first year and lost to Texas Tech in the Liberty Bowl last December. Leach's extension comes ahead of what could be a promising year for the Bulldogs, who return quarterback Will Rogers and a host of talent on offense and defense. MSU showed some of its potential last season, winning games against NC State, Texas A&M, Kentucky and Auburn. But a tough schedule could limit Mississippi State's success in 2022. - The Dispatch


Jr/2024 QB Will RogersMississippi State
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  Will Rogers believes Mississippi State's football team is ready to take the next step into becoming a Southeastern Conference championship contender in 2022. The junior quarterback said they will have to become more consistent. Mississippi State had a 7-6 record with a 34-7 loss to Texas Tech in the Liberty Bowl last season. "You just have to take it a week at a time," Rogers said while working as a camp counselor at the Manning Passing Academy at Nicholls in Thibodaux on Friday. "We're trying to be consistent and more efficient. There were some games last year we probably should have won, which is why they say you have to take it week in and week out and one game at a time. "If we do that and we're able to compete every single week, then I think we'll have a pretty good chance."

The 6-foot-2, 210-pound Rogers played in 13 games as a sophomore last year. He passed for 4,739 yards, 36 touchdowns, nine interceptions and 364.5 yards per game. He completed 74% of his passes. Rogers said working in Mississippi State coach Mike Leach's "Air-Raid" offense system has helped him improve. "I'm going on my third year with Coach Leach," Rogers said. "He's done a good job of coaching me and teaching me things. We're looking forward to a big year. I hope we can put up a lot of points and score a lot." As he prepares for the season, Rogers said he has worked to improve his techniques both physically and mentality. He spent time working with David Morris of QB Country in Mobile, Alabama. - The Clarion Ledger


Jr/2024 QB Will RogersMississippi State
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  Mississippi State football added to its secondary Monday night when defensive back Jordan Morant announced his commitment. The Michigan transfer defensive back is headed to Starkville after two seasons with the Wolverines. He appeared in eight games last season and recorded one tackle. He redshirted his freshman season of 2020. Morant attended Bergen Catholic High School in Oradell, New Jersey. He was a four-star prospect, according to the 247Sports composite. - The Clarion Ledger

Jr/2024 SS Jordan MorantMississippi State
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  Poised for a 2022 standout season: Placekicker Massimo Biscardi is a transfer from Coastal Carolina at a position where the Bulldogs had significant issues. Biscardi was 46 of 57 in four seasons with Coastal Carolina and made at least one kick of 50-plus yards each year. - AP College Football

rSr/2023 K Massimo BiscardiMississippi State
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  A reserve Michigan defensive back who entered the transfer portal last month has decided on his next stop. Jordan Morant, who appeared in eight games over two seasons for the Wolverines, announced his commitment to Duke University on Saturday. In a post on social media, Morant wrote "back to work" to accompany a graphic announcing his commitment. The 6-foot, 210-pound safety was an academic all-Big Ten selection but never found his footing early on in Ann Arbor. He redshirted as a freshman in 2020, then spent a bulk of his eight appearances in 2021 on special teams.

There was a belief that Morant would work his way into the rotation this year, especially with Michigan losing both of its starters from last season. But the Parisppany, N.J., elected to enter the portal in April after the team concluded spring practice. At Duke, Morant will have three years of eligibility remaining and figures to get an opportunity to play a bigger role. The former four-star recruit was a top-200 prospect in 2020, and considered a top-five player in the state of New Jersey. - Ann Arbor News


Jr/2024 SS Jordan MorantMississippi State
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