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  WEEK 2 SEC CO-OFFENSIVE LINEMAN OF THE WEEK: Darryl Williams, C, Mississippi State,...Williams, a preseason All-SEC selection, graded out the highest for an MSU rushing attack that produced 210 yards against a Southern Miss defense that hadn't surrendered a 100-yard rusher in 15 games...Williams allowed zero pressures in his start at center...Southern Miss entered the game having not surrendered 30 or more points in 12 consecutive games, representing the fifth longest streak in the nation. - SEC Football

(DS#2 C) rSr/2020 C Darryl WilliamsMississippi State
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  09/07/19 - Kylin HillJr/2021, Mississippi State, 5-10, 215 (DS#14 RB) + More +

  Kylin Hill rushed for 123 yards and one touchdown to lead Mississippi State to a 38-15 win over Southern Mississippi Saturday at Davis Wade Stadium. Hill was injured late in the first half but returned in the second half and totaled 67 yards and his touchdown run in the second half. The Bulldogs (2-0) finished with 386 yards of total offense and collected 210 yards on the ground. "I thought we didn't flinch in the face of adversity and we had moments to do that," said head coach Joe Moorhead. "We had one guy go down on offense and then on defense. But as I've said, we have good leadership in our program and we have to be like our mascot and be a Bulldog. Our offense found a good balance and productivity. We left some things on the field but as we progress, we will clean those things up. It was just a good team win."

Southern Miss (1-1) was held scoreless in the first 40 minutes of action. The Golden Eagles got their first touchdown on a Jack Abraham 28-yard touchdown pass to Jaylond Adams. Abraham also connected with Jordan Mitchell in the final quarter on a 65-yard scoring toss. Mississippi State was efficient in the first half on offense and held a 21-0 lead at halftime. Quarterback Tommy Stevens opened the game a perfect 9 of 9 passing before being injured late in the second quarter. Stevens had touchdown passes to Osirus Mitchell and Stephen Guidry before exiting the game. The Bulldogs added a Nick Gibson 13-yard touchdown run with 42 seconds left in the first half. But the first half was costly for Mississippi State as Stevens did not return to action in the second half. The former Penn State transfer finished 9 of 10 passing for 105 yards and two touchdowns. - AP College Football


(DS#14 RB) Jr/2021 RB Kylin HillMississippi State
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  Tommy Stevens had to wait a long time for his first start as a college quarterback. But the wait was worth it. Stevens passed for two touchdowns and ran for one as Mississippi State defeated Louisiana-Lafayette 38-28 on Saturday in the Mercedes-Benz Superdome. The former Penn State backup who learned from Bulldogs' second-year coach Joe Moorhead when Moorhead was the Nittany Lions' offensive coordinator, completed 20 of 30 passes for 236 yards.

He had passes of 31 yards to Osirus Mitchell on the game's first possession and 12 yard to Austin Williams early in the fourth quarter to complete a 21-0 run. "I texted Tommy last night," Moorhead said. "I told him this is the opportunity you've worked your whole life for. Go out, play loose and have fun. "I thought it was a good positive step for the rest of the season." Kylin Hill rushed 27 times for 197 yards and a touchdown and Stevens had a 4-yard touchdown run that broke a 14-all tie with 31 seconds left in the first half. - AP College Football


(DS#16 QB) rSr/2020 QB Tommy StevensMississippi State
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  Penn State graduate transfer Tommy Stevens has won the starting quarterback job at Mississippi State. Stevens beat out junior Keytaon Thompson and will start Aug. 31 in New Orleans when the Bulldogs' meet Louisiana-Lafayette in their season opener. Mississippi State coach Joe Moorhead is very familiar with Stevens from their shared history at Penn State. Moorhead was Penn State's offensive coordinator from 2016-17, while Stevens was a reserve quarterback for the Nittany Lions from 2016-18.

"It was a great, great competition," Moorhead said Thursday. "Both guys are similar in size and provide equal threats in the run game. We said the decision making was going to come down to who could create explosive plays, who could minimize turnovers and who can throw the ball with the best accuracy on a consistent manner. So we informed the team that Tommy Stevens has earned the right to be the starting quarterback for this year." The 6-foot-5 Stevens went 24 of 41 for 304 yards with four touchdown passes and one interception in 23 games at Penn State. Stevens also rushed for 506 yards and eight touchdowns, and he caught 14 passes for 62 yards and two scores. Stevens is replacing departed three-year starter Nick Fitzgerald, whose 3,607 career yards rushing were the most ever by a Southeastern Conference quarterback. - AP College Football


(DS#16 QB) rSr/2020 QB Tommy StevensMississippi State
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  2019 PRESEASON COACHES ALL-SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL FIRST TEAM: LB Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State,...Thompson enters his junior season with 133 total tackles, including 14.5 for loss and six sacks, in 26 games played. He has started 16 straight contests, including all 13 games last season for the nation's top-ranked defense. Last season, Thompson ranked second on the team in total tackles (87), tied for third in tackles for loss (9.0), added 3.5 sacks and collected a pair of interceptions.

He earned second-team All-SEC honors from The Associated Press for his efforts. The Florence, Alabama, product was voted the defensive team captain for the 2019 season and is also an early candidate for the Bednarik Award, Butkus Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy. - Mississippi State Football


(DS#7 ILB) rJr/2021 ILB Erroll ThompsonMississippi State
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  2019 PRESEASON COACHES ALL-SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM: DB Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State,...Dantzler was one of only four SEC cornerbacks that did not allowed a touchdown (min. 345 coverage snaps played). A candidate for the Jim Thorpe Award, Bednarik Award, Butkus Award and the Bronko Nagurski Trophy, Dantzler also had a pair of interceptions and led the Bulldogs in passes defended (11). - Mississippi State Football

(DS#5 CB) rJr/2021 CB Cameron DantzlerMississippi State
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  08/15/19 - Kylin HillJr/2021, Mississippi State, 5-10, 215 (DS#14 RB) + More +

  2019 PRESEASON COACHES ALL-SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM: RB Kylin Hill, Mississippi State,...Hill, a candidate for the Maxwell and Doak Walker awards, rushed for 734 yards and four touchdowns on 117 attempts. The elusive, bruising running back started all 11 games he played in, and his top performance came in a road win at Kansas State, where he ran for 211 yards and accounted for three scores to earn the SEC's Offensive Player of the Week honor. The Columbus, Mississippi, native also recorded 100-yard rushing games in victories against No. 8 Auburn (126) and at Ole Miss (108). He averaged 6.3 yards per carry, which ranked sixth in the SEC. - Mississippi State Football

(DS#14 RB) Jr/2021 RB Kylin HillMississippi State
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  2019 PRESEASON COACHES ALL-SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL SECOND TEAM: C Darryl Williams, Mississippi State,...Williams is a preseason All-American and the Bulldogs' offensive team captain. He moved from left guard to center during spring drills to replace second-round draft pick and All-American Elgton Jenkins. The Outland and Rimington trophies candidate allowed only one sack, three quarterback hits and five hurries for just nine total pressures in 2018. - Mississippi State Football

(DS#2 C) rSr/2020 C Darryl WilliamsMississippi State
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  2019 PRESEASON COACHES ALL-SOUTHEASTERN CONFERENCE FOOTBALL THIRD TEAM: DL Chauncey Rivers, Mississippi State,...Rivers, who steps into a starting role and has broken out as a vocal leader on defense, played in all 13 games in 2018 and had impressive numbers on one of the best defensive lines in college football. He made 24 tackles, seven tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks. - Mississippi State Football

(DS#9 DE) rSr/2020 DE Chauncey RiversMississippi State
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  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT FBS P5 FOURTH TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: Erroll Thompson, Mississippi State, Jr.,...A smart, instinctive, hard-hitting playmaker, Thompson enters 2019 with 133 total tackles, including 14.5 for loss and six sacks, in 26 games played. He has started 16 straight games, including all 13 last season for the nation's top-ranked defense. The Florence, Alabama, product was voted the defensive team captain for the 2019 season by his teammates. - Mississippi State Football

(DS#7 ILB) rJr/2021 ILB Erroll ThompsonMississippi State
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  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT FBS P5 FOURTH TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: Darryl Williams, Mississippi State, Sr.,...One of the top offensive linemen in the nation, Williams was named offensive team captain following the spring game and moved from left guard to center during spring drills to replace second-round draft pick and All-American Elgton Jenkins. Williams enters his senior season with 32 career games played, including 25 starts. - Mississippi State Football

(DS#2 C) rSr/2020 C Darryl WilliamsMississippi State
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  2019 PRESEASON PHIL STEELE/DRAFT SCOUT FBS P5 SECOND TEAM ALL-AMERICAN: Cameron Dantzler, Mississippi State, Jr.,...The Louisiana product also had a pair of interceptions and led the Bulldogs in passes defended (11) in 2018. Dantzler enters his junior season with 68 career tackles, including four for loss and a sack. He has added three interceptions and 15 passes defended. - Mississippi State Football

(DS#5 CB) rJr/2021 CB Cameron DantzlerMississippi State
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  Stevens, who was coached by Joe Moorhead for two years when he was the offensive coordinator at Penn State, said Moorhead's offense at Mississippi State is "pretty much all the same." He said the only difference has been the way some plays are signaled. Stevens, now early in his third year under Moorhead's tutelage, said he feels more like a Bulldog veteran rather than a newcomer.

"Really, I guess that makes me the most experienced person here in this offense," Stevens said. "It helps me be a coach of some point and to be able to help those guys learn and give them examples of some of the things we did at Penn State. Things like that and any way I can help, I think the guys see that." - The Clarion Ledger


(DS#16 QB) rSr/2020 QB Tommy StevensMississippi State
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  2019 PRESEASON WUERFFEL TROPHY WATCH LIST: Kobe Jones, Mississippi State, Junior, DL,...Powerful defensive lineman who will be counted on at defensive end in 2019...Made his much-anticipated debut in 2017 after redshirting in 2016...Has seen the field in 26 games on special teams and defense...A two-time SEC Academic Honor Roll member...Enters his junior season with 40 total tackles, including 11.0 for loss and 1.0 sack...Also has a forced fumble and recovered fumble to his credit. - Mississippi State Football

(DS#23 DE) rJr/2021 DE Kobe JonesMississippi State
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  2019 PRESEASON OUTLAND TROPHY WATCH LIST: C Darryl Williams, Mississippi State,...Williams has racked up multiple preseason honors this summer. Last week, he was tabbed to the Rimington Trophy Watch List, which honors the nation's top center. He has also brought home preseason All-SEC and All-America honors. Williams was named offensive team captain following the spring game and moved from left guard to center during spring drills to replace second-round draft pick and All-American Elgton Jenkins. Williams enters his senior season with 32 career games played, including 25 starts. - Mississippi State Football

(DS#2 C) rSr/2020 C Darryl WilliamsMississippi State
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